Food for the Hungry's (FH) mission is to walk alongside the most vulnerable in an effort to eradicate poverty. One way we are pursuing this huge task is by investing into mothers around the world. Volunteer "Leader Mothers" are trained to teach, serve and promote health and wellness to others in their communities, especially pregnant women and mothers with children under the age of two, where the burden of illness is the greatest. The Leader Mothers each train at least 10 women who agree to train 10 more until the knowledge has rippled out to the entire community. One by one, women are recognizing strengths and resources they didn't even know they had.
Who this Helps
Ms. Ines, an elderly mother of five from Greater Lima, is a great example of a Leader Mother. She
organizes her time so well that she can work and take care of her home as well as mentor children from
the community during after-school classes.
“Even though I am an elderly person, being a Leader Mother gives me the opportunity to learn more,” she says.
“I get the satisfaction of supporting the community to change for the better.”
Other amazing results include:
Leader Mothers in Cachiman, Haiti stopped a cholera epidemic in its tracks by training mothers to make oral re-hydration solution and hand-washing stations.
Mothers in Uganda saw the percentage of their children suffering from diarrhea drop from 35% to 3%
after teaching on the impact of consistent hand washing.
20 mothers in Guatemala learned how to make candles and now
have consistent income with which to care for their children.
187 mothers in Ethiopia improved their families' diets
by learning how to preserve maximum nutrients while cooking vegetables.
It's working! Poverty is being overcome by women
who are transforming the health of their homes and communities.
It costs approximately $125 to train one Leader Mother.
Our goal is to train 680 Leader Mothers this year. Will you help us by giving generously today?