Welcome to MOMS!

Thank you!

So many have been so generous.  We are grateful!!


Getting ready to go!

We will return to Sierra Leone in May, 2018, with a big agenda!

  • Start a new class of Trainers
  • Train a new classes of MOMS Community Health Workers
  • Teach at the School of Midwifery at Bo
  • Strategize with out MOMS Leadership Council about plans for the future, including the Jamboree in November
  • Meet with our in-country staff for planning and problem-solving

We will teach in the Gbo Chiefdom of the Bo District.  Our international team of three will include a newcomer to Sierra Leone, if not to MOMS’ work.  Cherilyn Porter, a teacher near College Station, Texas, and a graduate student, is well suited for this work.  With a Master of Science and teaching experience, she can lead most of the classes in our Community Health Worker program.  Plus, her roots in MOMS are deep - her grandparents have been involved with MOMS for over a decade!     

November 2018— a Jamboree! 

We celebrate and study at Jamborees.  The women love them.  We will also train a new group of Community Health Workers and continue the Trainer class.  One of our favorite volunteers ever, Buffy Price, will return once again to celebrate with the women.  

Buffy has organized a group of women to create soft breast prostheses.  “Knitted Knockers” provide knitting and crochet patterns, and other seamstresses are making them from fabric.   People who have had mastectomies have little or no access to “modern” prosthetics.  We have seen women sadly pulling tattered socks or underwear from their bras.  Our hope is to help them feel better about their bodies.  

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Amazon Wishlist

Many of you like to support us with the specific items we need.  And we love getting those packages!  We set up a wishlist at Amazon.com for this.  If you use AmazonSmile, MOMS also receives about .5% of the purchase price!  How cool is that?  https://smile.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/23TIOKIM25NM8

What is MOMS?

Briefly, MOMS is a humanitarian, non-profit agency whose mission is to improve maternal and infant health in the poorest areas of the world. MOMS' teams build capacity among the women in the rural areas.  We teach the traditional birth attendants (their own choice of term) four things:

  • To be the bridge between the community and the clinic system
  • To make changes to solve women's health problems
  • To provide evidence-based maternity care
  • To teach their neighbors about women’s health needs, sanitation, and nutrition 

For more information, see the MOMS Mission pages.  

You can help!

If you want to work with us, see Volunteer! on this website.  If you are not able to travel to Africa, remember that we need help with social media, fundraising, grant-writing, secretarial work, research, etc.  

You can send MOMS a check, to PO Box 1656, Gualala, CA  95445.  Or you can donate electronically.  Just click this button:  

Our Accomplishments - with your support!

Since 2006, MOMS’ teams have made 18 trips to Sierra Leone, ranging from two to 13 weeks per trip. 

  • Initial Training:  342 women in ten cohorts
  • Continuing Education:  225 women have taken over a dozen classes
  • Helping Babies Breathe:  32 people, including four instructors at the School of Midwifery in Bo
  • Essential Care for Every Baby:  10 people, including the School of Midwifery faculty (this information is folded into our regular curriculum for health workers, so add 300 more learners!)
  • Gardening businesses established:  five groups
  • Palm oil business established:  eight groups
  • Clinic built, supplied, and staffed
  • Leadership Council established, and working to solve problems
  • Three local trainers fully prepared to teach the Community Health Workers course
  • MOMS Community Health Workers included in the District Medical Health Team
  • Maternal or fetal mortality related to MOMS CHW errors:  0

We have also made two trips to Uganda to teach at Kitojo Integrated Development Association.


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