In 2017 Mothers’ Union’s Christmas Appeal called on members and supporters to help women who have experienced gender based violence get back on their feet and build a new life for themselves and their family. Thanks to the generous donations of members and supporters like you, women across the world can receive the care they need after experiencing abuse. They are empowered to speak out against gender based violence and they are learning financial management skills that allow them to set up businesses to gain independence and greater equality with men in their community.
Thank you to everyone who supported the 2017 Christmas Appeal and helped to raise £23,083.78.
Your donations have touched the lives of so many people and have created hope for some of the most marginalised communities. One of the ways you are helping to make a long-term difference is by providing care to the many orphaned and vulnerable children across the world.
For example, when the Ebola epidemic hit Sierra Leone in 2014, over 14,000 cases were reported and nearly 4,000 deaths recorded1 leaving behind loved ones as well as much anguish. Mothers’ Union members at the time were able to provide support within their own and neighbouring communities, our fellow members were directly impacted by the crises, yet they marched into restricted zones and delivered relief packs to desperate families.
We believe that all children deserve the same opportunities in life and we work tirelessly to ensure that each child’s unique needs are met. Right now, our members are creating safe and secure homes and support for orphans and children whose parents are unable to care for them. In Botswana, Mothers' Union run an Orphan Day Care Centre supporting 60 orphaned children as young as two years of age. It is a country with the third-highest prevalence rate for HIV/AIDs and many children have been left orphaned by the disease. The day care centre provides children with a safe environment to learn and play. About 150 children have since graduated from the centre and are now in formal education.
Christmas for many children is a time for joy. Mothers’ Union members all around the world support orphans and children whose families are unable to care for them - providing support, happiness and the chance to rebuild lives. Your donations, prayer and volunteering help to make this work possible, creating brighter futures for children in some of the world’s poorest communities.
We realise that there are many calls on your generosity at Christmas, and you may prefer to support us in other ways, such as participating in our first ever Christmas raffle. But if you felt able to make a donation to our appeal, you will be helping to bring joy and hope to children all over the world who rely on your support.