This Mother's Day we celebrate 2 billion moms worldwide and all of the women who nurture, love, protect, and care for children.  

With 4.3 births every second (UNICEF), the health, safety and well-being of women is critical in order to raise healthy children.

Women and girls in developing countries are often subjected to poverty and oppression as a result of traditional practices and worldviews that are harmful to their gender.  Learn more about how World Vision is tackling poverty in communities where women and girls struggle most. 

When women are empowered their children, families and communities thrive.  Happy Mother's Day to all of the strong women who are creating a stronger world. 

With gratefulness for your partnership,

The Strong Women Strong World Team

Sherrie and Leila
The Gift A Mother and Daughter Shared

After a robust twenty-six year career in the IT industry, Sherrie Woodring was exhausted from the demands of corporate America. Then, when her mother, Leila, suffered a severe stroke requiring full-time care, she moved in with Sherrie. Though the new journey was radically different than what Sherrie had accomplished professionally, the two discovered an unexpected satisfaction in their new life together.

Sherrie had been sponsoring children through World Vision: first one, then three, then six. The faithful pen pal began to notice how her mother responded to the children. Although Leila’s cognitive skills were limited, she connected with the children, especially in the photos with their mothers. Leila would ask questions about the involvement of the fathers and what life was like for many of these single mothers.

GAFCo farmer sorting beans

Leila’s interest wasn’t theoretical. At the age of twenty-four, without a high school degree, she’d become a single mother to her own four children. So seeing these mothers struggle to provide for their children, in Tanzania and other countries around the globe, broke her heart. Sherrie, the consummate businesswoman, knew they could do more.

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Advocate for Healthy Kids This Mother's Day

The Reach Every Mother and Child Act aims to improve the lives of mothers and children globally. If passed, this bill will require the United States to develop a global strategy to end the preventable deaths of mothers and children. Ambitious goals to prevent the deaths of the 15,000 children who die each day will be set and tracked and the United States will work with other governments, international organizations, and faith-based organizations to implement interventions that we know work.

Take action now, and tell your mom that because she cared for you, you can now speak out on behalf of others.

Take Action

  • Engage your networks on these important issues:

    - July 30: World Day Against Human Trafficking
    - October 11: Int'l Day of the Girl
    - November 25: Int'l Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
    - December 1: World AIDS Day 
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