It’s Valentines week, and my social media feeds have been flooding with all the preparations for this big day. I am very lucky as I have a man in my life who has always been there for me and my children, but not everyone is that lucky.
This is the time of the year I also think of a few of my friends who usually spend this week by being down and depressed as they are not in a romantic relationship.
This year I would love to celebrate all the women who are handling things on their own and am proud to support #TeamMum. Together we are raising funds for the pregnancy support groups in rural Kenya.
In Kenya, one in 26 babies die before they reach their first birthday.
So many young mums in Kenya are raising babies without the support of a partner, and social stigma and poverty can make that particularly tough.
But networks of supportive women can transform the single mum experience.
The pregnancy support groups that we’re working to fund in Kenya will 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 have been asking mums, both in Kenya and in the UK, about what they wish they’d known when they first became pregnant. A common theme from all mums is that they need someone to ask for advice, someone to tell them that they are doing well!
Lilian was struggling for money and support when she became pregnant. In this video, she describes what happened when she went into labour – and why she wishes she’d had the chance to join a pregnancy support group:
Please donate to Team Mum to provide more young mums with a support network.
Give before 30 April and your donation will be matched by the UK