Claudine with her children behind her

Rotary Clubs

Burundi Light Mother Appeal

We’ve been working together with Rotary Clubs across the UK for over 30 years to bring hope and a positive ripple effect to poor communities in rural Africa.

Your Rotary Club can make a lasting difference by helping mothers and children to grow a place to call home. We’re challenging Rotary Clubs to raise £10,000 to provide specialist kits for twenty seven Light Mothers, so they have all the resources and equipment needed to provide the best possible care and support to mothers and their children in the local community.

Your support could help mothers to bring hope, skills and knowledge to other mothers, so that children won’t go hungry.

In the Mwaro province of Burundi on steep, unprotected hillsides, mothers are doing all they can to grow food and make a living from their small plots of land. However poor soil quality made worse by the climate crisis means that families are struggling to grow enough to eat, which is having a devastating impact on children under 5 years old, with many of them malnourished. 

Meet Claudine, a 'Light Mother'

Claudine a light mother from Burundi smiling at the camera


We first met Claudine back in 2018, at a time where she was struggling to grow enough food to feed her four children. Claudine says "In Burundi, mothers encounter many problems in our daily lives... in our area, the climate has changed, some seasons are very dry, others bring icy rain [that] destroys our crops and when there's not enough rain, our crops don't grow properly."

Since starting work with Ripple Effect in 2018, Claudine has been able to put into practise the skills and knowledge she has learnt to improve her life, her family farm and the futures of her children.

For the last three years, Claudine has used her training to proudly volunteer with other mothers in her community. Claudine travels to remote areas in Burundi, to meet children who are eating just one sparse meal a day of potato or cassava and their mothers who are doing all they can to provide for their families. The name these mothers give to volunteers like Claudine is "Mamans Lumiere" which translates as "Light Mothers", volunteers who shine a light on child hunger in their communities and bring hope for the future. 

Will your Club support light mothers like Claudine to bring hope, skills and knowledge to other mothers, so that children won't go hungry?

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Train a Light Mother to fight hunger

Your donation of £100 could support two Light Mothers to create ripples of hope in their communities so other mothers can feed, care and grow brighter futures for their children. By training more Light Mothers like Claudine, they can pass on life-saving skills, knowledge, and advice to other mothers in their community such as how to grow plenty of food on small plots of land and how to fight child malnutrition. Each Light Mother passes on what they have learnt to other mothers who then share their new skills with their families, neighbours and communities.

Light mother looking after children

Give a Light Mother kit

Your £375 donation could provide specialist kits for three Light Mothers, so they have all the resources and equipment needed to provide the best possible care and support to mothers and their children in the local community. Each kit includes items such as thermometers, weighing scales, advice leaflets and notepads so Light Mothers can keep track of how families are progressing. Mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) bands are an important part of each kit too, helping Light Mothers to identify malnourished children and ensure they receive medical attention.

Claudine's children

Sanitation and hygiene training for healthy homes

Your donation of £650 could support thirteen Light Mothers to train other families in good sanitation and hygiene practises in the home. Teaching Light Mothers how to construct a clean and safe toilet is an important skill for them to then pass on to other mothers. Malnutrition is not just about the lack of food but can also be caused by illnesses like malaria and water-borne diseases. By equipping Light Mothers will everything they need to know about toilet construction and sanitation and hygiene practises, families can grow up healthy and happy.

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