No Such Thing As Social Outcasts at SurfAid

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


photo by:Meitty

Sumba is a remote island with unique cultures, traditions and beliefs, one of which is the unacceptability of second marriages. Remarrying can cause intense social exclusion and isolation.

Mama Bota is a loving mother to twin toddlers, but motherhood has been lonely since she moved to Gaura village with her husband who is head of the community. She has never been invited to any ceremonies, and feels like neighbors gossip because she is the village leader’s second wife. Because of her fear of being rejected, she never took her twins to the community health post.

Fortunately, SurfAid’s community health volunteers noticed Mama Bota’s absence at the monthly health post, and visited her home to personally invite her to participate in the community health post activities.

Mama Bota and her twins appreciatively accepted the invitation and now receive both regular checkups and coaching sessions with other mothers and caretakers.


Photo by: Jo

Mama Bota is so grateful: “I am so thankful and happy that the community health volunteers and midwife have welcomed me to the community health post. It was there that I learned my twins are underweight. I will bring my twins to the health post every month from now on, so I can learn how to make sure they are healthier.”

With your help, SurfAid’s community-based health services will reach ALL mums and children living in the remote island communities we serve, regardless of their social standing. 

Thank you for enabling us to deliver programmes that are community driven, tailored to each village, and culturally sensitive. This village by village strategy promises lasting behaviour change that saves lives, and because of you we’re achieving phenomenal results.

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