“To whom it may concern,
It is with great pleasure to offer a testimonial for Mother and Child Welfare Organization (MACWO)
MACWO is a pioneer charity organization which began making contributions toward understanding of Voluntary charity work when the concept did not exist in the glossary vocabulary of the Somali communities in the UK.
I had the honour of working with MACWO for over five years. During that period, I have developed enormous respect for its dedication to global charity work plus the endless hours they worked in a determination to help humanity in its struggle against Stigma associated with mental illness.
MACWO has already been providing support for Somali prison inmates in multiple ways, from sorting and repacking clothing donations, petty cash and even recruiting other volunteers to assist. In addition to this work, MACWO has been deeply committed to and involved in the other local charity initiative in the London area providing service that helps single Somali mothers caring for children with various degree of learning disabilities.
MACWO continues to work in partnership with the Somali Mental Health Forum (SMHF) which is a professional Mental Health Action group based in the UK which has been providing mental health consultation/counselling and advocacy training for Somalis and East African refugee communities in the UK.
Currently, MACWO is working together with London charities funding groups to respond to the needs of communities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Dr A Fido; MD; MRCPsych; PhD
Consultant Psychiatrist, London, UK
Formerly, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry
College of Medicine, Kuwait University
President, Somali Mental Health Forum (SMHF)
“Mother and Child have helped me a lot. I come from nothing basically, a poor household. I had no money. I used to have to sell drugs to get money to buy my brother a school uniform. Khadra especially has helped me realise I am better than that, she’s made me a better person. Mother and Child helped me with my CV, helped me to go to college, helped me to get a part time job. I thank you very much, if it wasn’t for you, I would be selling drugs, I would be arrested or shot or dead. Mother and Child has helped me move from a very bad area to a safe location. Thank you Khadra for everything you have done. Thank you Mother and Child, keep the hard work going, thank you.”
– Hassan, age 22 years.
“Mother and Child really helped me a lot, because they don’t just help Somalis, they help me, I’m Ghanaian, they help all different types of races and religions. They really help you to study efficiently with frequent timing during the week. They help us as a community to get off the roads, and they help us achieve our dreams. I’m really grateful for the hard work they’ve done for me, they’re always there for you, they have a lot of support, if you want to make it in different stuff, they will help you, they have a wide range of staff who will help you.”
– Michael, age 21 years.
“I was excluded from school because my behaviour was no good. After that, I was involved with the wrong people and I helped to pass on money for drug criminals. At the time, I thought that was my only choice. My mum had a stroke. After a couple of months she was dead. I used to think to myself that maybe I was born to be sad. Then I met Mother and Child. Khadra communicated with me like nobody I’d ever met. She made me listen to her and I realised I was in a very sad situation but I could change it. I did an Apprenticeship in IT and got a diploma at level 3. I started at university last year. Now I am helping Mother and Child to work with young people.”
– Nasra, age 22 years.