Hanan Waite, one of our neonatal nurses, envisioned a nonprofit that would improve mother and infant mortality in her native country of Ghana. She made her vision a reality, and today Earth’s Angels helps others around the world.
Hanan was born and raised in Ghana. After losing both of her parents due to the country’s lack of basic healthcare, she moved to America with her aunt and uncle. In 2011, Hanan gave birth to her son, Ramzi, prematurely at Northside. Both Hanan and Ramzi suffered from preeclampsia, and their lives were on the line for a number of weeks.
Today, Hanan and Ramzi are fine. But she couldn’t shake the thought of what would have happened if she had given birth in Ghana. “Neither of us would have made it,” she says.
When Ramzi was just one year old, Hanan began to envision a non-profit that would improve mother and infant mortality rates around the world, one mother and baby at a time. Before long, Earth’s Angels was born.
Earth’s Angels first focused its efforts on Ridge Hospital in Accra, Ghana. With Hanan’s help, the hospital received new medical supplies, diapers, clothing, infant food, formula, and other much needed items.
Hanan and a group of volunteers also visited the hospital, hand delivering supplies and offering hands-on help.
Today, Earth’s Angels also works with mothers and babies in Georgia. Last year, the organization began working with the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter in Buford.
“It’s my passion,” says Waite. “The happiness and passion are the fuel, and it has been for the past three years now.”
Read more about Hanan and Earth’s Angels in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and on www.earthsangels.org .