Manchester Mothers' Union has links with other dioceses across the world. We pray for one another, provide practical help and organise exchange visits to keep our links alive.
Mothers' Union members: 141,571
Population: 32.8 million
Life expectancy: 47 years
Infant mortality rate: 61.47 deaths/1,000 live births
Mother's Union began in Kenya in 1918. The Province was formed in 1970, and has 29 dioceses. Members are keen to remain relevant in their country and are involved with many activities responding to the needs of their communities and showing God's love to those around them.
Cultural and ethnic diversity makes Kenya a richly vibrant country but not without its tensions. Mothers' Union strives to provide support and activities within their local community that can enable different groups to come together and often bring about reconciliation.
Mothers' Union members work closely with families to encourage stable family life. The Mothers' Union Parenting Programme was launched in Kenya in 2005. The programme is open to the entire community, and specialist material is available to support single parents, senior citizens and orphans. HIV/AIDS, increasing awareness of nutrition, food security, ensuring education for girls and supporting women are also key components.
Mothers' Union Members: 30,946
Population: 56 million
Percentage of Population Christian: 95%
Life expectancy: 49.35 years
Child mortality rate: 92.87 deaths/1,000 live births
The Province of the DRC has seven dioceses. Since gaining independence in 1960, the country has been marred with trouble, unrest and corruption which culminated in a five-year civil war, claiming the lives of 4 million people. 2008/9 saw another rise in fighting resulting in many deaths and enormous numbers of displaced people.
Click for details of our link with Nord Kivu.
Mothers’ Union members: over 60,000
Percentage of population Christian: 40%
Life expectancy: 43 years
Infant mortality rate: 98.8 deaths/1,000 live births.
The province of Nigeria was formed in 1979 and now has 10 ecclesiastical provinces, with 91+ dioceses. There is a large membership and projects range from health projects, to agricultural support and literacy groups. Income generating schemes operate in many dioceses.
In a country where ethnic and religious tendencies can run high, the role of women in Nigerian society can be difficult. The work by members in this country really does empower many who may not ordinarily have the opportunity to attend courses, or even to have fellowship with others.
Click for details of our link with Zaria.