Photographs of Mentor Mothers, Mothers2Mothers, Kisuma, Kenya

Mentor Mothers, Mothers2Mothers

Mentor Mothers, Mothers2Mothers

Our first day in Kisumu with Comic Relief has been wholly uplifting and positive. I'll be writing fully about the charity Mothers2Mothers on Monday following a second visit to the project. Mothers2others uses a simple but staggeringly effective model of training up mothers who are HIV positive to help other women, by training, empowering and finally employing these women to be Mentor Mother's to other women with HIV.

Mentor Mothers, Mothers2Mothers, Kisuma, Kenya

Mentor Mothers, Mothers2Mothers, Kisuma, Kenya

Alas I've not slept for 38 hours now so I really do need to catch up on some sleep to get ready for a long and interesting day tomorrow. In the meantime, here's some photos from this afternoon...

HIV negative baby with Mentor Mothers, Mothers2Mothers, Kisuma, Kenya

HIV negative baby with Mentor Mothers, Mothers2Mothers, Kisuma, Kenya

HIV Negative baby, Mentor Mothers, Mothers2Mothers, Kisuma, Kenya

HIV Negative baby, Mentor Mothers, Mothers2Mothers, Kisuma, Kenya

Mothers2Mothers Project

Mothers2Mothers Project

Mentor Mothers, Mothers2Mothers

Mentor Mothers, Mothers2Mothers

Mentor Mothers, Mothers2Mothers, Kenya

Mentor Mothers, Mothers2Mothers, Kenya

After each session the mothers eat together in a supper club

After each session the mothers eat together in a supper club

This time to eat together gives valuable time to talk and offers an example of good nutritional food

This time to eat together gives valuable time to talk and offers an example of good nutritional food

Mothers2MOthers Project, Kisumu, Kenya

Mothers2MOthers Project, Kisumu, Kenya

Mothers2Mothers, Kenya

Mothers2Mothers, Kenya

A HIV positive mother with her HIV negative baby at Mothers2Mothers Project, Kisumu, Kena

A HIV positive mother with her HIV negative baby at Mothers2Mothers Project, Kisumu, Kena

A Mentor Mother with baby

A Mentor Mother with baby

We watched a Mentor Mother's led session where they helped mothers learn valuable lesssons is family planning, nutrition and breastfeeding. All mothers were encouraged to join in the discussion, sharing their own advice and beliefs with group too.

Just by watching the session we could tell that the women were being empowered to have their say, the learn and to help educate each other - and that creates a larger positive ripple effect out into society.

hand washing ahead of supper

hand washing ahead of supper

Many of these mothers had at one point thought that the future with HIV meant nothing but death, or a bleak future. Now, thanks to medication and the support that Mothers2Mothers are giving women are being helped to learn how to manage relationships, disclose to their family and friends that they are HIV positive, to keep healthy, to gain employment and to have HIV negative babies - these women are taking hold of their future and working hard to make it bright.

As I said, more on Monday about this project, the word inspirational just doesn't seem to do it justice.

Mothers2Mothers, Kenya

Mothers2Mothers, Kenya

Being welcomed by dance and song at Mothers2Mothers Project, Kismu, Kenya

Being welcomed by dance and song at Mothers2Mothers Project, Kismu, Kenya


Read Tanya's post from today, Mothers 2 Mothers, a Project supported by Comic Relief here.

Follow our journey tomorrow and on the 'Big Day' Monday on social media using the hashtag #lastingchange.

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You might also lie to read this post on natural term breastfeeeding.