Charities That Support Moms
Pregnancy is a blessing for many but, to some women, that blessing comes with immense challenges. For those who are living in poverty or do not have access to healthcare, having a child presents a struggle that often puts women’s lives, and their child’s, at risk. Luckily, there a multitude of charities that make it their mission to provide family planning services, proper healthcare, and support to moms and children all over the world. Here are 4 charities making a difference for moms everywhere:
Global Midwife Education Foundation (GMEF)
GMEF works to ensure that pregnant women in remote and impoverished areas of the world have access to experienced and knowledgeable caretakers. Their goal is to lower the rate of maternal and infant mortality in developing countries. The foundation trains women to be birth attendants through community programs. In the program, the women learn the skills necessary to help perform childbirth and give care to newborns.
Women In Need (WIN)
This New York-based charity provides clean and safe housing services to homeless women and children. It is estimated that 60,000 people sleep in shelters all across the city every night, 80% of them being women and children. WIN not only provides a place to rest a head, but childcare programs, computer classes, and workshops that help women develop job skills. Their mission is to give women the tools necessary to escape homelessness and provide for their family.
Every Mother Counts (EMC)
Founded by former model Christy Turlington Burns, EMC seeks to “make makes pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere.” For EMC, everywhere is meant quite literally. The foundation’s website cites that 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries. For this reason, EMC has built clinics and programs for women in numerous developing countries and rural areas. They also offer comprehensive services to marginalized women domestically.
The Good+ Foundation is unique in the fact that it works with over 100 different community programs all across the nation. Together, they provide necessary accessories, clothing, and services to families in need. The foundation uses donations to reward mothers and fathers who work to better their lives and the lives of their families. When a mother opens an educational saving account for their child, she receives a brand new stroller. A father who completes a 16-week program aimed at best parenting practices, he receives a brand new crib.
If possible, do some research to see what your community offers women and children in need. Non-profit organizations such as the ones above, but especially locally, are always looking for volunteers. Getting involved with a foundation that works to improve the lives of families is one of the best ways to serve a community.