The Common Good

Ethiopia: The Power of Mom

by Cathleen Falsani

Some of the mothers and "peer mothers" from Mary Joy. Some of the mothers and "peer mothers" from Mary Joy. ONE Mom Maya Haile SamuelssonONE Mom Aasha Dornfest of Parenthacks.com listens to a speaker at Mary Joy. ONE Mom Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks.com, staff photographer for the Ethiopia trip at Mary Joy. One of the mamas from Mary JoyONE Mom Kelly Wickham, a junior high school principal from Springfield, Ill., and bloggerina of Mochamomma.com, dances with the kids at Mary Joy. Two of the mothers from Mary Joy. Some of the mothers and "peer mothers" from Mary Joy. A Mary Joy mother.A Mary Joy mother. A Mary Joy mother.ONE Mom Maya Haile Samuelsson holds one of the 10 children she sponsors through Mary Joy. Mary Joy Executive Director Zebider ZewdieGinny Wolfe, director of strategic relationships for the ONE Campaign chats with one of the Mary Joy children. ONE Mom Jennifer Howze shows Mary Joy moms and kids photos on her smartphone.A young Mary Joy mother with her child snuggled against her back. ONE Mom Liz Gumbinner, editor-in-chief of CoolMomPicks.com, dances with Mary Joy kids. ONE Moms Kelly Wickham and Maya Haile Samuelsson dance with some of the moms and kids from Mary Joy. ONE Mom Jennifer Howze, co-founder of BritMums.comOne of the Mary Joy mother/grandmothers.   ONE Moms is a movement of moms everywhere using their extraordinary power to spread awareness for the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease. These moms are leading a movement to promote education, engagement and activism on behalf of the world's poorest. ONE Moms Liz Gumbinner and Christine Koh with some of the mamas and kids from Mary Joy.One of the Mary Joy mothers. ONE Mom Christine Koh, of BostonMamas.com, is a music and brain scientist turned writer, editor, and designer holds one of the Mary Joy girls.

ONE Moms is a movement of moms everywhere using their extraordinary power to spread awareness for the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease. These moms are leading a movement to promote education, engagement and activism on behalf of the world's poorest.

All photos by Cathleen Falsani for Sojourners.