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Stop the Pity: Unlock the Potential

MAY 25th AFRICA DAY: A holiday in most African nations that began as a call for freedom from colonialism, has become a celebration of African unity, potential and promise. MamaHope as an organization summed that up for us. With only two staff in the US fundraising and local teams on the ground in communities throughout Africa working on projects initiated by those same communities, this small and passionate non-profit team are redefining how we see Africa.

Haitian mothers still on the long road to recovery more than two years after the earthquake

There have been few moments in my life when I have felt the pulse of humanity so vividly as the week I spent in Haiti. Though I have worked for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for over 15 years, the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti revealed one of the most heart-wrenching situations I had seen for women and mothers.

About 80 percent of the tens of millions of people fleeing war, persecution and violence in the world are mothers and children. They are everywhere on the globe, living in remote areas, in tent cities or in urban centers. They are some of the most vulnerable, yet resilient people in the world.

A Mother’s Day to Remember: Winner Gets Portrait By Anne Geddes

By Teri Whitcraft and Carrie Halperin

For Allison Dearstyne of Dunkirk, Md., her first Mother’s Day as a mom may be the best ever.

Last November,  when she was nine months pregnant, she and her husband Richard entered a photo in the Million Moms Challenge “Imagine Me & You” contest.   The black and white photo, titled  “May You Stay Forever Young,”  was one of 450 images submitted by moms-to-be across the country, all of whom wrote a message of five words or less on their bellies.  The goal: to raise awareness about the challenges facing moms and babies around the world.

A Mother’s Day to Remember: Winner Gets Portrait By Anne Geddes

By Teri Whitcraft and Carrie Halperin

For Allison Dearstyne of Dunkirk, Md., her first Mother’s Day as a mom may be the best ever.

Last November,  when she was nine months pregnant, she and her husband Richard entered a photo in the Million Moms Challenge “Imagine Me & You” contest.   The black and white photo, titled  “May You Stay Forever Young,”  was one of 450 images submitted by moms-to-be across the country, all of whom wrote a message of five words or less on their bellies.  The goal: to raise awareness about the challenges facing moms and babies around the world.

Writing the Story for Our Unsung Heroes

By Joy Marini, Director, Worldwide Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson

Every year around this time, as Mother’s Day is celebrated in the U.S. and many other countries, I pause to give thanks to my mother, my grandmother and all of the women who have contributed to supporting and nurturing me through life. None of the women on my path have been written about in history books or made discoveries that would change the world – so far.  But in my childhood, these were the strong women who kept me healthy and made the world a safe and joyful place. They are my unsung heroes. For a child, “mom” is the face of comfort, of safety, of love. Mom is our first hero and she begins the story of our life.

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