For most women in the UK, the main considerations when it comes to starting a family are finances and the practicality of parenthood. The mother's survival is not normally called into question. For women in the Congo, however, it is a very different story.
The worst place to be a mother
Congo is rated the worst place in the world to be a mother.
- 8 in every 100 mothers die during pregnancy or childbirth.
- 90% of healthcare professionals have not received basic hygiene training.
In Congo’s capital city of Kinshasa, disadvantaged communities live in unsanitary and unhealthy conditions. However, many of these deaths stemming from infections could easily be treated through basic hygiene practices in homes and hospitals.
Bringing hope to Congolese mothers
This Mother’s Day, we need your help to support the training of nurses and midwives in the Congo so that more women can receive the appropriate medical treatment and care they need to look forward to becoming a mother, without questioning their survival or that of their newborn.
Liliane, a Congolese woman who is currently training as a nurse, shares her motivation behind becoming a nurse. “During my training, we received an unconscious patient… the whole team started working on her, and to my surprise, I saw the patient open her eyes and smile at us… it was then I said to myself: I’m going to be a nurse, no matter what!”
Find out more about the stories of our trainee nurses in Congo below:
Monique came from a difficult past, depending on someone who let her down numerously, she did not believe things would work out for her the way they have.
“I came from Kananga with nothing but the clothes on my back… I have had to face a lot of hardships in order to stay in Kinshasa and finish my studies. Thanks to you, now I have no reason not to put my all into my studies.”
Vicky is currently studying in her second year at ISSI. Whilst she has found the process of getting her academics a little challenging, she also feels proud to be training at ISSI.
"Since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a nurse, and I feel so proud to be training at ISSI.”
How can you help?
- Just £15 can teach 40 nurses more about hygiene.
- The minimum target for most nurses and midwives in the Congo is to save 100 lives per week.
- A small donation could, therefore, save 4,000 lives per week.
The money you donate will go towards training local women in Kinshasa to become qualified nurses and midwives. This will ensure care is targeted, sensitive to local needs and more widely available.
or text WNDR17 £10 to 70070 to support Wonder Foundation train nurses and midwives and save lives.
Together, we can ensure that no mother is forgotten this Mother’s Day!
How else can I get involved?
- Share our campaign video and graphics with your family and friends on social media using the hashtag #WonderMum and encourage them to donate.
- Hold a coffee morning to raise more awareness of Congolese mothers.
- Use creative techniques to raise money – Walk for Wonder, organise a pub quiz or host a supper club. The possibilities are endless, and we'll support you along the way.