Photographs of Mentor Mothers, Mothers2Mothers, Kisuma, Kenya
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
There's still also chance to sign up for a Social Postcard, more info here.
You might also lie to read this post on natural term breastfeeeding.