Regular readers of this blog know that I love to poke fun at the misgivings and challenges of parenthood in the Western world. However, I know in my heart and mind that we are actually very lucky and blessed as parents here and that there are many others in this world who are REALLY struggling to survive moment by moment, let alone do the best by their children.
Cast your minds over to Niger in Western Africa where crisis levels of malnutrition are the norm, and water borne diseases such as dysentery and sometimes cholera – as well as malaria – are added to the mix.
Imagine being a parent there, and having to deal with such life-threatening challenges on a daily basis.
Imagine being a new mum and not having access to clean water for you and your baby.
Imagine not having even the most basic facilities to wash your hands to help protect your baby from life-threatening diseases.
Imagine being a new mum without care for you or your new baby – not having access to trained doctors or midwives.
Thankfully, Oxfam is working to ensure that this will no longer be the case in Niger, by providing clean, chlorinated water at health centres and nearby villages, latrine and shower blocks, concrete laundry areas and hand-washing stations as well as access to vital medical care.
This help is life changing. Just read Salama and her son’s story to find out the impact Oxfam has had on their lives:
Last year, Oxfam helped 11.8 million people. Donations, from people like you, are vital to their work. Giving monthly gives allows them to respond in emergencies and stay to help people rebuild their lives. They work on the root causes of poverty too, and that takes time and effort, but it is so worth it!
We all have vital needs, but also hopes and dreams. Oxfam’s work saves lives and helps people to change their lives and build happier, healthier futures. A regular gift to Oxfam changes lives around the world. By giving a monthly donation you can help transform whole communities, for good.