Yesterday in my daughter’s backyard we celebrated Mother’s Day. Hanging out under her hawthorn tree, iced drink in hand, listening to jazz tunes in the background, I felt richly blessed and grateful.
Not all women have children and therefore not technically mothers, and may not have their own family. For that reason, Mother’s Day is awkward and sometimes a sad day. But mothers or not, a l l women should be valued, for they are all made in God’s image.
That image of God’s likeness in the beauty of women is often lost in the chaos and destruction of life. Sin and disease, heartbreaking poverty and inadequate care all play a part in that loss. But there is hope to be found in the work of three non-profits championing the worth of women and families.
- Lulu Tree–Founder Emily W.–Uganda and Sierra Leone, Africa
The Lulu Tree’s mission is to prevent tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s families through the local church. This is accomplished by partnering with pastors so that they can care for their own families and their church families.
The church can then equip villages by providing community training including soap-making lessons, prayer clinics and community clean-ups, and health, hygiene and nutrition classes. Individual families can then be helped through micro loans, business training, and educational assistance.
The most vulnerable are protected when communities are equipped to care for their own, in the name of Christ. Strong families with roots in the local church form the foundation for thriving, happy children.
2. Mary’s Song Restoration Center for Women–New Orleans (founder Parris Bailey)
Mary’s Song Restoration Center for Women is a rehabilitation program that offers an opportunity for women to permanently change lives by Power of God. Mary’s Song is located in Metairie, Louisiana and is an exclusive faith based drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.
From their website: We specialize in the treatment of women ages 18 to 55 that struggle with substance abuse, alcohol addictions, and/or with other life controlling problems.
Mary’s Song provides a multi-faceted and personal alternative to standard free drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. Housing 12 women during the first four phases of the program and only 4 in the fifth phase enables us to provide a home-like atmosphere with ample access to Pastoral counselors.
Mary’s Song is focused on individual attention, personal relationships, and the care of the whole woman, including:
- Abstinence-based treatment
- A total-wellness focus that includes nutrition and fitness
- Celebrate recovery 12-step faith based program
- Weekly individual therapy sessions
- Weekly group therapy sessions
- Completion of GED
- Exercise and Nutrition Classes
For more information about supporting Mary’s Song through purchasing their organic skin care products, click HERE.
3) Sew Powerful- Seattle, WA (founders Jason and Cinnamon Miles)
Sew Powerful started by my friends Jason and Cinnamon Miles. It has been a privilege and a joy to partner with them in their work. If you are a seamstress and want to contribute to their purse making program, click HERE.
Sew Powerful’s mission (from their website):
“We exist to combat extreme poverty in a very challenging place called Ngombe Compound in Lusaka Zambia. We do that by equipping community members with jobs as well as training, tools, and technical skills to make what we call “Purposeful Products”. Products that can bless local children and empower their academic success. Our current Purposeful Products include school uniforms, reusable feminine hygiene pads, food, and soap. Our overhead rate in 2017 was 1.35% and in 2016, it was less than 4%. When you give financially – you are helping create jobs and empower academic achievement – two powerful ingredients for combating extreme poverty. Learn more about our mission.”
There is so much joy in the world and beautiful work being done to help
women and children all over the world.
I hope you’ll consider what y o u might do to help–and now you’ll know where to start.