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‘Team Mum’ to support new mothers in Kenya

Mums across the UK have joined forces with Child.org to fund pregnancy support groups in Kenya through the ‘Team Mum’ appeal, which launched on 1 February.

As well as funding support groups, the ‘Team Mum’ appeal hopes to spread the message that all new mums, wherever they are, should receive the latest health advice and necessary peer support systems to keep their babies safe

“Team Mum is a hugely ambitious campaign for a small charity like Child.org, and to see the UK parenting community throw themselves behind this cause has been truly humbling,” says Thomas Muirhead, CEO of Child.org. “The pregnancy support groups we’re funding through Team Mum will provide a lifeline of support and vital health information for new mums.”

As a UK Aid Match appeal, every pound donated to the appeal will be doubled by the UK government.

For more information or to donate to ‘Team Mum’, visit the website.

The Leprosy Mission looks to ‘Heal Nepal’ with latest campaign

By working directly with the world’s flagship leprosy hospital – the Anandaban Hospital in Nepal – The Leprosy Mission hope to rid Nepal of the disease through its latest campaign.

The Peterborough-based charity launches its ‘Heal Nepal’ on Sunday 27 January – World Leprosy Day – and as a UK Aid Match appeal donations will be doubled by the UK government.

“Leprosy is so very misunderstood and stigmatised in Nepal with many people hiding the early signs of the disease for fear of being cast out of their families, jobs and communities. This is tragic as they then go on to develop life-long disabilities,” says Head of Programmes at The Leprosy Mission, Siân Arulanantham.

Funds raised through Heal Nepal will enable outreach teams to find people with leprosy and get them the treatment they need at the Anandaban Hospital.

“Heal Nepal will not only improve the health and dignity of thousands of people living with leprosy, it will also mean that female community volunteers receive medical training to diagnose and manage the illness in some of the country’s most remote areas,” says Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt.

For more information on ‘Heal Nepal’, go to the website.

Practical Action launches ‘Planting for Progress’ appeal

Providing Zimbabwean farmers with the technology and know-how to double their harvest is the aim of Practical Action’s latest appeal, ‘Planting for progress’, which launched today.

Public donations will be used to negate the effects of climate change in some of Zimbabwe’s poorest districts and enable farmers to increase their income as well as feed their local community. All this will be achieved through the introduction of Practical Action’s unique combination of smart solutions, knowledge and skills building.

Furthermore, as a UK Aid Match charity appeal, money donated by the public will be matched by the UK government.

“UK Aid Match is proud to support Practical Action’s ‘Planting for Progress’ appeal, which is helping lift Zimbabwean farmers – 70% of which are women – out of poverty by practically equipping them with the tools and knowledge they need to increase harvests and build sustainable businesses,” says Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt.

For more information on Practical Action’s ‘Planting for Progress’ appeal, please visit: practicalaction.org/plantingforprogress