New Partner Announcement – Super Stars Literacy

Education is the key to a better, more fulfilling life. The more you know, the more you grow.

I am thrilled to partner with Super Stars Literacy, a California-based literacy and education program created in 2002 by the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay, Inc. (JLOEB), an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Because a child’s early literacy skills are a strong predictor of their later academic achievement, Super Stars Literacy provides at-risk kindergarten through 2nd grade students with daily, after-school literacy instruction which enables them to reach grade-level reading ability by the end of 2nd grade. SSL currently serves 420 students at nine high-poverty East San Francisco Bay Area elementary schools, and is expanding to serve 2500 students per year by 2015.

Watch the Super Stars Literacy Video

New Media Partner Announcement – Latina Bloggers Connect

I am thrilled to announce that Mom Bloggers for Social Good has partnered with Latina Bloggers Connect to further spread the message of our partners to an active, growing, and supportive niche within the mom blogging community. Founded by Ana Flores in 2010, Latina Bloggers Connect  is the oldest brand/blogger network specifically for Latina bloggers.

Working with Latina Bloggers Connect in an organic and authentic way will help us reach a wider audience and spread the message of Mom Bloggers for Social Good’s partners to a more diverse demographic of moms.

Why We Should All Care About #Hunger.

Today high level talks took place at the World Food Programme’s Rome headquarters. Why? The Sahel region in western Africa is in dire threat of experiencing famine just like we are currently seeing in the Horn of Africa. Aid and humanitarian agencies are coming together to ensure they are ready for the impending food shortages that are being caused by food inflation costs, drought, conflict, and displacement.

Our friends at the World Food Programme are not only working to prevent hunger on the high level, but they are also on the ground feeding those in need of food, and are educating the masses about how important it is to ensure everyone has enough food to eat, no matter where a person lives on earth.

The World Food Programme is looking for a passionate supporter to highlight in their March newsletter that is sent to nearly a million people worldwide.

Take a few minutes and upload a video online telling the World Food Programme why you’re fighting hunger, and then share your link. If you would like to write a post instead, you can post a message here.

Be sure to upload your video or post your message by February 20 to be considered.

The Worldwide Fistula Fund Opens Fistula Center in Niger

Our newest partner, the Worldwide Fistula Fund, celebrated the opening of the Danja Fistula Center, its first freestanding fistula center last Saturday, February 11, 2012. A state-of-the-art fistula hospital in Niger, the Danja Fistula Center will provide free obstetric fistula surgeries, prevention programming and aftercare for women afflicted by this condition.

Founded in 1995, the Worldwide Fistula Fund is a not-for-profit public charity that provides medical treatment for women suffering from obstetric fistula in sub-Saharan Africa.

“The goal of the Worldwide Fistula Fund was to always create a freestanding fistula center and use it as a model center that can be replicated,” said Bree Neely, Director of Development for the Worldwide Fistula Fund. “If you can do it in a desolate area you have figured out the challenges and then can move on to create more hospitals in more populated areas.”

With the highest rate of maternal mortality Niger is in desperate need of services that will keep mothers and their newborns alive. “We will be doing prevention outreach within a 50 kilometer catch net,” Neely mentioned.  “We will spread the message to women that if the sun rises two times during their labor then they need to go to the hospital. We will be working on this from a prevention angle.”

The Danja Fistula Center will be open year round save for April through May, the hot season. All services are free for the women. In the first year there will be 400 fistula operations and then will gradually ramp up to 1100 surgeries annually.

In addition to performing fistula operations, the Worldwide Fistula Fund will also create curriculum for a social reintegration program. The program will teach women how to read and will also provide micro-financing opportunities.

“Most women who have fistulas have been left by their families,” said Neely. “They are full of shame, embarrassments and have no resources. It’s really our responsibility to not just sew up their fistula, but there is a broader responsibility to see if they are OK and can build a life for themselves.”

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