15 do-gooder actions you can take to support global moms on Mother’s Day

In case you’ve forgotten… Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Why not use this year’s Mother’s Day as your big chance to honor mothers all around the world?

Dozens of our partner organizations, including (RED), Every Mother Counts and Shot@Life, are mobilizing around the special day to raise awareness around women’s issues. Take a minute to check out our roundup and take action on behalf of moms everywhere. Oh, and don’t forget to send your mom a card and flowers too (if you need ideas check out our handy fair trade gift guide here).

1. The sweetest stories on activism & motherhood… with a foodie twist!
Future Fortified has a touching blog series on the links between global nutrition and motherhood, from foodie guest writers like Iron Chef America and cookbook author Candice Kumai and Chef Rock Harper of DC Central Kitchen.

2. Watch our ONE Moms video… and sign up to become a ONE Mom.  
Some of our ONE Mom bloggers visited Ethiopia last year, and it changed their lives forever, cementing them as committed activists. Watch the video here:

3. Know the 3 causes of maternal and child malnutrition… in 30 seconds
Don’t miss this great infographic on the causes of maternal and child malnutrition from our friends at Thousand Days.

4. Send a flower… with some serious power.
Is it too late to send a bouquet? Plant a virtual flower for your mom, grandmother, sister, daughter or friend with our partners at EngenderHealth. For each flower planted before May 12, a generous donor will give $5 to EngenderHealth to improve maternal health around the world.

5. Give a child a lifetime of immunity… yes, you read that right!
Shot@Life is aiming to raise $20,000 by Mother’s Day to protect even more children in developing countries from deadly, preventable diseases. For just a $20 donation you can give a child a lifetime immunity against pneumonia, diarrhea, polio and measles.

6. Shopping never felt so good!
Still need a last minute gift for this Mother’s Day? Why not give (RED)? As well as saying thanks to your mom, you’ll also be helping moms in Africa. Buy (RED), Save Lives.

7. Give the gift of land
 Through a donation to Landesa for Mother’s Day, you can help secure land rights for the world’s poorest people. Your gift in her name will give mothers around the world a powerful tool they can use to provide for their families – land.

8. Not your average Mother’s Day present…
 Head over to UNICEF and give unique and lifesaving gifts like a child survival food pack or a safe birthing kit that bring comfort and hope to mothers and children around the world.

9. Why give a sweater when you can give a pair of chickens?
Oxfam has some hilarious and clever cards to send to Moms. Each card is accompanied with a donation for a family in need, like a pair of chickens, a goat, or safe water. We think it’s the perfect combination of humor and heartfelt for Mother’s Day.

10. Find a pen pal.
How many women can we help this Mother’s Day? Head over to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to find out. You can send a message of hope to a mother and then read Miriam Chakaipa’s open letter to mothers who have faced the stigma of being HIV-positive and pregnant, as she has.

11. Gaming for good.
Just feel like playing a game? Spend some time playing Half the Sky’s adventure game on Facebook to raise awareness and funds to empower women and girls around the world.

12. Help Genet, a former sex worker in Ethiopia, live a clean life by buying her scarf.
When you buy this fashionABLE scarf, you’re creating job opportunities for former sex workers in Ethiopia. This scarf, named after Genet, is our exclusive Mother’s Day scarf.

And 13, 14, 15: check out Every Mother Counts on Pinterest to see their awesome Mother’s Day board, watch Save the Children’s heartwarming video of mother’s reflecting on love at first sight of their newborns, and share this beautiful graphic from PATH (save to your desktop then share).

PATH Mother's Day

Are there any other actions from the NGO community that we may have missed? Share with us in a comment below!