The Mothers’ Day Movement began with a small group of women who were inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. After learning how much was spent annually in the United States on Mother’s Day celebrations for items like flowers, cards and meals, they were astonished. They founded the Mothers’ Day Movement to encourage all of us to rethink our giving priorities each Mother’s Day, and to move the apostrophe to make the day a Mothers’ Day, which honors all mothers. Every year, a different organization is selected and featured as the recipient of that year’s charitable giving campaign, and Fistula Foundation was honored to be selected as the featured nonprofit of 2013.
As a result of their tireless fundraising efforts – and the generosity of donors like you – the Mothers’ Day Movement was able to raise $60,000 throughout the month of May. All funds raised through their campaign support the work of expert fistula surgeon, Dr. Steve Arrowsmith, in training fistula surgeons to complete advanced cases of fistula repair. By working directly with Fistula Foundation partners and their in-house surgeons, Dr. Arrowsmith will help build critical skills – and even more importantly, help expand the field so more qualified surgeons are able to conduct repairs, reducing the waiting period for women who need treatment.
This article appeared in Fistula Foundation’s Summer 2013 newsletter. View the entire newsletter here.