How you can help mothers on the frontline of health and education

Not every child gets the flying start they deserve. In South Africa, health challenges, such as exposure to HIV, poor nutrition and a lack of parental education, can block a successful take-off for many infants and toddlers.

Founded in Cape Town in 2001, Mothers2mothers is an internationally recognised NGO which works in seven African countries.

It unlocks the power of African mothers to transform the health of families by serving as frontline health workers. These “Mentor Mothers” work at clinics, schools, churches and door-to-door in communities. They deliver vital health and education services, while educating and supporting mothers to ensure their children get the best possible start in life.

This festive season members of the public are being encouraged to donate towards educational gifts for children who are part of Mothers2mothers early childhood development programmes across South Africa.

Donations can be made until December 13 by visiting www.givengain.com/cc/BAsupportsm2m

A R100 donation could buy a set of stacking cups that develop gross motor skills and shape and colour recognition. A R200 contribution could help a toddler’s imagination soar with a new toy car. A R500 donation will provide a mini-toy kit consisting of cups, a car and an educational puzzle.

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To kickstart the campaign, British Airways is donating R100 000 towards it.

Frank Beadle de Palomo, Mothers2mothers president and CEO, said: “This donation will be a welcome boost to our programmes across South Africa. Every additional donation will help to make a big difference to a child’s development.”

Over the past 18 years, Mothers2mothers has created more than 10 000 jobs for HIV-positive women, who have reached more than 11 million women and children under the age of two with life-changing health services. In 2017, 97% of children enrolled in its early childhood development programme reached all their developmental milestones by the age of one.

It has helped to almost end mother-to-child transmission of HIV for women in the programme over the past five years. In 2018, the rate of transmission among enrolled mothers was 1.3%, far below the 5% UNAIDS defines as “virtual elimination”.

For more information visit www.m2m.org