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Honor Mom this Mother’s Day by helping mothers around the world overcome chronic poverty. When a mother thrives, so will her children. Join the Mama Effect now!
ChildFund International
Richmond, Virginia
United States
5 Team Members

So, what’s the Mama Effect? 

It's simple: When a mother is healthy, safe and empowered, chances are her children will be, too.

In fact, a woman’s access to health care, nutrition and a chance at a decent living helps entire families and even communities. That’s the Mama Effect — and we want to see it spread. Please dig deep to help us reach our goal of raising $80,000 to make life a little easier for mothers, and to help children have a brighter, healthier future.

The best part? 

Each of our gifts available is a real gift — not a symbolic donation. And that means you can be sure that no matter what you choose — a mama kit, a bakery cart or a loan — a woman and her family will benefit directly from your donation.

In return, we’ll email you an "In Honor of" card that you can download, print and send to the woman in your life who has helped you the most — Mom, Grandma, sister or friend. Give in honor, give in thanks — just give!

Gifts That Make a Difference

Agnes and Her Microloan

For women like Agnes, a microloan means the difference between surviving and thriving. With a loan through a ChildFund-assisted savings and loan program in Uganda, Agnes was able to establish a flourishing sorghum business and is earning more money than ever before. “My greatest joy is in seeing my children go to school, get good medical services, proper food and clothing, which was very difficult before, considering that my husband is only a farmer. My whole life has changed,” she says with a smile.

Marielena's Mama’s Salchipapa Cart

Marielena is 8 years old and lives in rural Bolivia with her mother and three brothers. Because they live in a marginalized, indigenous community, the family has a hard time accessing basic services like education and health care. Marielena was sickly and struggled to keep up in school. And, as the sole income earner, her mother could barely make enough money to care for her children properly. But life for this family is changing for the better. Thanks to a generous ChildFund donor, Marielena’s mother received a salchipapa cart, and she now sells hotdogs and fries. With the extra income, she is better able to meet some of her children’s needs including school, basic health care and good nutrition.

Mama Kits Save Lives

Giving birth in Uganda is risky. UNICEF estimates that for every 1,000 infants born in Uganda, 45 will not survive past their first year. The good news is that with the proper care and resources, infant mortality is often preventable. Mama Kits are one way to help ensure a better chance at survival for expectant women and their babies. And follow-up maternal and nutrition workshops in the areas where ChildFund works help these mothers continue to give their children proper care.

About ChildFund International

ChildFund works in 30 countries around the world to improve the lives of children and their families. In 2013, with the help of generous donors and supporters, we reached more than 18.1 million children and family members. With your support, we help communities transform themselves into places where children are safe, healthy and on track toward achieving their fullest potential, despite the odds that poverty stacks against them.


Other Ways You Can Help

Can’t contribute today? Please consider sharing this campaign with your social networks, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to learn more about our work and other ways you can join in our mission to help children and families.

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This campaign ended on May 15, 2014
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  • $11USD
    Mosquito Net

    Each day, children around the world die from malaria. ChildFund staff members in Cambodia, The Gambia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Zambia have seen the suffering firsthand. They are requesting help. Give an insecticide-treated mosquito net and help protect children from the disease. You get a printable “In Honor of” card that we’ll email directly to you within 3 business days of your order.

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  • $30USD
    Children's Greatest Needs

    Funds for Children’s Greatest Needs help to operate programs in 30 countries around the world. This gift will help provide services to children and their families such as clean water, basic healthcare and education. You get a printable “In Honor of” card that we’ll email to you within 3 business days of your order, and 'Mama', a beautiful photo book with pictures and stories about the mothers and children in the communities where ChildFund works.

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  • $50USD
    Clean Water

    In countries where clean water is not easily accessible, it often falls upon girls and women to fetch water for their families’ use. This is a time-consuming and often dangerous task that keeps many girls away from school and women away from their homes. Your gift will help provide safe drinking water and water management training in communities throughout ChildFund’s program areas. You get a printable “In Honor of” card that we’ll email directly to you within 3 business days of your order.

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  • $137USD
    Small Business Loan

    This micro-loan helps a mother start a small business and use the profits to feed and clothe her children, pay school fees and settle medical bills. Your gift will make a difference for families in Ethiopia, The Gambia, Indonesia, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda and Vietnam. You get a printable “In Honor of” card that we’ll email directly to you within 3 business days of your order and the photo book 'Mama' (please allow extra time for shipping).

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  • $150USD
    Kenya: Feed 25 Orphans

    Malnutrition is a major threat to orphaned children, especially those affected by HIV and AIDS. Already fragile, they can become deathly ill if their nutrition level isn’t improved, and their growth and development can be severely affected. Giving a week’s worth of food to 25 orphans will keep them nourished, providing lifelong benefits. You get a printable “In Honor of” card emailed to you within 3 business days of your order, and the photo book ‘Mama’ (please allow extra time for shipping).

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  • $677USD
    Bolivia: Bakery Cart

    Help mothers in Bolivia grow their businesses and provide for their families. This bakery cart helps transport breads and cakes to the market, keeping them fresh so families can get the best price for their efforts. The cart also allows the baker to work flexible hours while still caring for the family. You get a printable “In Honor of” card that we’ll email to you within 3 business days of your order, and the photo book ‘Mama’ (please allow extra time for shipping).

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  • $1,554USD
    Philippines: Delivery Table

    In Maluso, there is no birthing facility, and the nearest hospital is more than 18 miles away. Your gift will equip the local health clinic with delivery tables, digital thermometers and infantometers —special weighing and measuring scales for infants. You get a printable “In Honor of” card that we’ll email to you within 3 business days of your order, and the photo book ‘Mama’ (please allow extra time for shipping).

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