On this Mother’s Day, my heart goes out to all the mothers in this country and in the rest of the world who do not have the means to care properly for their children.
I’m thinking of mothers in the slums who constantly have to worry about the safety of their children and mothers in Africa who are forced to watch their children starve because there is not enough food to go around.
I can’t imagine a more horrible experience than not being able to provide for your child. The love from a mother to her child is so strong, yet so simple. It demands only that the child be happy and healthy. It asks nothing in return.
When a child is content, the mother is exuberant. When the child suffers, the mother feels pain she didn’t know was possible.
Most mothers want to provide for their children and will do whatever it takes to do so. But sometimes they just don’t know where to start…
I appreciate organizations like Heifer, Kiva, Grameen Foundation, and Central Asia Institute who understand the important role of women and mothers in eradicating hunger and poverty around the world. Their work has empowered millions of women to make a living and provide for their families. Pretty powerful stuff!
Today, I made my 20th Kiva loan to enable a mother of four in Cambodia to grow her agribusiness. The best part about Kiva and other microlending organizations is that your money keeps on giving. If you are interested in getting on the microlending bandwagon, feel free to join the Simply Enough Kiva team.
As I ponder the inhumane situation in which many mothers find themselves, I wonder if we don’t need to put some sort of “Adopt a Mother” system in place. One mother (or parent) who has more than enough adopts a mother who needs help caring for her family. Looking around the Internet, it seems like there are a few organizations out there with this goal in mind, which is awesome. Imagine knowing that you helped a pregnant women have a healthy delivery and a baby have a happy and healthy childhood!
It will be a happy Mother’s Day when all mothers in the world have enough to take care of themselves and their children. I can’t wait!
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