This Mother's Day we salute the women who’ve carried us, soothed us, cheered for us and taught us lessons about life and love.
This group of mums live at the foot of Mount Meru in Northern Tanzania. They are part of our Child Survival Programme which helps more than 26,700 mums and babies around the world through mentoring, childbirth assistance, pre- and post-natal check-ups and immunisations. Life is hard but their complaints are few. Instead, these mums shine with pride in their children. They are strong women, inside and out. They reflect contentment and selfless compassion towards other mums in their community.
May their proverbs encourage and inspire you this Mother’s Day.
"A mother is a strong tower in the community. She stands full of strength."
“As mothers, we need to co-operate, work together and love one another. Tumaini likes to play with books and open them, I think she is a child who likes knowing different things.” - Neema & Tumaini
"When you encourage a mother, you are solving many problems."
“I feel so good being a mum to Jamaal. I like it. Before I was a Christian most of my life was not in order. When I was saved, my household was saved. I also believe that if a mother is wise, life at home is ordered.” - Selina & Jamaal
"A mother is a great army"
“Zena loves to laugh. I’m so proud of being a mother. I know I can help other women with raising their children. Anything difficult that comes across a mother, she is able to fight it and overcome.” - Esta & Zena
"A family without a mother finds it difficult to make progress."
“I’m proud of being a mother because having a child is a blessing. Evance likes singing and clapping and is a happy child.” - Jackline & Evance
"A mother is the champion of the family. She helps keep the family stable."
“If I had a friend who was a new mother I would advise her to relax and accept that God is in control.” - Winner & Godnester
"I’m not only Queen’s mother, but the mother to other children also."
“At the Compassion project I get to meet with other mothers and we learn to sew and tailor, and improve our cookery skills.”- Caree & Queen
"The child of another mother is also your child. Love her child like your own."
“If someone who is a mum is struggling I would encourage her to pray. I would also tell her nothing is impossible and I would offer her kind words.”- Lucy & Crispin
Today, we give thanks to the women, past and present, whose guidance and encouragement has made us who we are today. And we want to salute the incredible mums in our Child Survival Programme and Child Sponsorship Programme. Happy Mother’s Day!