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We've partnered with communities in Brazil, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Kenya and Ethiopia. 

Two women along a road in a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo

If you signed up for this project, thank you. It ended on 31 March 2018.

Why this project is essential

This vital four-year project is based in the Maniema province in the east of DRC. Communities here are divided, and live in constant fear of fighting and human rights abuses.

Through a comprehensive process of accountable governance - making the voice of the people heard – this project is changing the lives of millions of ordinary people. 


How it's making real change happen

Our local partner, the Episcopal Justice and Peace Committee (EJPC), know the structure of provincial, regional and local committees. Through these groups, they're making links between local authority representatives and grassroots organisations.

The people are listened to by those representing them, and their hopes and challenges are reflected in policy and budgets.

Woman looks out of a window in Bene Tsemay, Ethiopia

Thank you to those who signed up to this project; we're delighted to say that it's now fully funded.

For those who signed up, the donation deadline was 30 October 2017.


Why this project is essential

Ethiopia has some of the world’s highest rates of maternal, neonatal and child mortality. There is limited access to reproductive healthcare and education and a lack of access to contraception and family planning services. 

Gender inequality and harmful traditional practices have led to many deaths and injuries due to unsafe abortion.


How your support has made a difference

The project aims to increase women’s access to contraception while improving child and maternal health.‬ 

Our partners will be improving access to reproductive health services, and the information necessary to make informed family planning choices.

To improve people’s health, we must educate communities and work with them to improve their prospects. Giving women support to receive an education, such as learning basic maths and literacy skills, means women are more employable, can manage their finances and can have a voice in their community.‬

A baby is looking at the camera whilst lying on a woman's lap. The woman is sitting on the grass in a gathering of other women in Narok County, Kenya.

Why this project is essential

Thanks to our supporters, this match funded project will revolutionise maternal healthcare in Narok County.

Child and maternal mortality rates in Kenya are unacceptably high. In Narok County, 435 women die in childbirth for every 100,000 births.

Less than 30% of the population has access to basic maternal healthcare, but only 17% actually use these services. Women often rely on traditional birth attendants – usually elderly women with little or no formal training – rather than go to a clinic.


How it's making a difference

Working together in conjunction with local authorities and national government, our partners will build two new maternity wards and renovate three more, as well as provide medicines, ambulances and basic medical equipment.

A group of women sit outside on chairs listening to a woman speak at the Mothers' Group in El Salvador

Why this project is essential

In Honduras and El Salvador, the divide between rich and poor is stark. Women from indigenous communities are particularly affected by this inequality, which contributes to the difficulties and dangers they face.

The maternal mortality rate is disproportionately high for women from indigenous groups. The rate of underage pregnancy in their communities is significantly higher than average too - partly the result of cultural sensitivities around family planning. Many women and girls do not know their rights to reproductive and sexual health, and even if they do access these services, they find state-run health centres that are often poorly prepared to help them.

How your support has helped

The project has worked with over 200,000 women of child-bearing age.

Our partners have been

  • training traditional birth attendants to provide healthcare, including family planning
  • working with health facilities so women from indigenous communities are welcomed, not excluded
  • making contraceptive supplies readily available
  • educating teachers, heads of families and pupils on family planning, HIV, pregnancy and sexual and gender-based violence.
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Contact us

Find out more by emailing or contacting your local regional office directly.