A Tribute to Those Who Mother

Mother's Day 2019

To mark Mother’s Day, we celebrate the amazing fortitude and resourcefulness of mothers, grandmothers, and all those who take on mothering roles in the families and communities we serve around the world. In our health and nutrition programs in vulnerable communities, mothers are often the first responders when their children show signs of illness. They are our partners in helping ensure that young children get the proper food, care, and health services they need to thrive and flourish. In our US vision care programs, mothers are our partners in ensuring their kids can see clearly to succeed in school and in life.

We could say a lot more about why mothers matter so much in their families and in vulnerable communities. But we’d rather let you see for yourself.

A picture is indeed worth a thousand words. Here are a few of the remarkable caregivers and mothers we met this past year whose daily devotion to caring for others exemplifies what it means “to mother.”

MOTHERING IS…GIVING CHILDREN A SOFT PLACE TO LAND, EVEN IF IT MAKES YOUR LOAD THAT MUCH HEAVIER.

Our nutrition programs empower mothers in rural Sierra Leone to cultivate small farms to provide their young children with a source of nutritious food and to generate household income.

MOTHERING IS…NOURISHING CHILDREN WITH FOOD THAT COMES WITH AN EXTRA HELPING OF LOVE.

In Vietnam, we teach mothers and caregivers not only how to grow nutritious food, but also how to cook well-balanced, appealing meals to help children grow up healthy and strong. Read more.

MOTHERING IS…MAKING SACRIFICES TO PROVIDE A SAFE HOME AND BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR CHILD.

Our school-based vision care programs in the US benefit under-resourced children whose mothers and caregivers cannot afford the expense of eye exams or prescription eyeglasses. Margarita is an amazing champion for her young daughter, Gabriela, who benefited from our vision care program in New York City. Watch their video

MOTHERING IS…CARING FOR THE CHILDREN IN YOUR COMMUNITY AS THOUGH THEY WERE YOUR OWN.

Meet three health care workers in Senegal who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve nutrition and protect the well-being of mothers and children in their villages. Read more.

Happy Mother’s Day to all those who mother around the world!

To pay tribute to a special mother in your life, consider one of “Helen’s Gifts,” inspired by the example of our co-founder, Helen Keller.