For love of Mothers. MADRE: Mothers's Day Emergency Fund.
When I go to sleep at night, I’m grateful that my two boys
are well fed, warm and safe from the dangers of war. They go to school
each day. When they’re sick, I take them to the doctor.
And then I think of all the mothers I know in other countries, just as
dedicated to their kids as I am, but not able to protect them. In ways
large and small, you and I have worked together to make their burdens
I think of the mother in a tent in Haiti who holds the whistle we gave
her, as she watches her daughter sleep and listens for attackers. She
knows that the other moms will come when she sounds the alarm, now that
her whistle gives her the power to call for help.
Or the mom in Kenya who risks all to secret her daughter to one of our
shelter schools to protect her from being forced into marriage.
Or the soon-to-be mother in Palestine who waits nervously for the
midwife. Military roadblocks kept her from receiving prenatal care at the
hospital. But the midwife—equipped with a birthing kit from MADRE—will
safely deliver her new baby.
This is what we do—not just on Mother’s Day, but every day. We stand up
for mothers, fierce defenders of their loved ones. Will you stand with them?
All year long, unexpected crises befall women in our sister
organizations—disasters that can’t be anticipated. Yet, we know we must
always be ready when a mother calls for help.
MADRE’s Mother’s Day Emergency Fund makes sure we
can respond. Just this week, I took an urgent call from our partner in
Iraq. She told me about an activist facing death threats. We’re helping
her find a means of escape for herself and her children.
Then, I spoke to our partner in Nicaragua. We made plans to
replant the crops that her family depends on, after their bean harvest
was swept away by recent floods.
We’ve committed to raise $15,000 for the Fund by May 31, to meet these
needs and to answer other urgent calls for help. Will you help us?
Join me in supporting these mothers now. Make a gift in honor of a
mom, stepmom, aunt who’s like a mom, or maybe just for any mom, now.