Future Foundations

by VSO International in Tigray

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

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

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 enquiry@vsoint.org



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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