Every year it’s the same routine; I make sure I send her flowers followed by a good phone call or Skype conversation, and then calling it a day. Yep, that is my Mother’s Day ritual to show my mom my appreciation, but is that enough? This year I want to do something different! Something that will not only show my mother I care, but also allow me to support other mothers and children of the African diaspora.
For most of you who don’t know me, I was born in Eritrea in the mid 1980’s. A place where it was difficult to raise a family without fearing if tomorrow was granted.A time were my father had to spend time in prison, while my strong mother had to raise six kids with me on the way. With the help of my grandma, my mother was able to work to provide an income while visiting my father in prison to make sure he was okay.
For my parents it was a hard time and they knew change fast change had to be made. My parents along with my siblings and I decided to leave their old family and friends to a place where they could give us an opportunity to grow up in a safer environment. Allowing us to get a proper education and grabbing life by the horns so we could become whatever we desired to be. Like most parents, mine wanted me to be better then them so I wouldn’t have to struggle that hard.
Growing up hearing these stories made me realize how different life could have been, and how blessed I am. I also feel it is my responsibility to give back and help out. This year I plan on donating and volunteering my time to unique orginzation’s surrounding their focus on Mother’s and their child’s. Here are my top three picks along with more information, enjoy!
* Mother 2 Mother – Who would have known that a single dose of medication to a mother during labor, and a dose to her infant shortly after birth – can cut transmission rates nearly in half? Mothers2mothers employs and trains mothers living with HIV to prevent new HIV infections among infants and keep their mothers alive. These “Mentor Mothers” work alongside doctors and nurses to bring critical information and support to pregnant women and new mothers with HIV. Read More…
* Mothers of Africa – “In Africa a woman’s risk of dying from treatable or preventable complications of pregnancy and childbirth over the course of her lifetime is 1 in 22, compared to 1 in 7,300 in developed regions.” Mothers of Africa is a Medical Educational Charity that trains medical staff in Sub-Sahara Africa to care for mothers during pregnancy and childbirth. Read More…
*Child Soldiers International- CSI works to prevent the recruitment and use of children as soldiers, to secure their demobilization and to ensure their rehabilitation and reintegration.
“I would like you to give a message. Please do your best to tell the world what is happening to us, the children. So that other children don’t have to pass through this violence.”
‘The 15-year-old girl who ended an interview to Amnesty International with this plea was forcibly abducted at night from her home by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), an armed opposition movement fighting the Ugandan Government.’
I hope this blog inspires you to help a mother or child in need. Marion Garretty put it best when she said “A Mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.”