Vivian Gaiko is the founder of Empower Mama Foundation (EMF); an organization that supports grieving parents socially and emotionally after pregnancy, infant or child loss. The support is offered by visiting with the bereaved parent(s) in the hospitals or at their homes. Twice monthly support group sessions are held where bereaved parents meet and share their journeys after the loss as we believe that sharing is a part of the healing process. The support group is facilitated by a trained psychologist and professional counselor who takes them through dealing with grief and loss. There are also Whatsapp support groups for those unable to attend the physical sessions.
Empower Mama Foundation preaches that suicide is not an option and that there is life after a loss. This was the basis of the formation of EMF when Vivian’s neighbor committed suicide over the loss of her twin babies in Jan 2016. Having been on the verge of committing suicide over her loss in 2014, this developed a desire in Vivian to create an organization that will assure women that there’s still hope and we can always find help as we are not as strong as on 12th November 2016 during the ‘Save a Life!’ event that focused on suicide prevention awareness following child loss. Initially EMF was providing support to grieving mothers as they are the most affected by child loss, hence the name Empower ‘MAMA’ (mother), currently we have included the bereaved fathers as they also grieve as the mother does.