Mother’s Day is a bit like Christmas time in terms of the mass solicitations sent out from various NGOs. To be honest, these are perhaps the only mass emails that I don’t mind. And I frankly agree with their general point: what better way to wish your own mother a Happy Mother’s Day than by contributing to another mother in her name? Also on the bright side, many organizations get matching funds during the Mother’s Day fundraising.
Anyway, while I’m certainly a believer that NGOs alone can’t fix these problems, I’m also a huge believer in the good that NGOs do. It’s another way of our pooling our resources (financial, knowledge, political, etc.) together in order to make a much bigger impact than we ever could alone. So for this Mother’s Day, I’m going to highlight some organizations that I consider gift worthy on behalf of my own mother (and yours).
(For the skeptics and for those interested in accountability, you can check out these organizations at places like charitywatch.org where those large/old enough to be ranked all rank very high.)
Catholic Relief Services (here’s my bit of holy envy – how I wish we had the equivalent)
Partners in Health (I’ve mentioned them in past posts, but they’re worth mentioning again – an amazing organization)
Somaly Mam Foundation (works with both the survivors and current victims of sexual trafficking and exploitation, started and ran by a survivor)
Room to Read (committed to increasing literacy and assisting girls to graduate from secondary school in Asia and Africa)
Family Care International (dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safer)
Women for Women International (a long time family favorite)
I’d love to hear from you about organizations – particularly those working to improve women’s lives – that you find worthy.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you, and especially to our Heavenly Mother. May we remember and honor Her in word and in deed.