Dar a Luz Honduras was founded by Silvia Bahr and is a grassroots organization. In 2007, life brought Silvia to the public hospital in La Ceiba and while there she was dismayed by the conditions.
Having the desire to help, she started to support the women in every way she could. She spent days, nights, weekends in the hospital and supported thousands of women.
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 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. In 2009 she founded a non profit organization in Germany to support her work in Honduras. In 2010 she started the search for volunteers to support her efforts.
Dar a Luz now, besides providing labor suport to women in the hospitals, is also collaborating with traditional midwives, organizing donations of needed materials to midwives and underfunded hospitals, and working in the education sector to organizing workshops and training to student nurses ,doctors and to women and their families.
Some of Silvia’s biggest aims, besides improving maternal and infant health, are to change the conditions for the women in the hospitals where the situation is dire. An important aim is also to empower the traditional midwives.
“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