Donate!

We give lots of choices for giving.

You can mail a check to MOMS at PO Box 1656, Gualala, CA  95445.   

You can use your PayPal account or a credit card. 

MOMS has a WishList at Amazon.com.    https://smile.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/23TIOKIM25NM8    
If you like buying things we need, this is a good place to do it!  Having a package arrive is so much fun!

You can use the following option - Smile.com -  to use your credit card.  Fees are higher, but we want to work with you!

If you are on a mobile device, you can download the PocketCause app:  


Or if you have a spare car or other vehicle laying around, click the image below:  

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Take advantage of the Smile program, which usually gives about .5% of your purchase.

You can also make household purchases through Giving Assistant.  The percent given varies by vendor.

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Use Giving Assistant to save money and support Midwives on Missions of Service

Or, use iGiveŽ to help MOMS.  The percentages range from .5% to 9%, depending on the vendor.  

Where your gifts go….

We have no paid US staff, and volunteers raise money to pay their own way to and from Sierra Leone.  

We use money for the following things:  

  • Teaching aids
  • Grants for the women we train
  • Salaries for our Sierra Leonean staff
  • Food, travel, and housing for the teams while teaching 
  • The costs of operating legally and effectively:  Government fees, telephone, this website, etc.  

More about Teaching Aids

Remember the old saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words?"  When teaching, a picture is worth a thousand words.  A model is worth ten thousand words.  A simulator is worth one hundred thousand words!  

We teach many subjects, and need a variety of visual aids.  

  • Anatomy and physiology 
  • Fetal development     
  • Labor and delivery                           
  • Newborn care                                  
  • Nutrition    

Charts and models deteriorate in the high humidity.  The lamination on the charts peels apart and the paper molds.  The flannel grams we use to teach nutrition get matted and dingy.  

A full set of simulators, models, and charts costs about $1,500.  Each year we spend about $300 to update and replace them.  

We need four sets of visual aids so we can train in different areas of the country.  We have only one set currently.

A Word about Team Support

We teach.  We don't provide a lot of stuff we must continually replenish.  So our costs are mostly for caring for the team -- feeding, housing, transporting.  

To get to a rural village with our team, visual aids, and equipment requires us to rent a strong vehicle.  The roads are awful, so we tear holes in tires, break tie rods, bend running boards, etc. 

The per diem to feed, transport, and house one volunteer is about $20.  This provides nutritious meals, safe water, and housing.  

And, the Ubiquitous Overhead :-(

Overhead is a dirty word to those who are inexperienced with running a non-profit agency or other business! 

Overhead refers to salaries, government fees, phone charges, internet access, and so on - the tedious stuff we must have and do to get the work done.  The Government of Sierra Leone requires us to have an office, certain furniture, signs, etc.  Without “overhead” we have to close our doors. Thank you for understanding. 

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