Social Issues May 13, 2012
Saving Mothers In The Developing World: Mothers' Day Movement

There are so many organizations vying for your money throughout the year that it can be hard to know which ones are worth giving to. But if you're looking for a socially conscious last-minute gift for Mom, this could work: Mothers' Day Movement is asking for donations to help mothers in the developing world.

Each year, Mothers' Day Movement chooses a cause related to mothers in the developing world and raises funds toward it. The theme of this year's campaign is "Saving Mothers", and it focuses on reducing maternal mortality during childbirth. Without access to hospitals, mothers in developing countries must rely on the over 300,000 midwives and trained birth attendants who help women give birth. The Saving Mothers campaign will provide birth and hemorrhage kits designed to reduce infection at delivery, as well as educational seminars to help practitioners learn to use them correctly.

So if you want to give Mom a special gift today, consider donating to Mothers' Day Movement. An e-card will be sent to your Mom explaining that you've donated on her behalf. If you're interested, you can visit the Saving Mothers website right here and find out more about the work they're doing.

Mothers' Day Movement was founded by four women, Kim Hausman Athan, Eva Hausman, Trish Hazelwood and Stephanie Norton, after they read the book 'Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide' by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The apostrophe shift - from "Mother's" to "Mothers'" - is intentional. The group wants to shift the conversation to make today about honouring mothers around the world as well as one's own Mom.

An unrelated organization that also works to support mothers in the developing world is the World Food Programme's Purchase for Progress. This video tells the story of Karla Trujillo, a farmer in El Salvador who received training from Purchase for Progress. Check out her story below:



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