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Remembering Less Fortunate Mothers

Being a mother is never easy, but in Africa it takes on a whole new dimension. Save the Children’s new report on the best and worst countries for motherhood says that eight out of the ten worst countries for mothers are in Sub Saharan Africa. It is not surprising when you consider that one in sixteen women die in childbirth in the region (compared with 1 in 4,800 in the US) or that women in Sub Saharan Africa have the lowest life expectancies in the world–the lowest being in Swaziland, where a mother shouldn’t expect to reach her 32nd birthday. As we celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, we ask you to remember the less fortunate mothers, grandmothers, and future mothers of Africa and around the world and the organizations  working to lighten their burdens.  Aid for Africa member charities support impoverished girls and women in a variety of ways from medical treatment for women suffering from the effects of childbirth to helping mothers resist the cultural stigma of sending their daughters to school.  In many cases, they are the only hope for girls and women seeking a better life. Here’s some of what they are doing:

mothers2mothers works in nine African countries educating and supporting pregnant women and new mothers with HIV so they don’t pass the virus to their babies.  This Mother’s Day they are honoring mothers in their program through a dedication effort.

African Solutions to African Problems links South African grandmothers, called gogos, who are raising their grandchildren in the face of extreme poverty, with grandmothers in the West who are raising funds to ease their burden.

The Fistula Foundation works in ten African countries providing surgeries to repair obstetrical fistula, a wrenching childbirth injury that leaves women incontinent. Fistula Foundation is honoring mothers through a special donation campaign.

Maasai Girls Education Fund hosts workshops for mothers of their students on practical skills that improve the health, nutrition, and economic well-being of their families and life skills they never learned as young women. They also provide business training to mothers in partnership with the Village Enterprise Fund.

Solar Cookers International works with mothers in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa to educate them about the health and environmental benefits of solar cooking and teaches how to incorporate solar cookers into local economies by starting independent solar cooker businesses.

As you remember your mother this Mother’s Day, please remember those who are less fortunate in Africa and around the world.

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