Transforming the Lives of Vulnerable Women and Children
CHAMPS aims to provide health and well-being to mothers, children, and their families and communities.
Poverty disproportionately affects women and children. Marginalized and vulnerable, they are unlikely to be able to access the health services they need and are trapped in a life that severely limits their ability to reach their full potential.
With compassion for the struggle against this reality, CMMB’s Children and Mothers Partnerships program (CHAMPS) provides effective support—and life-saving medical care—for pregnant women and newborns in eight communities across Haiti, Kenya, Peru, South Sudan, and Zambia.
CMMB has made a long-term commitment—up to 20 years—to provide each of these communities with the services they need. We collaborate with public and private institutions and with community health workers, who are active in our communities. With CMMB training and support, they visit homes to provide treatment and referrals and lead community meetings that address health issues. We follow a well-defined theory of change—a series of activities that act like stepping stones that lead to health and well-being.
We want at-risk women, children, and their communities to succeed. CHAMPS makes a long-term commitment to each community to effect sustainable change.
We believe that every life is precious.
In the most remote corners of South Sudan, CHAMPS can mean the difference between life and death for mothers like Letasha experiencing a difficult pregnancy. Medical volunteer Dr. Rachael Consoli performed Letasha's first ultrasound. With the doctor's help, she safely delivered a healthy baby. Letasha says, “Without her, we both could have died.”Learn More
We believe in healthcare as a human right.
Lucy has been a CMMB community health worker in Zambia for more than 15 years. She was inspired to join by the committed volunteers who supported her when she was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Lucy now works with our CHAMPS initiative and says, “I’m giving back to the community, and the respect I’ve earned is amazing. On a busy day, I'll attend to more than 60 children."Learn More
We believe in human dignity for all.
Estapha says, "A steady income has changed my life." After graduating from a CHAMPS mother's club, Estapha received a loan of US$35 from a related neighborhood savings group and started selling candy and snacks near a local gathering place where men play dominoes while children watch. She can now afford better food for her family. And she is now saving for the future.Learn More