The words, “I am here for you,” spoken and lived between husband and wife can change everything. As we have seen time and time again through our work, when a husband and a wife respect one another and are faithful, they become the cornerstone of social development: they prevent HIV/AIDS infections, domestic violence is reduced, children are better educated, and families emerge out of poverty.

Maternal Life International nurtures secure families through The Faithful House program, a couple-centered healthcare training that has reached over 100,000 couples in Africa and Haiti. The Faithful House Program was developed by Dr. George Mulcaire-Jones and Gonzaga and Paskazia Lubega, MLI Uganda Directors. This unique program helps couples build, renew, and repair their marriage partnership. After participating in the program, couples have the tools to reconcile, to be faithful, and to better communicate about key issues in their relationship such as sex and money. The Faithful House has been shown to improve respect for women, reduce levels of domestic violence, and enhance parenting skills. We have countless stories of couples whose lives changed after participating in the Faithful House program.

MLI also promotes secure families through its Couple Bead Method of Fertility Awareness, a cost-effective, easy-go-use natural family planning method that can be used by couples of all educational levels, including those who are illiterate. Natural family planning/fertility awareness helps a couple to space their children for maximum health and encourages men to be responsible partners in family planning. Developed by MLI, the Bead Method is used by thousands. It is taught as a standalone program in some cases, while other times it is incorporated into the Faithful House program.

Our approach is unique, and uniquely successful, as we build local partnerships, improve healthcare training and facilities, utilize a couple-based approach, and generate new solutions.

The program has taught us how we can live happily as a family that is faithful to each other and above all, to God. We recommend that this program be extended to all married couples so that families can unite, and in turn, help each other to fight the scourge of HIV and AIDS.
— Couple from Zambia
It has just been one month since the training, and many changes are happening in the village. The time of examining ‘what’s broken’ in our house, was an opportunity for true contrition and repentance, with couples asking forgiveness for past mistakes. Early fruit from the training is witnessed when villagers see the husbands hauling the water while the wife is cooking, or the husband helping peel the bananas, in preparation for a meal. Spouses sharing household duties is something we may take for granted in our western society, but for our Rwandan friends, it is a significant paradigm shift.

I believe the Holy Spirit is pouring His Mercy on Rwanda, as the customary reaction to a man carrying water would be laughter and insults toward him; but paradoxically, after the November training many couples in Gihengeli decided they need the training too. They are eager for the blessings, and were hoping to begin in January. I sense the program may grow exponentially, and keeping up with costs will be an opportunity to rely heavily on Jesus, to touch the hearts of people we ask to support MLI.”
— Fr. Bonaventure Ngirenta from Gihengeli, Rwanda
Do you know that these programs are the best thing that ever happened to women? You know now we have better lives.
— Judith, Diocese of Kasese, Uganda
We thank you cordially for this so interesting training. Today, we discover the charm of a good family organization as well as the means to protect its efficiency, its structure and its durability. The lessons that we have just taken us prompts to change all that there were negative in our family behaviour. We would like to call to order everyone in our district, are not present, to change their behavior to protect their family. We would like these types of training are increasing for change us really, because more we trained, we can direct our focus with fairness, respect, and sense of responsibility. Thank you very much and we hope to see you soon. The community uses my voice to thank you and to wish you good continuity. God bless all the responsible.
— Trainee from Milot, Hait
I was very happy to participate in ‘The Faithful House’ training program, which was held in the community of Lorry. Before I had lot of problem in the way we have lived in my home with my wife and my children: Anger, infidelity, misunderstanding, intolerance, immorality and another shortcoming. We lived like animals. Thank God for the training lessons come and affected my conscience deeply and after training a systematic revolution operates in the operation of my life. And all problems are solved considerably and our behaviors are very acceptable in Haitian society and now all my anger turned into submission and love in my family life. That is why I ask the head of MLI to keep alive this program and even in a broader way. Then that encourage this program is reducing the vulnerable conditions lived Haitian families to strengthen their capacities to live. Thank God for this beautiful program that you has given us and for its perfection.
— Family of Luckner Monpoint, Haiti: (Mother language of Haiti is Haitian Creole)