A Mother’s Day gift for the nations
This Mother’s Day, why not give something different?
Among development circles it’s widely quoted that one woman dies in childbirth every minute (according to the World Health Organization). Sometimes statistics float over our heads because they feel so impersonal, but ask yourself this: have you ever lost a friend, sister, mother, or aunt to childbirth? I’m betting your answer is “no.” (And for that we are grateful.)
But for women all over the world, this isn’t the case. That’s why this Mother’s Day we’ve launched the Love A Mama Mother’s Day Drive to help women in need. Adriel Booker, one of the staff here at YWAM Sydney Newtown, started the Love A Mama Collective through her personal blog four years ago and has been doing annual Mother’s Day Drives ever since, rallying thousands of women around the world to causes and programs to resource and upskill girls and women in developing nations.
The Love A Mama Collective has recently been moved under our care as a ministry of YWAM Sydney Newtown and we couldn’t be more thrilled to work within this area of passion and need.
There are three ways you can get involved this year:
1. Midwifery Scholarship Fund
We are fundraising for Jerina—a young midwifery student in rural India—to receive her training in order to become the first midwife in her entire area. (She lives in a state with 17 obstetricians for 25 million people if you can imagine that!) Right now women are extremely under-resourced and we felt the best long-term solution to providing care was to ensure one of their own gained the expertise needed not only to assist with safe birth, but to become a community health educator and catalyst for multiplication. We’re proud of Jerina and glad to support her in partnership with Sparrow International (our partners on the ground in India). You can read more about Jerina here, or contribute directly to Jerina’s scholarship fund here. (Please note: If you decide to donate in honor of your own mother, we’ll send you a free printable Mother’s Day card you can give her to describe the donation you made on her behalf. Be quick though—this offer ends Friday, May 6th, 2016!)
2. Clean Birth Kits
The Love A Mama collective has rallied thousands of clean birth kits for women in developing nations over the last four years, but the world has room for hundreds of thousands more. These simple kits—as unimpressive as they may appear—can be the difference between life or death for women in rural areas with little or no access to health care professionals or facilities. Basic, preventable infections really do make all the difference in maternal (and infant) mortality. If you’d like to gather friends and make some clean birth kits in honor of mothers around the world this Mother’s Day, all the information you need can be found right here.
3. Love A Mama Local
As much as we’re into seeing the nations transformed, we recognize that those efforts can’t be in isolation or competition with the needs within our own neighborhoods. If you’d like to do something for a local mother in your own circle of influence, we’d love to see or hear your stories. Use the hashtag #loveamama and/or email us to share how you’re reaching out this Mother’s Day. (Need ideas? There’s some fabulous ones listed here.)
Thank you for considering how you can join us this Mother’s Day. Is there a mother or mother-figure in your life you’d like to honor? Have you thought about how you can reach beyond yourself to honor the women who give life to the world? Please consider giving generously to the Love A Mama Midwifery Scholarship Fund for Jerina and sharing about these opportunities on social media using the hashtag #loveamama.