|Casey Camp and Melinda Kramer at the 2011 Advocacy Training|
As we talked, Casey looked at my pregnant belly and said, “Right now you’re creating a child, and your child is creating you simultaneously. Your baby is creating a mother.” These few words, for me, captured the soul of our work at Women’s Earth Alliance: we recognize that our lives are inseparable from one another and that only in connection with and service to others can we reach our fullest potential and offer our greatest gifts. Casey’s comment echoed the South African term “Ubuntu”, which loosely translated means, “I am because you are.” This wisdom reminds us that we are inextricably linked. Our choices and experiences, our triumphs and pain are bound together in a web of reciprocity.
|2011 GEAG/WEA India Women, Food and Climate Change Training|
At WEA, Mother’s Day is a moment in time to honor the work of mothers and community caregivers around the world – women who are mothering children and mothering movements; birthing babies and birthing transformation in their communities. WEA partners with fierce women leaders and groups who step forward to demand clean water and healthy food, who are determined to protect ancestral homelands, and who design solutions to counter the environmental destruction we all face.
Today, as I reflect on my journey of motherhood and at WEA, I appreciate once again the truth of Casey Camp’s statement. I am humbled by the teachings my child has already bestowed on me: patience, presence, endurance, compassion. And I am proud to stand in solidarity with women worldwide, who are doing the essential work of mothering – for their own families and for other families; for their homes and communities; and for the Earth.
Learn more about Women's Earth Alliance or send a special card to a mother for Mother's Day!
|2011 GWWI East African Women and Water Training|