Ever since sitting Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza said he would seek a third term despite it being unconstitutional, there has a been mass exodus of Burundians into the hills and surrounding countries due to the country’s infighting. Today a countrywide election took place even though the youthful opposition vehemently protested against a presidential election. Explosions, gun fire and deaths have plagued the landlocked country.
Even through these contentious times, artisans from All Across Africa have continued to make wares in order to sustain their livelihoods. “We faced the choice between giving up and abandoning a large team and hundreds of artisans and their families or to soldier on,” said Manuela Kuehr, All Across Africa Burundi country director. “The choice is not easy, especially since we do not know what the security
situation looks like until we wake up every morning and there is a constant danger of “something happening”. May this be a grenade attack or fighting.”
All Across Africa’s weavers, with the help of the United Nations Development Program, have pleaded to continue working even amid the political tension and violence. They have created bracelets that say “handwoven with love”. These bracelets are literally sustaining households with income. A set of three costs $26.
We always maintain that having a community of socially-minded mom bloggers is the key to informing everyday people about critical global issues that they may otherwise not know about. That is important to us. Our members do this primarily through their social engagement with their followers and readers as well as through blogging. See our weekly report in real time.
This week we spread awareness about Save the Children’s #GetReady campaign, SOS Children’s USA’s push to help Syria’s children, Tim Matsui’s continued work to bring awareness to sex trafficking and Pangea’s new Social Good webinars.
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This year marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Did you know that Katrina led to 5,000 reported missing children and it took seven months to connect the last child with her parents?
This summer, during the height of the hurricane season Save the Children wants parents and their children to be prepared should disaster strike again. Save the Children is imploring parents to make sure their children have an emergency contact card with not only information for local family, but also family who live out of town. This is critically important because during disasters local networks and telephones lines are usually down. Being able to call family who are not affected by a storm is important to connect children back to families.
Make your emergency contact form for free at www.savethechildren.org/Connect.
The idea behind Social Good Moms from day one has been to rally a community ofconscious bloggers who believe in using social media and blogging to spread awareness about the most pressing global issues, especially those that affect women, children, and families in a sustainable way. And beyond that it has always been important to scale our efforts as a community of committed mothers to reach as many as we can through the power of the Web.
Starting today, we will put together impact reports that show our progress periodically to gauge how far we’ve come, how far we can go, and to also encourage more mothers to join us in our social good efforts.
Continue reading Social Good Moms Impact Report: March 30 – April 5