The World Moms are making a difference in the world, and we get excited to see our friends and readers run with something we’ve advocated for. Today we are featuring a guest post from a friend of the blog, Shilpa, owner of the online global home and fashion retailer, Harabu House.
“Equal pay for women”, “Healthy Children”, “A Good Sleep”, “A Good Education”, “Safe and Healthy Pregnancies” are just some of the wishes expressed for world moms at a casual event hosted by Jennifer Burden, founder of World Moms Blog. Jennifer had organized this event to highlight her trip to Uganda with the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life program, while telling a group of about 30 women about the women behind World Moms Blog and their social good initiatives.
A mutual friend of ours had suggested that Jen and I would hit it off with our interest in all things global, and we sure did! I was thrilled when I received an invitation to her event as I wanted to know more about her trip to Uganda.
We enjoyed wine, cheese and chocolate at Jen’s house and shared our own wishes for world mothers on a tree created from cardboard on her wall. Then, she called us into her family room in the middle of the party for a presentation. With her laptop connected to her T.V., she took us on a journey to Uganda through pictures. (more…)
Have you been following the Global Mom Relay? Today World Moms Blog is honored to have two posts running in the relay beginning today, Saturday, April 13th!
Now time to share and unlock the donations — here’s how!! Click on the two links below — every Facebook, Twitter or e-mail share unlocks a $5 donation for maternal health:
1) On Baby Center please click and share:
Our World Moms did an amazing job answering the question, “What’s the Best Advice a Mother Ever Gave You?”.
2) On The Huffington Post please click and share:
Our fantastic contributor Kim Siegal of Mama Mzungu, an expat mom who is an aid worker in Kenya, travelled to a rural village especially to write this post, Granting a Mother’s Dying Wish.
This past Thursday, World Moms Blog was invited to the launch of the Public Service Announcement (PSA) for the Global Mom Relay in Times Square. We viewed the PSA that includes Jennifer Lopez.
World Moms Blog Editors, Elizabeth Atalay and Jennifer Burden pose in Times Square at the launch of the PSA for the Global Mom Relay on Thursday, April 11, 2013.
The chatter on twitter is already taking off in support of 1000 days left until the 2015 target to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a rally beginning today, April 5th.
According to the Millenium 1000 website, “On that day, a community of individuals, organizations, and institutions will come together to celebrate successes to date, reinvigorate discussion on the MDGs themselves, and begin to advance a post-2015 development framework that builds on #MDGmomentum. Join the community and be a part of the 1,000-minute worldwide rally on April 5th!”
The goals are as follows:
As I prepared last October to head out as part of a Shot@Life delegation to Uganda, information was being chatted, e-mailed, phoned and texted to me:
“Take the malaria pills. Don’t forget to start them 2 days before your trip!”
“Get a squishy hat that can tie easily to your bag.”
“Get the typhoid vaccine.”
“Brush your teeth with bottled water!”
“Your kids will be fine while you’re gone. It’s only one week!”
“Have a backpack or adjustable bag, so it doesn’t hit the ground if you are somewhere that you’ll need to squat.”
“What shoes are you going to wear? How about these: (sends link to shoes).”
“If your stomach gets sick, don’t make the mistake my dad made. Take the antibiotic pills!” (more…)
We are pleased to share a guest post with you this week from the founders of “Meaningful Volunteer“, a 100% non-profit organization based in Canada that empowers international volunteers to make a meaningful difference in developing communities around the world. Malcolm and Megin Alvarez had a very unique comment that changed their perspective and their life. Their story on fostering is inspiring!
When women thrive, all of society benefits, and succeeding generations are given a better start in life. — Kofi Annan
Building schools or building businesses and then handing them over to the locals in developing communities is very satisfying. At Meaningful Volunteer, we build solar powered schools in developing countries. That’s what we do and that’s how we empower women. (more…)
If you are interested in having a closer relationship with the UN, you can support the Shot@Life campaign by just filling out this form to join over 190,000 people in support of life-saving vaccines for children in the developing world.
And, don’t forget — choose “Shot@Life Champion” in the “How Did You Hear About Us” field and write in “World Moms Blog” to let them know we sent you!!
Are you on Twitter? World Moms Blog will be at the Shot@Life twitter party this Thursday, March 21st, at 9pm EST. We hope you will join us to talk about and learn more about global health and the importance of giving more children around the world a healthy chance at life! The hashtag is #changeagent. See you there!