Making a Mothers Day The Kangu Way.


KanguThis Mother’s Day, you can support a mother and give meaning to Mother’s Day through Kangu, a crowdsource funding organization helping mothers around the world. Each year billions of dollars are spent on flowers that die and chocolates we don’t need. Take a look at and you’ll see it doesn’t take much to change a mother and her future child’s life. We have the power to bring back the original meaning of Mother’s Day.

Did you know that about 2 women die every day around the world from pregnancy-related issues? In Africa, a woman has a 1 in 39 chance of dying during her pregnancy. And in some countries, women have as much as a 1 in 10 chance of not surviving their pregnancies. But research has shown that 80% of those maternal deaths could be avoided if a woman is given access to the basic healthcare services. Each and every one of us can make a difference in a mother’s life. I know that at one point while I was carrying my daughter, the doctor thought I had toxemia and I was scared to death, but I had access to doctors and the latest medical equipment. I can only imagine how terrifying it must be for pregnant women in remote areas or who don’t have the means to get the care they need. Maternal deaths are a serious human rights issue, in my opinion, as they directly correlate to lack of access to much needed services.

Casey Santiago, founder of Kangu had this to say, “Initially, I had not thought of it within a human rights framework, but rather as a mom who has been pregnant twice and who knows what it feels like to feel vulnerable physically. I was so appreciative of the healthcare services that I received. When I was in labor, I imagined all the other women who were laboring with me at the same time – it was one of the things that helped me during the most difficult contractions. After I gave birth safely, I couldn’t shake the idea that of the cohort of women who labored at the same time as I did, so many did so without access to the support that I received, and undoubtedly many died, were injured and lost their babies as a result.

800 women die every day from complications in pregnancy and childbirth. Every woman, no matter where they live or how much they earn, deserves a safe birth. I know that so many other people feel the same way as I do, and if given the chance to connect with and help someone else, they would. Kangu lets them do that, for $10 or more, in just a few minutes online. I wanted to create a way to quickly, impactfully and measurably harness our collective action and collective compassion.”

Like Save The Children, on you choose a pregnant mother(s) to support, and for as little as $10 you can help a woman get access to a safe birth through one of Kangu’s partners in Uganda, India, Burundi and Nepal. Kangu has vetted and selected experienced medical partners around the world. Its partner hospitals offer healthcare services to women who can’t afford them, including prenatal/antenatal care, delivery with a trained professional, emergency care, and postnatal care. Mamas funded on Kangu get access to clean, well-lit facilities and caring, skilled staff. Here’s an example of a mom, Kangu has helped.

“I think Kangu, and our mission of giving women access to healthcare services to have safe births and healthy babies, can bring people together rather than divide us. We partner with religious organizations and secular ones, and we have received donations from people of different nationalities, faiths, genders and ages. This is something that I am very excited about and I look forward to further developing our global community,” said Casey.

Won’t you be part of the global motherhood this Mother’s Day and support a mama? 

In honor of Mother’s Day 2013, Kangu has launched a new gift-giving feature. You can help a mom-to-be with a donation for $10 or more in honor of a special mom in your life. Kangu will email her a Mother’s Day Card with your personal message, telling her about with your donation and the woman you supported in her honor.

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