How far could you walk while heavily pregnant? What about if you were in labour?
In rural Kenya, pregnant women often have to walk long distances over terrible roads to access health services. fundraising for Child.org supports programmes like our pregnancy support groups, so mums living in isolated rural communities can be reached by health services.
You can help by holding a (remote) Walk Like a Mum walk!
Walk like a mum!
Choose a scenic walking route near you, we suggest around 10 miles. The Walking Britain website has a fantastic list of routes to choose from.
Ask some friends to join you remotely & choose their own route.
Please note: If you choose to gather together in-person for the walk, you should follow government social distancing advice. You may be joined in-person by people you live with, your support bubble, or up to six people from outside your household. You should keep two metres apart from people not in your household or support bubble at all times.
Create your online donation page and ask friends, family and colleagues to donate, so we can create pregnancy support groups for young mums in Kenya.
Walk your walk while carrying a weight of 10kg (the average amount of extra weight carried by a woman when she is pregnant). Check-in with your fellow walkers on social media at set points to keep each other motivated. We strongly recommend carrying your weight in a sturdy backpack. (If you are pregnant yourself or have back problems, please consult a doctor before taking part, and we would recommend you do the walk without carrying the weight.)
Don't forget to drop us an email at email@example.com for advice or support!
Why should you Walk Like a Mum?
In Kenya, one in 26 babies don't survive to see their first birthday. Pregnancy, birth and raising your baby are all unacceptably dangerous for women in rural Kenya. Very young pregnant women are frequently ostracised and drop out of education, leaving them disempowered and without access to vital health information and services. This combined with high rates of FGM can present complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Child.org fund pregnancy support groups to provide mums with vital health information and peer support.
In 2019, our Team Mum campaign created pregnancy support groups in communities like Conzolata's. She walked for three hours over uneven terrain to attend nutritional training sessions so she could learn how to best care for Victor. Watch this video to hear her talk about what being a new mum is like when you're so hard to reach with health services and lack support.
Can I join an existing walk?
Sure! Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll let you know if there's a walk being organised in your local area.
Please note: due to government social distancing advice, we will not be organsing group walks at the moment - we will keep you updated if this changes.
Do I have to carry the weight?
Carrying the 10kg is part of the challenge, to give you an idea of what walking long distances is like for an expectant mum. However, if you and your walkers would prefer to go without, or to carry the weight between you, then feel free - it's your walk!
What will my donations be spent on?
This year, Child.org are raising funds to launch pregnant women's groups for young mums to keep them and their babies safer, and we're also hoping to launch a new version of our baby box project in a new area of Kenya. That's why we refer to our fundraisers as "in Team Mum"!
Can I use a JustGiving page / Facebook fundraiser / other fundraising platform instead of a Child.org fundraising page?
If you desperately want to. If you use our own donation pages you ensure that 100% of donations come directly to Child.org, and you help more people to learn about the charity. So we'd prefer it. But whatever floats your boat.
What are fundraising awards?
Small gifts that you can offer people in return for donating to support you. You can use them to encourage slightly larger donations and make your donors feel appreciated. We recommend something like:
Donate £10 and I'll record an effusive Thank You video.
Donate £20 and I'll bake you a cupcake
Donate £40 and I'll invite you to the end-of-walk celebration drinks!
I have more questions
If you're in contact with a Child.org Charity Fast-Tracker who has recruited you to their team, ask them! If not, get in touch with us (below).