By: Michael Rohm
A mother is not just a noun. As a verb, to mother can mean many things: to love, to teach, to provide, to heal, to listen, to sacrifice, to inspire. The list goes on.
Additionally, a mother is not just biological. In my travels with ADRA, I’ve met countless mothers—those who mother their children, yes, but also those who mother grandchildren, step-children, adopted children, or entire communities. I’ve even met women who support their local ADRA project as if it were their own child.
Today, we celebrate all those women around the world. Read below to meet some of the wonderful mothers I have had the honor to talk with:
When ADRA technicians visited Mahasoabe, a village deep in the rolling hills of central Madagascar, they were looking for a strong mother to model positive changes for the women in the community. What they found was a devoted grandmother with a heart for service.
“The ADRA technicians came and asked if any woman was willing to be a Lead Mother, so I volunteered to become one,” said Christine, a 56-year-old mother, grandmother, and community leader. “I wanted to teach the mothers and pregnant women of my village to provide healthy diets for their children.”
As a Lead Mother, the official ADRA title assigned to role model mothers, it is Christine’s responsibility to support the women of her community. She teaches them which crops to plant and how to plant them, what foods to give to children under the age of five, and how to monitor the weight and health of a child.
The Lead Mother can see change under her own roof.
“The most meaningful thing for me is the garden. We garden every day, and we don’t have to buy everything in the market anymore,” she said. “It has changed the way I feed my grandchild. Now, I feed him a healthy and diversified diet.”
Though the little boy misses his mother, who is pursuing her career in the capital city many hours away, he is lucky to have a grandma who continues to work hard to give him the happy life he deserves.
Meet Fatima, a Syrian refugee who advocates for refugee education in Lebanon
Fatima has two children and an entire community of Syrian Refugees to care for. A refugee herself, the 31-year-old mother makes time every day to send her kids off to school, then she goes to work to convince countless refugee parents to send their kids to school, too.
As an ADRA Community Mobilizer, Fatima thinks of the whole refugee community as her family.
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