Christian Care For Families

Our Story

Mothers’ Union in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, is a member organization of the international
Christian Charity organization that was started in England in 1876 by Mrs. Mary Sumner. The charity has
flourished to 4 million members in 84 countries worldwide. Mary Sumner’s objective was to support
mothers as they brought up their children as Christians.
The unique quality of the Mothers’ Union is, its members work as volunteers in local communities,
putting their faith into action by acts great and small, giving individuals in need a helping hand and
enabling communities to have the confidence and skills to transform their lives in a sustainable way.
Mothers’ Union Southern Africa was launched in 1904 with the first Branch in the diocese of
Bloemfontein [Free State]. MU Southern Africa exist in six countries namely, South Africa, Lesotho,
Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Angola. In the 29 dioceses that makes up the Anglican Church of
Southern Africa, Mothers’ Union exist in 28, with a membership of over 63, 000.

About the Mothers' Union


Our vision is of a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful, and nourishing relationships.


We will show our Christian faith by the transformation of communities worldwide. We will promote stable marriage, family life and the protection of children.

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  • To promote and support marriedlife
  • To encourage parentsin their role to develop the faith of their children
  • To maintain a worldwide fellowshipof Christians united in prayer, worship and service
  • To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protectionof children
  • To help those whose family life has met with adversity


  • Mothers’ Union is a Christian mission organisation working with people of all faiths and none.
  • We are ?rmly rooted in a voluntary ethos centred on mutual respect and collaboration.
  • Our governance, leadership, and programmes are driven by and undertaken through members within their own communities worldwide.


  • We believe in the value of each individual and their unique qualities
  • We believe in the value of relationships. Jesus said, ‘‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.’ This is the ?rst and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ’Love your neighbour as yourself.’’
  • We believe in the value of the family in its many forms as a source of love and support for individuals and the basis for a caring community
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