Today, ten women begin their journey through Kenya with ONE to see what life is like for women and moms living in the developing world. These women, many of which I know, are amazing…they are using social media for good and I am so honored to be partnering with them in their journey.
What is ONE? The organization fights extreme poverty and preventable disease by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures. (from the site)
What will the #ONEMoms do in Africa this week? These women will learn about the challenges of women living in extreme poverty and possible opportunities for change as it relates to girls, women, and moms. They will shadow health care workers, meet with female farmers, visit one of Africa’s largest urban slums and so much more. As Cooper Munroe, co-founder of The Motherhood states, “through our ONE Week community partners and team members, we’ll be able to shine a blazing spotlight on the challenges of extreme poverty and disease and share them back home. We hope to heighten awareness, change understanding and create advocates back home in the US.”
I am so excited for what these women will accomplish this week. I’ll be sharing information about their journey all week long. Will join me as a ONE Mom? It’s not too late!
Here are the women traveling to Kenya this week. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they advocate for the women in Africa.
Karen Walrond, Chookooloonks @Chookooloonks
Amy Graff, BabyCenter/Momformation @babycenter
Jennifer James, The Mom Bloggers Club @mombloggersclub
Cooper Munroe, The Motherhood @coopermunroe
Emily McKhann, The Motherhood @emilymckhann
Lindsay Maines, Rock and Roll Mama @rockandrollmama
Jyl Pattee, Mom It Forward @momitforward
Rachel Fox, Coming Alive @rachelonefox
Shayne Moore, Global Soccer Mom @globalsoccermom
Elisa Morgan, FullFill @fullfillmag
Here is their itinerary for today.
Day 1: Kisumu, Kenya
• Travel with Home-Based Testing Community Health Workers (HIV/AIDS)
• See vaccines at work and meet moms-to-be at Siaya Clinical Research Center (Vaccines/Maternal and Child Health)
Daily Action: Today the bloggers will visit health clinics that receive direct funding from the United States. Sign our petition asking Congress not to cut funding for these effective programs that are saving lives. Then ask 5 friends to do the same: http://act.one.org/sign/protect_fy2012/?rc=onemomspartner
Please know that absolutely no compensation was received for this post. It is an honor for me to partner to help support the #ONEMoms.