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Why do we give Materna Kits to mothers of infants living in poverty?

We interviewed 100 mothers of newborns living in poverty in Central America

and this is what we learned...

60% of the mothers that we

interviewed reported that

they experienced significant barriers

to exclusive breastfeeding

79% of the mothers that we

interviewed reported that they

could not afford to consistently

supplement with formula

This is a pressing issue for mothers living in extreme poverty for a many reasons.
Mothers of infants living in extreme poverty face thesame challenges that mothers
living in more affluent
circumstances face – breastfeeding is a huge investment of a mother’s time,
physical effort, and emotional capacity.

The difference is that many mothers living in poverty don’t have the same
resources to be able to supplement safely – such as access to affordable breast milk
substitutes, clean water, and hygienic ways to prepare bottles.

Some of the mothers that we interviewed reported that they had no choice but to
supplement with rice water, sugar water, and even cold coffee.

We work to provide each mother with the education and resources necessary to
make better decisions related to their infants’ nutrition.

One mama at a time.

We work to make sure that every mother knows – no mama stands alone.

Our Goals

Impact Mothers' Lives

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New Opportunities

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Adequate Nutrition

Access to Education

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Support other Moms

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Emergency Relief

In our efforts to fight hunger and malnutrition in Latin America, we created...

Materna Kits

Materna Kits are like a mini baby
shower bag for an entire community of mothers


Communities Served


Materna Kits Gifted


Donations to Sponsor Materna Kits

Make a Donation…

Materna Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non profit organization run entirely by volunteers.

When you choose to donate, 100% of your donation is used to directly help mothers of infants living in extreme poverty.

We are currently fundraising for our Summer of Giving – we will travel throughout El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala to provide Materna Kits and Trainings to 800 mothers of infants living in extreme poverty.

Each $25 donation funds a Materna Kit for a mother in need.

Register As A Volunteer

There are so many ways to become involved with Materna Foundation. We have volunteer trips in Summer 2023, for which we are still searching for more volunteers. You can learn more via this link.

If you would like to sign up to be a volunteer, please send an email to and make the required deposit at the link above.

    Volunteers Testimonials

    Volunteering in El Salvador opened my eyes in so many ways. I am so glad that I decided to go.

    Materna is making a huge difference in our community, and we are happy to help the program grow here in Honduras.

    I feel like I left a huge part of my heart with the moms that I met in Central America, they are incredible mothers.

    In the fight to end malnutrition, support mothers living in extreme poverty, and
    close the health disparity gaps for women and children around the world, there is so much work to be done.

    Thank you for choosing to be a part of our programs that create real, sustainable change.