News from Masiphile, Newlands and Thembalethu mentor mom groups
Our Mentor Mom pilot project has recruited three Community Healthcare Workers to become mentor moms in the areas of Newlands, Masiphile and Thembalethu.
These mentor moms have been trained in setting up mentor mom support groups and educating moms on foetal alcohol syndrome, food security, gardening and mother and baby care. Arrangements have been made for a professional nurse facilitator to train on growth monitoring. The team have met with the clinic operations managers together with the mentor moms to introduce the initiative in all three clinics. They are extremely excited and according to the clinics, an initiative of this nature is apparently much needed in all the areas.
We have also procured gardening equipment and are busy securing additional equipment for the mentor moms.
In Masiphile we have been able to recruit and train a young woman to become a mentor mom. Bongiwe has currently recruited about 15 moms, of which four are pregnant and nine are breastfeeding. The gardens in this area are flourishing and moms are becoming more enthusiastic about gardening and growing their own produce.
As part of this programme we have also distributed multivitamins for prenatal and lactating mothers provided by Vitamin Angels to the breastfeeding and pregnant mothers in this group. Future plans include meetings at the clinic to train the Community Healthcare Workers and mentor moms on growth monitoring.
In Newlands, Pamela, our mentor mom, has recruited 10 mentor moms! Four women are breastfeeding and two are pregnant. Their gardens too are doing well and moms have been getting together socially to chat with their mentor mom. We are currently training this group on the mentor mom manual, and have distributed vitamins to the breastfeeding and pregnant mothers in this group.
In Thembalethu, our local mentor mom, Nomaxhosa, has recruited 18 moms in her area! Six moms are breastfeeding and three women are pregnant. We’re proud to announce that moms are really excited about the project and have thoroughly enjoyed the introduction to the manual. While the gardens flourish, local grandmothers have also expressed their absolute excitement about learning about gardening.