By Sumudu Perera, ChildFund Sri Lanka
A Sri Lankan mother and son.
We asked community members in our ChildFund program areas as well as staff in the Sri Lanka office to share bits of advice that their mothers gave them when they were children – advice that they still value and want to pass on to their own children. Here’s a sampling of what they shared. Happy Mother’s Day!
Community Members Share Wisdom From Their Mothers
“Not every bad thing that happens to you is bad. Sometimes they happen for good.” – Rathnamalala
“Even the god worships good people.”– Deepangani
“A person who walks on others’ footprints never sees his own footprint.” – Airangani
ChildFund Sri Lanka Staff Recall Their Mothers’ Advice
“Listen to your elders. They have plenty of experience in life.” – Kaushalya
“Try to manage within whatever you have.” – Dilrukshi
“Don’t try to change others; change yourself.”
“Be a blessing to others.”
By Kate Andrews, ChildFund staff writer
Having children is hard work, no matter where you live and what kind of assistance you have available. But think of a mother living in a developing country. She may not be able to give birth in a hospital, and she may lack the proper nutrition that both she and her baby need to survive. As we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day, here are some ways to show your appreciation for mothers who are striving to raise children in difficult circumstances. You even can give a gift in your own mother’s name if you’d like.
A Ugandan mother brings her child to a nutrition day in Budaka District. Photo: Jake Lyell.
The Mama Kit, available through ChildFund’s Gifts of Love & Hope catalog, has supplies for a pregnant woman in Uganda to use during and after delivery, and qualified health professionals provide education for women to ensure safe birthing experiences. This is important because Uganda has a high infant mortality rate of 64 deaths for every 1,000 live births (2012), according to the CIA World Fact Book. For $35, an expectant woman and her baby have a better chance to survive.
Another item in the catalog is medicine for children and mothers in Liberia, protecting them from parasites, malaria and low hemoglobin levels. For $50, you can help stock ChildFund-supported clinics, which are run by trained community health volunteers. Health posts bring vital medication and education to communities that would otherwise go without.
A Vietnamese mother and her two daughters.
The catalog features other gifts that make for great Mother’s Day presents. Mothers in Vietnam will benefit greatly from a small micro-loan of $137, which will allow them to start their own agricultural businesses. The income they earn provides food, clothing and educational opportunities for their children. In Honduras you can buy books for first-grade classrooms for only $9. When children learn how to read, the whole family benefits.
Mothers around the world want the best for their children. This Mother’s Day, consider helping a mom.
By ChildFund Uganda staff
ChildFund and its local partners in Uganda made a concentrated effort to increase HIV and AIDS interventions in the past year, setting three primary objectives:
- Make significant contributions to the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
- Improve access to care and treatment for children living with HIV and AIDS.
- Strengthen the existing district health care system to ensure effective delivery of HIV and AIDS services.
Expectant mothers and their husbands attend a prenatal care training session, which includes HIV and AIDS counseling and education services, in Agago district in northern Uganda.
To effectively deliver quality HIV and AIDS programs to the target populations, ChildFund is taking an integrated approach to service delivery in Uganda. We are working within existing programs including maternal and child services, health care and immunization.
Last year, we made considerable progress toward those goals, including
- comprehensive training for 28 health workers in four districts on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV
- a fully equipped maternity unit constructed in Kitgum district
- 7,800 pregnant mothers accessing HIV counseling and testing
- 8,100 children tested for HIV, with 72 percent of children who tested positive receiving appropriate treatment
- more than 350 HIV-affected households supported with income-generating activities
- 160 health volunteers trained and engaged in community mobilization and follow-up for HIV-positive patients
- more than 100 local and religious leaders selected and trained on their roles in promoting HIV and AIDS prevention services.
A newly constructed maternity ward at Akuna Labor Health Center III in Lagoro Subcounty in Kitgum district now offers HIV and AIDS interventions.