Sunday, May 12, 2013

Quote of the Day:   “Be a Mother who is committed to loving her children into standing on higher ground than the enviroment surrounding them. Mothers are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love on the face of the earth.” ― Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Today is Mother's Day in the U.S., and, I suppose, in several other countries as well.  It is not a holiday that is celebrated here in Tanzania although they do have an official Father's Day but not in June and not widely celebrated.  Mothers are the glue that hold Tanzanian society together and certainly the glue that holds each family together.  The good ones, and they are the vast majority, deserve to be applauded and honored.  It is be educating the mothers and the daughters (mothers-to-be) that we can change the plight of developing nations.  Every time we hold a sanitation and hygiene workshop and demonstrate how to rehydrate a baby with diarrhea, at least one mother comes up to us at the end of the workshop to say that we have just saved a baby's life.  The common thought here is that if a baby has diarrhea, you stop giving it food and water, so the baby dies in about two days.  We teach them how to rehydrate using salt, water, and sugar in quantities that they can measure with their fingers (few have spoons or other utensils).  In most countries, you can buy this ready-made at any drug store, but not here and even if it was available the price would be prohibitive.  Also, by giving each woman graduate of our sanitation and hygiene workshops a pre-treated mosquito net (good for five years), we save the life of another mother or baby or both.  Keeping them alive, giving them the Good News, and educating the girls will go a long way toward making a true "mother's day" here in Tanzania.  The day that the mother becomes the source of nurture, spiritual truth, and demonstrable courage for all is the day that will change the world of the developing world.

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