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 & choose their own route.
Please note: If you choose to gather together in-person for the walk, you should follow government social distancing advice (this links to the UK advice, but if you're somewhere else, check local guidelines).
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). If you're not walking together, 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's Team Mum projects provide mums with the information and support they need to keep themselves and their babies safe.
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?
Child.org support mums and babies with programmes like our pregnant women's groups and our baby box project to help keep them and their babies safe. 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
Get in touch with Jacob (below).