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The first critical year

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

PSALM 139:13-14

The most vulnerable people in the world are babies, their first year of life is so fragile.

While many of us in New Zealand are concerned with creating the best environment for our babies to thrive, too many mums around the world are just hoping their babies will survive.

In their earliest years, children born into poverty are especially at risk from disease and malnutrition. Because of this, many mums in the world’s poorest countries watch desperately as their babies die in their arms simply because they don’t have access to the care their babies need. That’s why we’re looking for incredible Kiwis to come alongside groups of vulnerable mamas and their babies in Indonesia to provide crucial intervention and care for their first, precious year of life.

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"Help mums and babies, living in extreme poverty, to survive and thrive in their first year of life!"

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Mums and Bubs works with families living in extreme poverty

Your support provides more than survival

Through generous supporters, Tearfund's partner, Compassion, works with mums and babies to prevent premature death, secure good health and enable positive development for babies and their caregivers. In partnership with Compassion, local churches run activities and carry out regular home visits. Mums and Bubs aims for an infant and their caregiver to be:

  • Physically healthy
  • Encouraged in self-confidence and able to build healthy relationships
  • Equipped with life skills
  • Given the opportunity to hear the gospel message

Through Mums and Bubs, you can help provide the support needed for the best start to life.

Your $30 monthly gift for Mums and Bubs helps to provide a circle of protection through:

Pre and postnatal care for pregnant women


Including check-ups and advocacy for a skilled birth attendant to be present during the birth.

Postnatal Education and Activities


The importance of breastfeeding, family planning, nutrition, hygiene, disease prevention and mental health.

Monthly home visits to mothers and their newborns


These provide a regular touch point and are a great mental health check-in.

Income generation and future proofing


Skills training and literacy classes so mums can earn an income in the future.

Health and development check-ups


Immunisations, growth checks, nutritional supplements and food for malnourished mums and babies.

Social and spiritual guidance


Including the opportunity to hear about Jesus and the chance to network with other mums.

“No one ever taught me about proper nutrition during pregnancy. I bore the consequences of losing three babies in three different births."

“The hospitals here can’t give specific attention to each mother and baby, especially around mental health. At the project, we care for all their needs."

“I’m grateful to be part of the programme. Not only because we received food and baby items, but as a mum, I learned how to parent properly.”