Sponsor a Mother Today!

India is home to one third of the world’s malnourished children. Pregnant women report to us that they struggle to access the healthcare they both want and need. A tradition of unassisted home births puts women at high risk of complications and death in childbirth. It can be a terrifying yetcompletely unavoidable situation as India’s healthcare system develops.

Anyone who wants to support Indian mothers and children in this fundamental period of life can do so by joining the CINI’s Sponsor a Mother programme aimed to help mothers access maternal health support and give their babies the best possible start in life.

Your donation will help provide support in the form of nutritional advice, ante and post-natal care, and improved access to government facilities like hospitals for institutional deliveries and child vaccination programmes. These are all crucial factors in ensuring a safe pregnancy and delivery for the mother and a healthy start in life for her child. CINI’s health workers will regularly visit the homes of sponsored women and teach them key skills, including how to access healthcare during pregnancy, making nutritious meals on a tight budget and hygiene measures to prevent infection.

For £10 a month, you can sponsor a mother and transform not only her life, but also that of her child.

You will be linked to a mother and her baby in a rural or urban area and will be able to follow their progress through a series of communications:

Photos of the mother and her baby

3 updates on the mother and her child

Ten pounds per month is the minimum donation needed to sponsor a mother. Alternatively, print out the standing order form available here and send it to us at Child In Need India, The Old Free Kirk, Baldernock, Milngavie, Glasgow, G62 6HA

Sakira’s Story: It’s about having a place to turn when you need help.

“CINI helped save my life.

When I discovered I was pregnant again I was terrified because I had miscarried before and it hard to find help. I didn’t want to go through that alone again.

A CINI health worker came to my home and told me and my husband everything we needed to know to keep me and the baby healthy. She registered me with a health centre and advised me to attend for regular check-ups and to take iron and folic acid pills.

“Later in my pregnancy CINI encouraged my husband to help me do heavy daily chores such as fetching water and washing clothes so my workload was reduced and they even spoke to my mother-in-law so that she became extremely caring”

“My family decided on a hospital delivery, and that probably saved my life because I had to have a caesarean section, so I was thankful. I hope our beautiful baby Firdausi will grow up into a strong and healthy woman.”

Just having basic support and understanding how to access healthcare, breastfeeding support and nutritional information was life changing for Sakira and her baby Firdausi. 

How does the programme work if I donate?

During pregnancy our local CINI health workers visit the mother-to-be regularly ensuring she receives antenatal care.

Then when the time comes for the mother to give birth, we ensure she has access to a trained health worker in a hospital, or a traditional birth attendant if she delivers at home. This is an especially crucial aspect of our care as in some areas of India 60% of women give birth no skilled health worker present.

CINI then makes sure the baby receives immunisations and the medical attention over the next two years as well as training the mother and her family about nutrition and teaching key skills such as preparing re-hydration treatments for children with diarrhoea.

Education is key to ensuring a good future and to do this we teach mothers games and activities to play with their children. We also help mothers to register their child at a local school.

How will I know my support is having an impact?

You will receive a series of personalised reports on the mother you are sponsoring and how she and her child are benefitting from your support.

Your first report will tell you what has been done to ensure a firm foundation is laid down for the development of her unborn child. Another report is sent after her child is born, together with pictures, so you can share the progress of the baby into early childhood and know you are helping them towards a better future.

If you are able to visit India yourself, we would be delighted to arrange for you to meet the mother you have sponsored as well as tour some of CINI’s other projects in the area.