Today I'd like to share a Mother's Day message from the extraordinary Marianne Elliott ~
Every year as Mother’s Day approaches I wonder what to give my mother. She always insists that she neither wants nor needs anything except the company of her children and grandchildren.
I’m also loathe to spend money on something my mother doesn’t really want or need when there are so many other mothers in the world who could benefit if I did something more constructive with that money. So I usually concentrate on trying to get home to visit instead.
But this year my mother is in Uganda for Mother’s Day (yes, my parents are entirely to blame for my adventurous streak and these days I can barely keep up with them) so I can’t spend the day with her and needed to find something else to do to honour her.
Luckily, I’ve been able to be part of a fantastic project by Epic Change that gives us all a chance to honour the mothers in our lives at the same time as we help make one very special mama’s dream come true.
This year, my gift to my mother will be my personally created “heartspace” on To Mama With Love, and a donation in my mother’s name that will help another mama who is even further away. Her name is Mama Lucy and she’s literally a mother to an entire school that she envisioned and built using her income as a chicken farmer as seed capital. Serving over 400 children, the school is already one of the top-ranked primary schools in Arusha, Tanzania – all because of a woman with a vision of a brighter future and an organization called Epic Change who helped generate thousands of donations via various social media outreach efforts.
“I started learning at this school since I was six years old; Now I am 12. Mama Lucy is a founder of our school Shepherds Junior. She is a hard-working mama. She is kind. She loves us and I love her very much.”
~ Nihad, a student at Mama Lucy’s school, echoing the sentiments of her fellow students.
Mama Lucy has another dream. At the school, Mama Lucy’s next step is to build a home on campus for many of the children who attend, so that every child has a nurturing environment to learn and grow. With To Mama With Love, we hope to build this home out of the love we share for moms across the globe. Just imagine.
According to the LA Times, this year Americans alone will spend $14.6 billion on Mother’s Day. Imagine if the gifts we gave made the world a better place for children & mamas everywhere.
This Mother’s Day, as you think about the mamas in your life, consider doing two things:
1. Create your own heartspace to show how much you love the momma’s in your life. The donation to create your heartspace will go directly to Mama Lucy’s real-life heartspace – a children’s home in Arusha, Tanzania.
2. Post your special creation to your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. encouraging others to create theirs as well. This is a chance to make a real difference in the world for our next generation.
3. If you’re a Mom, I hope you’ll let those who love you know that this year, you want them to create a heartspace in your honor, too.
Together, we’ll celebrate how grateful we are for remarkable women, like Mama Lucy, who create a better future for all of us by loving, nurturing & educating the world’s children.