Sunday, October 14, 2012
Charity post for ONE: Motherhood unites us all
Once upon a time mums wore dresses and low heeled shoes. They looked neat, they stayed home. They cooked and cleaned and gardened and pushed the pram to the school. And back again. Everything else arrived. There was the bread van, the fish van, the grocer's van. They didn't drive. Is that how it was? Or is my mind playing tricks, just like my memories of summer sunshine. Was my Mum happy with her life? I never thought to ask her. I did want my life as a mother to be different. And it was.
Now mums in the Western World have so many choices, full-time mum, work at home, career mum. But so many things are still the same: they love their children, they juggle the demands of life and motherhood and lack of time and even less sleep. But sometimes life takes the choices away.
Even in Britain and Ireland, many mums and their families have been trapped by the recession. They see their bright futures ebbing away. How much worse is it for mums in the Third World? Yet I bet we'd talk about the same things if we met. How proud we are of our kids, how we worry about them, how we wonder "why" all the time. And I'm sure my Mum was the same.
Making things better for our children - and theirs - is a challenge. But it doesn't always take money to make change happen.
Unlike other charities, ONE is not looking for money. It is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures. ONE wants our voices. It wants us to join together to put pressure on Governments to implement policies that WILL improve people's lives. That will make motherhood hopeful not fearful.
Motherhood unites us all.
So sign up now.
Together we are strong.
Together we are loud.
Together our voices can make a difference.
Written to support the recent #OneMums bloggers' trip to Ethiopia where they saw and reported on the work that ONE are doing and how lives are being improved and saved. More over at Seasider In The City.