Where would we be without mums? Wherever you are in the world, May 8 is all about thanking the important women in our lives. In the lead up to this Mother’s Day, we wanted to introduce you to one incredible woman we met in Southern Uganda.
Like all Mums, Fridah has her hands full with three young children - and in this photo she had a new baby on the way. When we visited her home in remote Southern Uganda, Fridah welcomed us in with an enormous grin and made us feel right at home.
She spoke to us about how one of her daughters is not hers biologically, but that a few years ago a family member was facing a difficult situation and the little girl needed care. Fridah took her in and now, like all her children, she attends school daily.
Fridah is passionate about the importance of education and sees this as a way to ensure a brighter future for her family. She has three girls and she hopes that they grow up to be successful doctors and nurses. Fridah earns an income as a tailor, making clothing for others in her community. She was working from home when we met her, but saving to be able to get a store in the local trading centre.
We find her determination, generosity and love for her family inspiring! And what does Fridah believe is the best thing about being a mum? ”There is a sense of joy about giving birth. Even when it is hard, seeing the baby is the best feeling you can have. It is my job to take care of them now, in the future I hope they will also take care of me.”
This Mothers Day, purchase a gift that counts – proceeds raised through the sale of all Cotton On Foundation Mothers Day products help build healthy and sustainable futures for communities around the world.
In 2015, we supported the following projects and activities focused on women and their families:
- 1333 pregnant women received antenatal care (calendar year 2015, COF Field Report)
- There were 367 supervised births at the Mannya Health Care centre (calendar year 2015, COF Field Report)
- Over 1900 women took part in our Nutrition Mission program to improve community health and help eradicate malnutrition
- 13,837 people received health care through our health clinics in Southern Uganda
These are not just gifts to celebrate and thank your own mum, but also help to empower other inspiring women.
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