“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” Elizabeth Stone
Like all mothers, I spend a good chunk of time worrying about my child. I am full of questions. There are the everyday ones like
- Is it alright for him to eat conventionally grown strawberries?
- He has only eaten granola bars and apples for the past two days, is he getting enough nutrients and calories?
- He probably won't get sick from drinking his dirty bathwater, right?
- Has that soy milk he is drinking been open for more than two weeks?
But, unlike millions of mothers around the world, I never ever have to ask the questions
- Will he starve to death?
- Will he contract cholera from this water?
On this Mother's Day, please consider making a donation to help end global poverty. Oxfam, Care, WorldVision, and many other charities are actively making a difference in communities around the world. Also, please write to your senators and congressman to ask them to support the Global Poverty Act of 2007 (S. 2433) which would require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.
Together, we can make a difference. And perhaps, someday, we will be able to answer the following questions in the affirmative
- Will we leave a better world for our children?
- Can we end poverty worldwide in our lifetime?