Friday, 28 October 2011

Mother's Day Celebration

On October 17th of this year, Somebody Cares put on a Mother’s Day celebration for the mothers of the communities we work in. In Malawi, Mother’s Day is actually a public holiday (which I'm sure many North American moms would appreciate, right?)! The day was full of joy and celebration as the women took part in dramas, choirs, solos, and as they worshipped and danced together.
There were various speakers as well, from the USA and Malawi (SC’s founder and director Theresa Malila, Linda Rinzel from the USA, Karl Mueller from Visionledd USA, Jim and Lynn from the Visionledd USA team, and Father Martin from Malawi).

The speakers focused on women and how they are unique and special, how they fill a special place in the world that men cannot. Father Martin spoke about how women need to be educated, quoting, "If you educate a man you educate an individual; if you educate a woman you educate a nation". The women were told that they have the ability to change their nation, to change their families, and to that they can be a blessing to their husbands and their children.
Both Father Martin and Linda Rinzel also spoke out against violence against women and encouraged women that they can still live abundant lives, no matter what has happened in their life.

The last event of the day was a meal of rice and chicken for the women, which was a definite treat for the average Malawian who generally eats Malawi’s staple of nsima every day. The day ended with hugs, dancing, singing, and smiles. Hopefully these women felt appreciated and valued as they truly are!

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