Sierra Leone is the world’s most dangerous place to become a mum. Every day 10 women die from giving birth. In Sawula district, the community struggle with a clinic which has no electricity and only two delivery beds.
Jebbeh is heavily pregnant but as her baby grows, it’s not joy that fills her heart, but fear. When Jebbeh’s sister Fatmata went in to labour, there were so few ambulances that Fatmata had no choice but to walk for three hours under the baking sun, to the nearest hospital. The journey was long and with every step Fatmata struggled to keep walking.
Jebbeh told us: ‘My sister was crying out with hunger. She died on the side of the road. She never gave birth.’
This Christian Aid Week, together, we can make childbirth safe for mums and babies. Through our gifts and prayers, we can help give the world’s poorest mums a chance to live.
Stand with mums
This Christian Aid Week, 12-18 May, KMC will be holding a house to house collection in Knutsford, this is our major fund raiser. I hope many of our regular collectors will be able to help again this year but we always need new collectors too. CA are offering us a slightly new approach this year with the option to deliver and collect in one visit or do it the traditional way. They have also produced two different envelopes one of which has a no reply section on it, this gives us another option, to deliver only if that is appropriate.
New this year to KMC, we are going to hold a Big Breakfast at 8:30am on Sunday 12th May before the morning service. Details are yet to be finalised but it’s likely to include bacon / sausage butties, pastries and fruit. Sunday 12th May will be an ‘All together’ service at 10am, so come along for breakfast and be sure to make it to church on time!
If you want to know more or would like to volunteer to help with the house-to-house collection or the Big Breakfast, please speak to Jo (or Carol about the Breakfast). Together we can help to ensure women like Jebbeh can celebrate more happy birth days.