Dar a Luz is a grassroots organization.Besides providing labor support to women in the hospitals, is also collaborating with traditional midwives, organizing donations of needed materials to underfunded hospitals and midwives in rural aereas, and working in the education sector to organizing workshops and training to student nurses, doctors and to women and their families.
In 2007, life brought Silvia Bahr to the labor ward of the public hospital in La Ceiba. She was dismayed and deeply touched by the conditions. She started to support the women in every way she could. Volunteered long term shifts, days, nights, weekends in the hospital and supported over years thousands of women.
In 2009 a a non profit associacion has been founded in Germany to support Silvia efforts in Honduras. In 2010 she started the search for volunteers to support her work. She called the organiztion in Honduras ‘Dar a Luz Honduras’.
In time she developed childbirth education material and programs specific for the culture of the Honduran women. Later she traveled throughout Honduras to explore other hospitals and regions and to distribute education material.
Through this work she pioneered the “support women during labor” in Honduras. She also took note of the needs that expanded outside the hospitals into the outlining communities.
“One of the greatest gifts about learning another language is that it provides key insights and perspective into one’s culture. For example, dar a luz, (literal translation “to give light”) is the expression used in Spanish when referring to a woman giving birth. What an exemplary phrase to describe one of the most precious moments in a woman’s life!” Anna Blankenberger