We have always said that the greater our numbers the greater our impact! As the Social Good Moms community continues to grow the more good we can do collectively to spread the word about important issues like world and domestic hunger, maternal health and mortality, newborn health, HIV/AIDS and its opportunistic infections, malaria, water and sanitation and a whole host of global health and development issues.
This Sunday, Social Good Mom and Global Team of 200 member, Jennifer Barbour, will join WaterAid America on a trip to Nicaragua to see WaterAid’s WASH programs on the ground. Their itinerary is packed from Monday – Friday. While in Nicaragua Jennifer Barbour will be detailing all that she observes and how WASH programs benefit women and girls and entire communities. She will be updating her blog, Tumblog, and social media and using the #WaterAidNica hashtag.
We are excited to follow her journey and share her work. On Friday, March 21 from 1 – 2 PM EST we will join Jennifer and WaterAid America for a chat discussing Jennifer’s trip in Nicaragua. Join us on Friday, March 21. Feel free to ask any questions you might have. You can tweet them to us already at @socialgoodmoms using #WaterAidNica.
Last Friday we hosted a Twitter chat about women and girls with Global Impact, World Vision, Plan International, ICRW and CARE. It was a robust discussion about women and girls for an entire hour that trended nationwide for 55 minutes with nearly 400 participants ahead of International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 8.
We want to thank everyone who took part in the discussion to raise your voices for women and girls everywhere. We especially loved that men chimed in about how they can be key catalysts to quicken the progress of women and girls globally.
Thank you for joining us. We are creating a Storify of the event and will tweet it once it is live. We have many important tweets to choose from.
Featured Photo Courtesy of Plan
2013 flew by. It flew by so fast that it’s a little difficult to remember the greatest moments of 2013. There really were a lot of them. That said, here are some of the top Social Good Moms’ moments of 2013. We are excited about the new year and everything we will accomplish together for good in 2014.
1. 2013 saw the first insight trips for Social Good Moms members. In May Nicole Melancon travelled to Delhi, India and reported about global health and development after visiting our partners Save the Children, WaterAid, and Pratham. We also visited an amazing organization, Protsahan, that helps street-affected girls in Delhi’s slums. In October Elizabeth Atalay reported from South Africa about women helping women in South Africa as well as global health. And, finally in December Stacey Weckstein reported from Indonesia with Save the Children’s Every Beat Matters’ team about frontline health workers.
2. Melinda Gates bestowed kind words to the team via Twitter and also gave us a shout-out in her Blogher video. We will always be extremely grateful for the vote of confidence.
Melinda Gates (@melindagates) October 17, 2013
Melinda Gates (@melindagates) April 15, 2013
3. We reached 2000 members this year. The greater our numbers the greater our impact!
4. Social Good Moms met Save the Children’s President and CEO, Carolyn Miles, at the We Can Be Heroes event in New York City. Social Good Moms members also got the opportunity to meet with Save the Children during the Blogher conference in Chicago.
5. We collaborated with the Gates Foundation and Gates Senior Fellow, Dr. Gary Darmstadt, on spreading critical information about newborn health via blog posts, several Youtube videos featuring our members’ birth stories as well as during a Twitter chat that trended nationally.
6. Our most dedicated members of the Global Team of 200 wrote hundreds upon hundreds of posts for social good all chronicled on our Tumblr blogs: Global Team of 200, Advocating for the First Hour, Celebrating World Water Day, Advocating for Newborn Health, and Haikus for Newborns.
7. To round out our global health and development coverage I reported on HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, food insecurity and poverty as both an International Reporting Project Zambia and Tanzania fellow. I was also invited to cover the Power of One campaign with Malaria No More in October.
8. We received fantastic press coverage including being featured twice in Forbes and in Philanthropy.
With a network established over a decade of child-rearing, finance, health and nutrition careers and all the gear tahat goes into family life these days, mom bloggers are increasingly active in supporting charity, raising money and organizing around social causes – Tom Watson, Forbes
9. We published a report in February 2013 about Moms and Social Giving. Read the results and see the infographic.
10. We brought on amazing new NGOs and nonprofit partners this year including Kangu, WaterAid, Marie Stopes International, Oxfam, and Jhpiego.
11. We partnered with Save the Children on a highly impactful 24 hour breastfeeding campaign where we shared stories, videos, and tweets about Save the Children’s report on the critical importance of breastfeeding in the first hour after birth.
A few fun facts: most people come to our site searching for family planning information and resources. We were able to increase our readership this year by 20%. Our most read article was HBO Presents New Documentary About Poverty: American Winter.
We had a fantastic 2013 and can’t wait to get to work this year.
We are always thrilled to work with some of the best NGOs and nonprofits in the world. Today, we are announcing our newest partnerships with Oxfam America and Kangu. We look forward to working with Kangu to spread the word about maternal health and healthy pregnancies in developing countries in both Africa and Asia. And we look forward to working with Oxfam America to raise awareness about food security, poverty, hunger and injustice.
Join us in welcoming them to our community of committed moms around the world who believe in using their voices as catalysts for good.
We are happy to announce that we have partnered with Marie Stopes, one of the leading global organizations that works for reproductive healthcare for all.
Marie Stopes International (MSI) is an international non-profit organization that provides quality family planning and reproductive healthcare to the poorest and most vulnerable individuals across 42 countries. Their mission is to provide individuals with a choice: the choice of when and whether to have children, the choice of what type of family planning methods to use, and the choice of where and how to access these services.
We look forward to working with their US team to advocate for reproductive healthcare for some of the world’s most marginalized women and men.
Photo: Marie Stopes
From mid July through the end of the month I traveled throughout Zambia covering stories about HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria with the International Reporting Project as an IRP Zambia Fellow. I joined nine other new media journalists who put a new spin on traditional reporting of these infectious diseases. You can read my published pieces so far below and see some of my photos from the trip. All of the trip photos have been captioned if you would like to learn more about a specific one.
- Why Zambian Chief Mumena Now Advocates for Male Circumcision
- Living and Thriving With HIV/AIDS
- Young Zambian Women and Their Fight Against HIV/AIDS
- Fountain of Hope Strengthens Young Street Kids in Lusaka
- Lusaka’s Love Games Tackles Sex, Love, and HIV
- Feeding Malnourished Children in Macha, Zambia #ZambiaHealth
- Sanitation Wisdom from a Zambian Chief
The largest women’s blogging conference, Blogher, just wrapped last weekend and we were there to join our friends at Save the Children for an intimate dinner at Phil Stefani’s in Chicago to discuss the lifesaving and uplifting work they do around the world for women, children, and families. I also spoke at the dinner and shared photos and experiences I have had visiting Save the Children sites in Ethiopia, India, and Zambia.
While the photo above doesn’t show everyone who attended the dinner several members of the Global Team of 200 including Nicole Melancon, Jennifer Barbour, Amanda Moutaki, Stacey Weckstein, and Kristine Brite (not in photo) were there. Also in photo: Tanya Weinberg and Phil Carroll of Save the Children.
Additionally, in a video address to BlogHer, Melinda Gates urged women bloggers to use their influence for good. In that address Gates mentioned Mom Bloggers for Social Good and the work we’ve done this year to spread the word about newborn health. That was a nice surprise indeed!
Thank you, Melinda Gates, for recognizing our community and the work we do for mothers and babies.
We are really thrilled to announce our newest partner: PSI!
PSI is a global health organization dedicated to improving the health of people in the developing world by focusing on serious challenges like a lack of family planning, HIV and AIDS, barriers to maternal health, and the greatest threats to children under five, including malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition.
In fact, while I was in Zambia this month I saw many clinics in the country where PSI has a presence including a male circumcision clinic in Livingston.
A hallmark of PSI is a commitment to the principle that health services and products are most effective when they are accompanied by robust communications and distribution efforts that help ensure wide acceptance and proper use.
We look forward to working with PSI to spread the word about their great work around the world.
Connect with PSI:
Want to learn more? Send them an email: jkalungara-at psi-dot-org
Today is a great day!
The Mom Bloggers for Social Good community just surpassed 2000 members!
I have always said that the greater our numbers the greater our impact! As the Social Good Moms community continues to grows the more good we can do collectively to spread the word about important issues like world and domestic hunger, maternal health and mortality, newborn health, HIV/AIDS and its opportunistic infections, malaria, water and sanitation and a whole host of global health and development issues.
With over 2000 moms who blog we can increasingly spread awareness about the world’s greatest problems and provide several digital access points where savvy online moms can use social media for good in the ways that work best for them from sending quick tweets, Facebook posts, or blogging about critical global health issues, joining robust Twitter chats, pinning infographics, or joining campaigns on the ground here in the US and abroad.
Not yet two-years-old our community of Social Good Moms continues to grow and expand around the world and spread the word about our key partners through the web.
Thank you for being a Social Good Mom and if you would like to join us visit us here.