Stars Come Out for m2m in London
mothers2mothers hosted a magical evening in London on Thursday, October 3rd to support its vital work preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and celebrating the more than 1.2 million HIV-positive women that m2m has reached in sub-Saharan Africa. Acclaimed singer, songwriter, campaigner, and activist Annie Lennox performed at the event, and internationally-renowned actor Richard E. Grant and successful author, broadcaster, and businesswoman Muriel Gray shared hosting duties. We are grateful to GUCCI for its sponsorship.
However, the night's brightest star was Jane Njoki Peris, a mother of three children who has been living with HIV for more than 20 years. She moved the audience with her stories of almost dying of AIDS, what brought her back to health, and how she now finds inspiration and purpose as a Mentor Mother Team Leader at m2m’s Mathare North Health Centre site in Nairobi, Kenya, helping other HIV-positive mothers lead positive and healthy lives. Jane left the stage to a standing ovation. Read more.
The Proof Is in the Pudding
Every year, mothers2mothers conducts a thorough evaluation of its programme to assess the impact it is having on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and promoting maternal health. This analysis helps m2m ensure that it is providing the highest quality services at all of its sites. m2m is very pleased with the findings of the 2012 evaluation, which show across-the-board improvements in the percentage of its clients following key medical interventions that are critical to reducing paediatric HIV infections and improving the health of mothers living with HIV, compared to the 2011 findings. Read more.
Three Days and $4,000 to Go
There are only three days left in the Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneurs Challenge and we need your help to raise just over $4,000 to meet our fundraising goal of $25,000 (or £15,000), which can pay for one m2m site for one year in sub-Saharan Africa, and help hundreds of HIV-positive women stay healthy and protect their babies from being infected with HIV. If you haven’t had a chance to support us in the Challenge yet, you still have until Friday, November 22nd at 11:59 a.m. Eastern Time in the U.S.to do so. Additionally, this week’s Bonus Challenge is a $15,000 match. Skoll will match the first $30 of the next 500 donations that any of the participating organisations receive. For those of you who have donated to the Challenge or set up your own fundraising campaign on m2m’s behalf, we send a big thank you for all of your support!