Tag: Mother’s Day

As a husband and son of mothers who embody all of the Mother’s Day quotes that are floating around social media, I can wholeheartedly write that despite all the nice quotes and dark chocolate and special days of the year, there is still an honor-gap for moms.

Think about it. When someone is successful we talk about their education, their career path, their pedigree and even their own ability to pull up their own boot straps. I’m not sure what boot straps are, but I’d bet a chocolate bar that their mom is the one who showed them how to pull them up.

So, to put it simply, I’m encouraging you to honor a Mother. Your mom, someone else’s mom, a mother in our Mothers’ Clubs, the mother of your kids … or all of the above. But keep in mind that it is going to take more than words to pay this mom the honor she deserves. In fact, it’s going to take more than Mother’s Day. As people, let’s pay more attention and give more tribute to moms every day. Think about it like this, none of us would be here without them.

President Abraham Lincoln put it like this, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

What are our Mothers' Clubs?Learn More

 

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Inspiration

A mother lost her job and found hope

Cristina lost her job about the same time she found out she was pregnant with her second child.

“When I got fired I was feeling like, ‘What am I going to do now?’” said Cristina, who is now a 32-year-old mother of two. “I didn’t have money to keep paying for my son’s school and keep bringing food to the table.”

Convoy of Hope developed Mothers’ Clubs for hard-working moms like Cristina who have the will to care for their families but need a better way forward. The program trains mothers in skills ranging from nutrition to health and hygiene and from literacy to small-scale business practices so they can care for and provide for their families.

Cristina was one of the first women to participate in Mother’s Clubs in El Salvador and she is one of about 500 women who have now graduated.

“I had no plan for my life before the Mothers’ Clubs,” she recently told a group of moms entering the program. “Now, I’m making jewelry and feeding my children.”

Cristina

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How are you celebrating Mother’s Day?

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Program Updates / Women's Empowerment
A mother and newfound jewelry maker slips on a necklace that she learned to make in a Convoy of Hope Mother's Club. A mother and newfound jewelry maker slips on a necklace that she learned to make in a Convoy of Hope Mother's Club.

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we spoke with Andrea Frey, Latin America Regional Manager for Convoy of Hope about our Mother’s Club program in El Salvador and Honduras.

Is Mother’s Day celebrated in Latin America?

Mother’s Day is a big deal in Latin American because women play such a large role in homes. They’re holding families together for the most part. Fathers are often spending long days working, leaving mothers to care for the children.

Explain our Mother’s Club program.

We started our Mother’s Club in El Salvador and have recently piloted a program in Honduras. They are unique forums where we bring women together to educate them on how to provide healthier environments for their families. That includes teaching them to start businesses so they can make enough money to feed and care for their families as well as basic cooking and gardening skills.

How many mothers are enrolled?

We’ve had 135 women enrolled in El Salvador and plan to begin enrolling women in Honduras later this year.

Why is the program so important to mothers?

Mothers come together and they’re given new hope. In our last cycle in El Salvador, we had a girl who was 14-years-old and pregnant and so she was able to interact with older moms and was learn how to care for a new baby. She actually gave birth while she was in the program she was very much alone before but then she had a whole community of women surrounding her and teaching her life skills. After that, she not only had that support but she had food to give to her baby and she had vitamins and a garden. I think that’s one of the neatest things that I’ve seen — that a lot of younger moms are learning from older women. That’s life changing for them.

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Children's Feeding / Program Updates / Women's Empowerment