How we show up to care is an intentional decision.
What we have witnessed and experienced over the last 18 months has made us shift our attention towards a future where we lead with compassion, consider the wellbeing of our community, and ensure the safety and dignity of Black and Brown lives.
When Mamatoto Village reflects on the future we are creating, we envision a culture of safe, just, and dignified care for womxn, birthing people, and their families. Yet such community transformation needs a starting place that can bring birthing people, caregivers, and families together as a village.
Where can Black womxn and families gather to receive compassionate, inclusive, and radical collective care?
Such a place does not currently exist in Ward 7. There is no maternal health services center that is rooted in and run by the stewards of the community. This space will change the narrative that inadequate, inaccessible, and inefficient maternal healthcare for Black birthing people is the norm. It will serve as the backdrop in which Black womxn are empowered and provided with the resources and community they need to thrive as mothers, caregivers, and professionals.
Our work is most impactful when care is the responsibility of everyone.
We know committed collective action is the first step to writing new storylines towards community transformation and sustaining our movement, we welcome you to join us in solidarity and turning this vision into reality.
Aza Nedhari, Mamatoto Village Co-Founder & Executive Director
Rena Greifinger, Mamatoto Village Board Member & Capital Campaign Chair
Annually we serve over 300 mamas, babies, and families. Since 2013, Mamatoto Village has supported our community in the following ways:
Mamatoto Village Community Pillars
Our work exists in the backdrop of statistics that paint a grim picture for Black womxn and birthing people. We acknowledge the sustained high-intensity trauma and historical disinvestment in Black thriving. Therefore, we seek to re-author stories, set in motion multigenerational legacies and serve as a convener to support efforts of community transformation through social change. Mamatoto Village is birthing the conditions that will foster opportunities for:
Learn About Our New Home
Located .5 miles from the Minnesota Ave Metro, our new facility is centrally located in Ward 7. 4315 Sheriff Road NE is spacious at approximately 5400 sq. ft, and will include:
- Full spectrum midwifery clinic, including two examination rooms and an open office for clinical perinatal providers;
- Private client meeting rooms;
- Office space for Mamatoto staff
- Multi-purpose conference room to host workforce training, large team meetings, and in-person support group sessions.
|Office and Clinical Space Design/Build|
|Office move/set up||$10,000|
|Clinical Staffing (Year 1)||$500,000|
How You Can Help
“I had both of my babies with Mamatoto VIllage. Being involved with Mamatoto really helped, especially the first time. The birth support, for me, was the most important part. The education on childbirth was especially helpful. I also got a lot of help with social services. Seeing a group of Black women who looked like me, giving back to the community….it’s inspiring. The advice, the day and overnight support definitely helped.”-T.Y
There was a lot of interaction having one of my children with Mamatoto. I shared more and had more social support. The program was structured and it helped me to meet my goals with my delivery. This is the first program I’ve [fully] completed. I was in another program before, but didn’t complete it. I felt less comfortable. It’s important to have this program, offering Black womxn the kind of support that is usually offered for white women.”– A.G
The moment is now, and the movement is forever.
WE CANNOT DO THIS WORK ALONE.
We know committed collective action is the first step to writing new storylines towards community transformation and sustaining our movement.
You are a part of our community.
This is your chance to make a meaningful and lasting GENERATIONAL IMPACT.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! We have taken precautions to ensure that your virtual or physical donation is secure.
Of course! We are grateful for your gift in any manner that you choose to make it. Please make checks payable to Mamatoto Village and write “Movement of Collective Care” on the memo line so we are sure to designate it correctly. Mail checks to 4315 Sheriff Road NE, Washington, DC 20019.
Yes! Please contact Tiffany Dezort at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss ways to make gifts to Mamatoto Village beyond checks or online.
Every dollar counts, and we are thankful you chose to donate to our organization!
You can spread the word about Mamatoto and our Capital Campaign! The more people we can reach, the quicker we can reach our goal of opening up our building to support our Village. Additionally, donations of services and supplies are always welcome; please contact Leah Franklin at email@example.com to learn more.
Yes! We always appreciate things such as diapers, bottles, and clothes. If you would like to donate other items, please feel free to email Leah Franklin at firstname.lastname@example.org for next steps.
Yes, please contact Leah Franklin at email@example.com to see how your services can best be utilized within Mamatoto.
We are expecting volunteer opportunities later on in 2022, when and if the pandemic reaches an end. Please subscribe to our newsletter for any information regarding volunteer possibilities in the future.
We are looking forward to inviting everyone to the new building once construction is complete and we are fully moved in! We anticipate that being in the first half of 2022.