Pregnant Refugees
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“Mothers In Need” is making a massive difference to the lives of pregnant refugees and new moms who are unable to access food parcels to survive the lockdown.


South Africa (13 July 2020) –  At the end of May this year, we shared a story about a charity that was helping refugee women that were expecting children or had become new moms prior to the lockdown. The cause worked its way into many hearts and one Good Things Guy reader made an incredible financial donation to the charity.

Fix Forward, partnered with the Zoe Foundation to help pregnant refugees and asylum seekers with food vouchers so that they were able to feed themselves and their babies – this became the Mothers In Need Project.

They have continued to raise funds and have been able to supply vouchers to some moms for the next 6 months. In light of Mandela Day taking place this weekend, The Mothers In Need project would like to ask those South Africans who can to contribute to their fund so as to help feed more moms and their babies in the coming months whilst we navigate our way through this COVID-19 Pandemic.

COVID-19 relief programme for Refugees

Mothers in Need is a COVID-19 relief programme set up to target one of these margins: refugee mothers. When Joshua Cox, CEO of social enterprise Fix Forward, heard that a 7-month pregnant woman who hadn’t eaten in 4 days had been turned away from a food parcel collection point, he decided something had to be done. Thousands of pregnant women and mothers of newborns don’t qualify for any support from the state because they are undocumented immigrants. This is a desperate time when they, and those around them, have no possibility to earn an income.

Mothers in Need

Mothers in Need is an interim relief programme to provide support to these women. Fix Forward have partnered with The Zoe Project who will help identify suitable women to benefit from this relief. For the last 19 years, they have been assisting pregnant women and new mothers with antenatal and mother and baby courses, counselling and birth support.

The details:

What do the women get?

  • Each woman will receive an R400 grocery shopping voucher each month for a period of 6 months.
  • They will also continue to access ongoing support from The Zoe Project, both during and after the 6 month period is up.

What are they asking from the public?

  • Make a once-off contribution to this programme
  • Or commit to a 6-month debit order to support one woman and child – R400/month, or whatever you can afford
  • Spread the word!

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