Launching this year: Team Mum pregnancy support groups in Meru, Kenya.
In Kenya, one in 26 babies die before they reach their first birthday. Between February and April 2019, Child.org's first ever big Team Mum appeal raised an incredible £502,952.10 from donations, Gift Aid and matched funding from the UK government.
Child.org are already using this funding to develop our new pregnancy support group programme in rural Kenya.
These new groups will arm new mums with the health information and support they need to keep themselves, and their babies safe. They are designed to provide practical health information to new mums. Each new mum will be provided with some baby essentials - including a weighing bag to help monitor the health of their baby. They’ll learn about breastfeeding, safe sleeping, what to expect during the birth and when they take the baby home. They will learn the warning signs to look out for - so they will know when to seek medical assistance at every stage of pregnancy and early motherhood.
The groups also provide a support system for young new mums - a place to ask questions and discuss problems in a friendly environment. Any new mum, wherever they live, knows how important this support can be.
Team Mum Ride Africa
Join our Ride Africa cycle rides and visit Team Mum projects.
Our July 2020 ride takes you up to Meru, where we're launching pregnant women's groups, funded by our 2019 Team Mum appeal. Or ride in October or November to discover our brand new route from Nairobi down to Kenya's coast - and visit a Baby Box pilot programme, where mums and newborn babies receive a Child.org baby box.
You'll see some of the most spectacular scenery in Kenya as you cycle through national parks, surrounded by wildlife. Every rider funds their own place on the ride - and can then choose to either fundraise or make a donation to support our work with mums and babies.
Our Team Mum pregnancy support groups are designed to create lasting change.
Of course, all mums pass life-lessons on to their children. The valuable knowledge that mums acquire at these support groups will be passed down through children and grandchildren.
But the projects we fund are also about transforming communities. We will train health volunteers, improve local healthcare, and run sessions that champion the respect and support of pregnant women to all members of the family. By doing so, we’ll ensure that the community is equipped to support and nurture healthy new mums independently for generations to come.
Between 1 Feb - 30 April 2019, our Team Mum campaign was supported by UK Aid Match, and all donations made during this period were matched by the UK government. Over the next year, all this government funding will be spent on launching our new pregnancy support groups in rural Kenya! After we launch the pregnancy support groups, Team Mum will work to design, fund and deliver more solutions like this for mums and babies in Kenya and in Sierra Leone. Make sure you're registered for our newsletter, so you hear about what Team Mum do next in our mission to make the world a safer place for new mums and newborn babies!