The Global SISTERHOOD
We mamas are blessed to part of a wider community of mothers all around the world. Sisters are a special type of community, though, something a bit deeper, a bit more...real. So what makes someone a sister? It's when we love and care about one another. It's when we stand up and speak out for one another. It's giving, caring, and supporting one another, through good times and bad.
Welcome to the sisterhood of modern mamas.
This is where we show we care, not just with words, but with actions too.
let's be there for each other
We mamas are now connected by that miracle time in our lives - the day (or night) we gave birth and became a mother forevermore. Not all women in the world have the same opportunities and facilities we do in our Western societies, and too often, this most magical time is a time of fear, pain and loss for those beautiful mamas. Here's how we can help.
The fistula foundation
The Fistula Foundation trains surgeons and funds operations to repair obstetric fistula, a devastating injury caused by difficult childbirth that renders the mama incontinent. Obstetric fistula affects the poorest women in the poorest parts of the developing world. More than 75 percent of women who suffer from fistula have endured labor that lasted three days or longer, usually with loss of the baby.
Fistula can only be cured with surgery, and without proper treatment, women often find it difficult to reintegrate into their communities, including facing ostracism by their families.
Can you even imagine... Words can't express how our hearts go to these women. But at least our actions can!
The Fistula Foundation has supported fistula treatment in 31 countries across Africa and Southeast Asia.
Iodine Global Network
Remember when your GP told you to take an iodine and folic acid supplement during your pregnancy? Well iodine is absolutely crucial for healthy brain development. We are lucky to have access to supplements and the knowledge that we do, but not everyone is so lucky. In fact, iodine deficiency is the leading preventable cause of intellectual and developmental disabilities in the world. Yet amazingly, iodine deficiency is incredibly easy and affordable to prevent, even in developing countries. It’s as simple as adding a bit of iodine to the table salt people eat.
The Iodine Global Network is the leading global organisation supporting the elimination of iodine deficiency. The IGN and its partners have committed to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders in all countries by 2020. Achieving this goal would be a public health triumph on par with the eradication of polio and smallpox. Now that’s something worth being part of!
So it costs as little as 5 cents ($0.05) to provide iodised salt for a child for a whole year. That’s it. Unbelievable.
Jump over and donate $5 and you’ll have provided 500 people (including pregnant women, mothers and children) with a year of protection against iodine deficiency. And remember - iodine deficiency causes intellectual and developmental disabilities. Let’s support those mamas who want to give their growing babies the best chance, the way we were so easily able to.
Note: These nonprofits are listed as some of the top charities in the world to donate to by Peter Singer's The Life You Can Save program, for their effectiveness at making a difference and using funds well. Read more here.