From Green Right Now Reports
This Mother’s Day you can honor your mom by helping mothers in Haiti, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, the Congo, Afghanistan and about three dozen other countries who face daily challenges to feed and protect themselves and their children.
The International Rescue Committee has set up an online plan where people can “buy” specific items desperately needed by mothers coping with wars, disasters, homelessness, food shortages, unsanitary living conditions and other dangers. Many of these women are vulnerable to exploitation and sexual crimes because they live in war zones or in crowded refugee camps, such as those serving as shelter in Haiti since the 7.0 earthquake devastated that country in January.
The IRC, founded in 1933, provides relief aid in 40 nations. It has developed a set of kits that bundle supplies needed by families, and in many cases women and children specifically, in stressed regions around the world.
Visit the group’s website and you can donate an amount that will buy a specific relief kit, such as:
- A Safe Birthing Kit which includes basic supplies for a sanitary delivery ($24).
- A new coat for a refugee child resettled in the U.S. ($35).
- A farming kit of tools and seeds to help a refugee plant a garden to feed a family ($60).
- Family survival kit for five families, providing cookware and hygiene supplies. ($215)
If you make such a donation this Mother’s Day weekend, through Saturday, the IRC will send an acknowledgment card (online or print) to your mother. (She’ll receive it after the holiday at this point, but we suspect she’ll still be delighted.)
Of course, you can make such a donation any time. The kits are always needed.
To read more about how IRC is reaching out to women in Haiti, see a story by Melissa Winkler, IRC communications director, on Huffington Post.