Life for African Mothers
50 PEOPLE ATTENDED TO SEE 800 SETS OF FISH AND CHIP JUMPERS AND HATS PRESENTED TO ANGELA GORMAN
What an inspirational evening! We held an open meeting to present Angela Gorman of Life for African Mothers with Fish and Chip jumper and hat sets .
Life for African Mothers is a Maternal Health charity aiming to make birth safer in Sub Saharan Africa, by providing medication to treat eclampsia and post partum haemorrhage.
By providing medication to treat the complications of child birth, they have been able to support hospitals and health centres across Africa and see huge reductions in maternal mortality. The cost of the medication is only 51 pence per mother .
They provide baby clothes for pregnant mothers which means more women are attending antenatal clinics and going into hospital to have their babies . They are so poor that they are sent home wrapped in newspaper which is why they are called fish and chip babies.
The jumpers themselves are very easy to knit and they are knitted in one complete piece. The pattern can be found on our website. For most knitters they take an afternoon or an evening to complete. They are very important because in Africa, the nights are cold and these babies have no clothes.
The only real stipulation is that they are knitted in bright dark colours rather than the pastel shades we may use for babies, (bright stripes look good and use up only small bits of wool). Lots of people locally have enthusiastically taken up this project and helped us to amass nearly 800 sets including Llanyrafon church using it as their Lent project. These were presented to Angela at the meeting , she was accompanied by Marcelle who is a volunteer with the charity and sorts out all the baby clothes to be sent to Africa.