Adopt a Mother in India
Ensure healthy children by safeguarding vulnerable mothers in Calcutta, India. Once you provide a gift to a mother and child, you will receive information about the sponsored pregnancy and be able to follow the sponsored mother-child pair through the child's first birthday. Pregnancy and the first two years of life is the most important time for physical and cognitive development. Your gift will provide medical and social services to the mother and child that will maximize the possibilities for the child's future.
Maternal mortality in India is 100 times higher than that of most industrialized nations, and 63 out of every 1000 children born in India die before one year of age - 47% of these in the first week of life. According to UNICEF in 2004, only 15% of mothers in India receive adequate antenatal care. Moreover, roughly 80% of a child's brain development takes place in the first two years of life, and this also is the most important time for the development of the immune system. In 2005 Calcutta Kids implemented the Maternal and Young Child Health Initiative (MYCHI) initiative made up of proven technologies to increase health during pregnancy, reduce maternal mortality, improve birth weights and ensure healthy brain and immune system development. Since then, Calcutta Kids has helped increase the average birth weight in the slums from 1.8 to 2.8 kg. As a result, this unique sponsorship that supports a mother throughout her pregnancy and the child up to the age of three will allow you to make a life-changing difference in the life of a poor infant and mother in Calcutta.
About Calcutta Kids
Partner since September, 2008
Calcutta Kids is an organization committed to the empowerment of the poorest children and expecting mothers in the underserved slums in and around Kolkata India, by increasing their access to health and nutrition services, providing health information, and encouraging positive health-changing behaviors. Calcutta Kids’ primary objective is to initiate community-based programs that advance the promotion and delivery of good health care, medical advocacy, and health education.