Like our customers, we strive to be environmentally and socially conscious. We wanted philanthropy to be part of the very ethos of the company, and we were delighted to find the perfect partner in mothers2mothers (m2m). Therefore, every candle sold supports m2m’s work to end paediatric AIDs in Sub-Saharan Africa. It’s a cause we are very proud to support.
mothers2mothers (m2m) is an international NGO founded in Cape Town, South Africa in 2001. m2m employs and trains HIV-positive women to deliver health services, advice, and support to women and their families at health facilities and in local communities.
From an initial focus on eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, m2m has expanded into five related areas to deliver benefits for women and their families at all stages of life. As well as a continued focus on HIV-prevention and education, m2m’s services now also include early childhood development, paediatric care and support, and adolescent mentoring.
“When I found out that I was HIV positive, I had little knowledge about the virus. I think that is why I was scared. One of the highlights about meeting Mentor Mothers is the knowledge they shared. They empowered and educated me. Now I want to learn as much as possible and share my knowledge with clients.” - Mentor Mother, Nothabo Qaga.
In 2017 alone, m2m and its partners enrolled almost 2.3 million new clients into care across seven African countries, an 18% rise over 2016. We helped to virtually eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV amongst our enrolled clients, saw 97% of our ECD clients achieve their developmental milestones at 12 months, and created employment opportunities for nearly 3,000 HIV-positive women.
We’re not just focused on short-term service delivery. Rather, our goal is to see Mentor Mothers empowered to become trusted advisors and role models in their communities, and to pass their knowledge and skills on to other women and their families to allow them to make positive health choices.” “We are contributing to the Global Goal of ending AIDS by 2030 by preventing new infections among women and children, while ensuring those who are HIV-positive access services and are retained in care.