|Mothers for All – no child left alone|
Mothers for All, an organisation which started in Botswana and recently expanded to South Africa, believes every child should have a mother. The organisation trains and supports the caregivers of AIDS orphans and vulnerable children, as this has been found to be the most sustainable way to help these children. It is also a way of helping to ensure that no child grows up without a mother figure.
The ‘Mothers’ are trained in income-generating skills as well as HIV and AIDS awareness, nutrition, environmental awareness, permaculture and financial management. The main income generation projects revolve around recycling waste paper, which forms 40% of our society’s waste in rubbish and is a significant source of methane production and therefore global warming.
The Mothers collect old magazines, newspapers, adverts, posters, calendars and packaging boxes and cut and roll them into beautiful paper beads. These are then dipped in an environmentally friendly varnish and either sold loose or made up into a range of items such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, bookmarks, glasses strands and key rings. The transformation of society’s waste into articles of beauty and desirability mirrors the transformation in the Mothers as they change from being unemployed, destitute and without hope to being empowered, earning a living wage and with hope for a brighter future for themselves and their young charges.
It is the mission of Mothers for All to unite mothers around the world to help support these brave mothers who are helping to ensure that no child gets left alone. Currently the organisation has 17 groups of six women each and is therefore indirectly reaching over 300 vulnerable children. A regular income for our Mothers means that there are regular meals on the table and the children are able to stay in school and have the chance of a more promising life. Mothers in many different countries are helping by buying their products, supporting the training of new groups and organising fundraising events to promote the organisation.
Read more about Mothers for All or contact the organisation via email email@example.com or telephone +27 83 458 5555 or +27 21 762 9032.