May 7 2014

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Unbound

Celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 11, with a photo of your mom on Twitter and Instagram!

Every Monday on Instagram, we celebrate mothers of sponsored children and their efforts to create a better life for their families. Our #MotherMonday hashtag game shows the faces of mothers around the world, and we want you to add to our collage.

Post a photo of your mom or a photo of you with your mom, tag @Unboundorg and use the hashtag #MotherMonday.

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May 7 2013

When are all the Mother’s Day celebrations around the world?

Maria Luisa with her daughter Gabriela, a sponsored child in Bolivia.

Maria Luisa with her daughter Gabriela, a sponsored child in Bolivia.

Happy Mother’s Day! Well, depending on where you are that is. Find out the different days Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world.

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May 10 2010

The wisdom of mothers

We believe in the wisdom of mothers.

That’s a powerful statement, but one that we believe wholeheartedly. Mothers know what’s best for their families, and we are here to help support them in their determination to provide a better life for their children. One way we support them is through mothers groups.

The idea of mothers groups began in the Hyderabad, India, project. (For more information about mothers groups, watch these videos.) Mothers groups have since spread to our projects in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Africa. The women are proving themselves capable, successful and supportive. They are wonderful role models for their young children.

On today, International Mothers Day, we want to highlight the accomplishments of some of the women in the St. Anthony mothers group. Head over to our Facebook page to see photos and read more about their success.

Members of the St. Anthony mothers group

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May 8 2009

Reflections from a new mom

By Kristin Littrell, communications department

A month before I found out I was pregnant, I traveled to Guatemala to see CFCA’s work there. A home I visited has frequently returned to my mind since having my baby girl late last year.

We visited a sweet mother with a few children. She was cradling an infant, probably about 6 months old – the same age my little girl is now.

Her home was made of tin walls, a dirt floor and a tin roof. It was situated at the top of a very steep hill, in a neighborhood built in an area few people would want to live in because of fear of mudslides.

As I walked into her house, I noticed a couple of make-shift beds and a table. The air in the house was so hot and stifling ñ the tin just held the heat in. Hanging from the ceiling was this:

Baby bed

I asked the mother what it was used for. She told me that it was the babyís bed.

I remember being surprised at the time, thinking that few in America would allow their child to sleep there. But this mom didnít have another option, and she was doing the best thing possible for her baby.

Later, I returned home to the U.S., quickly found out I was expecting, and began the craziness that is American baby registries, birth classes, showers and more.

There were many times during my pregnancy that I would think back to families with young children I met in Guatemala. One night in my ninth month of pregnancy, as I sat in our decorated nursery dreaming about when our little girl would arrive, I pulled the picture of that motherís home up on my computer.

And for a few minutes, I couldn’t speak.

Sometimes the vast differences between my life here and my friendsí lives in countries like Guatemala are hard to process. Itís hard to make sense of the disparities.

In that moment, this prayer was on my lips:

I am once again humbled and beyond grateful for the many blessings we have in life.
Jesus, keep me from wanting more, when so many of your children have so much less.

Give me perspective. Donít let me forget.
Weave simplicity and abundant generosity into the fabric of our family.

This Mothers Day, Iíll be thinking about that mom in Guatemala, and the many strong women around the world weíre privileged to work with at CFCA. I stand in awe of these women.

And as I rock my little girl to sleep, Iíll tell her stories of these friends around the world and pray that someday she gets to meet them, too. And when she meets them, I pray sheís compelled to partner with them as they build a better life for their children.

This Mother’s Day, honor your mother and partner with CFCA to help other mothers build a better life for their children.

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