1000 DAYS FOR A LIFETIME OF HEALTH

Half of all Malawian children are malnourished and at risk of irreversible stunting and wasting by their fifth birthday.

For just £10 per month for 33 months, you can become a 1000 Days Sponsor and help us reach our goal of supporting 1000 mums over the next 3 years! You’ll be giving an infant in Malawi or Nigeria the right start for a lifetime of health. We’ll send you regular updates from the programme.

You’ll see the difference you’re making to a child’s life over two years.

Help us meet our dream – in the short term to help 1000 mums in Africa in the next 3 years – please invest in the next generation by becoming a 1000 dreams sponsor.

You’ll receive a framed Certificate of a representative mum and her baby, already helped by the programme, that your donations will support, along with periodic updates by email.

And to support a key part of the first 1000 days, you can also give a cash gift – to twin yours or a friend’s pregnancy or to give as a present for an occasion – see below.

 

Become a 1000 dreams sponsor - give £10 a month

Why 1000 days?

Research has shown that the first 1000 days (from pregnancy until their second birthday) are a critical time for a child’s development. Poor nutrition in these early years leads to permanent effects like stunting. Yet the right nutrition makes an infant ten times more likely to overcome childhood diseases, helps them have better health in later life, achieve more at school and bring up healthier families of their own.

Helping an infant get a good, balanced diet before their second birthday is one of the most effective ways we can help their long term wellbeing.

Become a 1000 dreams sponsor - give £10 a month

Mother Buddies make around 12 visits during the first 1000 days

Through Pregnancy Twinning, our Mother Buddies get to know pregnant women and newborns living in remote places.

Mother Buddies are trained in counselling vulnerable expectant and new mums, on a range of subjects, from HIV testing, nutrition, to breastfeeding, dealing with depression, to family planning issues. Their support literally can make the difference between life and death, for mum and baby – see the results of independent evaluations of our IMPACT programme.

How does my sponsorship help?

Sponsoring a child allows our Mother Buddies to visit expectant mums during pregnancy and until their new child is two years old. The programme gives families and their wider community nutrition advice and practical help like:

Educating families to source nutritious food whilst pregnant and afterwards when weaning their child, with a balanced diet of the Main, Grow, Go and Glow foods. See one of the training videos used by Mother Buddies to inform mums.

Training video on nutrition for infants

Providing health inputs such farm inputs to the family as needed, like goats, chickens or seeds, and accessing bednets to prevent malaria.

Support for mums with breastfeeding advice, and in particular, to continue with exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months. This is recommended by the World Health Organisation to ensure that infants get the best start in life.

Training video - exclusive breastfeeding

Tracking the infant’s nutrition by measuring mid-upper arm circumference and referring any at-risk infant to a UN feeding programme.

Sponsor funds are pooled to ensure that all children benefit in a community – your sponsored child is representative of a wider story about how their community is being supported by Mother Buddies who are carrying out these interventions.

YOU CAN ALSO GIVE A ONE-OFF CASH GIFT FOR £40 (plus admin cost) FOR DIFFERENT SITUATIONS:

As part of the 1000 days, you can support the pregnancy and delivery period by giving a Pregnancy Twinning cash gift.

For each of these cash gifts you will be supporting the pregnancy/delivery period within the first 1000 days and you or your friend/relative will receive a Certificate (either through the post or by email), of a representative mum and baby, helped by the programme, that your donation supports:

Twin a pregnancy now!

If you’re pregnant, you can twin your own pregnancy and help another mum in Malawi or Nigeria have a healthy pregnancy and give birth safely.

Or maybe you know a friend or relative who is pregnant? You can give them a gift by twinning their pregnancy.

Or perhaps you’re looking for present ideas for a birthday, baby shower or baptism? We’ll deliver a framed certificate, with real data and photo taken by a Mother Buddy using her phone, of a representative mum and family, who have been recently helped through our IMPACT programme, either by post within a few days, OR instantly by email.

It’s very simple – just click on the button and enter your details.

Twin now

“There has been a tremendous improvement in our health. We have always had these foods like soya, maize and beans but we never knew that they could improve our health. The secret here is knowledge…”