Future Foundations

by VSO International in Tigray

We did it
On 23rd August 2018 we successfully raised £720 with 23 supporters in 79 days

A home for pregnant women in Tigray, Ethiopia, will save lives. We need your help to reach £20,000, to save the lives of mums and babies.

by VSO International in Tigray

Give change to make change.

Mums and babies are dying in Ethiopia because they can’t make it to hospital or have a healthcare professional present when they give birth. 85% of people live rurally, the roads are bad and there aren’t many ambulances. Most of these deaths are avoidable

If everyone gives a little, it will equal a lot of change. 

Building a maternal waiting home, where women can stay in the weeks before birth, will help more mums and babies live.

A maternal waiting what? 

Maternal waiting homes are a home from home for expectant mums with high-risk pregnancies, built within the grounds of a main hospital. Women stay there and look after each other in the weeks before birth, but with 24-hour emergency care just a few steps away if it’s needed.

147 women in our Butajira maternal waiting home in southern Ethiopia have already been helped – around half of them or their babies would’ve had severe complications, including death, if they hadn’t been in the home

Help us build: 

  • a safe environment for mothers, babies and families
  • knowledge and skills around antenatal care 
  • a community 
  • a maternal waiting home. 

All our amazing volunteers, doctors and community workers in Tigray are ready to start! We have the passion and expertise to make this work; we just need you.


If you want to know more about VSO or how you can get involved, please get in touch at [email protected]



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Big thank you

We’ll do you a shout-out to say thanks over on our Facebook page.

£10 or more

1 of 200 claimed

Personal touch

A personalised thank you card and special project photo of the maternal waiting home will be sent to you in the post.

£20 or more

3 of 150 claimed

Dash of Ethiopia for your garden

As well as a personalised thank you card and photo, you’ll receive ‘torch lily’ seeds, so your garden can have its very own Ethiopian flower patch.

£25 or more

0 of 100 claimed

Be our Kin

Get an exclusive copy of Kin, VSO's supporter magazine, packed with stories from around the world, including a look at coffee culture and industry in Ethiopia. You’ll also get a personalised thank you card and photo.

£50 or more

0 of 50 claimed

A friend for life

Wear your support with pride, with a friendship bracelet in Ethiopian national colours. You’ll also receive a personalised thank you card and photo.

£100 or more

0 of 20 claimed

The taste of Ethiopia

A delicious pouch of Ethiopian coffee for yourself, some Ethiopian flower seeds for your garden, Kin magazine AND a personalised thank you card and photo delivered direct to your door.

£250 or more

0 of 10 claimed

A lasting memory

You’ll receive the taste of Ethiopia bundle (coffee & torch lily seeds) and a beautiful photo canvas as a lasting memory of the difference you’ve made to the lives of mums and babies in Ethiopia. You’ll also get a copy of Kin, VSO's supporter magazine, a personalised thank you card and photo

£1,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Friend and family selection

As a special thank you, your name will be sewn into a comfort blanket for mums in the Tigray home. The lasting memory bundle and a friendship bracelet will be all yours too.

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