Sponsor a Mother

80% of a babies brain development happens in the first 1000s days of life (pregnancy and the first two years of life). If mothers are malnourished during this time it can lead to both mental and physical stunting of the baby, meaning these children will never be able to reach their full potential. India is home to one third of the world’s malnourished children.

CINI has developed a Sponsor a Mother programme aimed at helping mothers give their babies the best possible start in life. 

Through CINI’s Sponsor a Mother Programme, you can help women access the nutrition and healthcare they need during pregnancy. CINI’s health workers make regular visits to the homes of sponsored women and teach them a variety of key skills, including maintaining health during pregnancy, how to make 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 that of her child.


You will receive:

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

One mother’s story

CINI identified Sakira as being vulnerable because she had miscarried twice already.

“CINI helped save my life. When I discovered I was pregnant again I was terrified because I had miscarried before. But 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.

“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.”

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.