With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, we wanted to share this reflection on motherhood and the AIDS pandemic from Ilana Landsberg-Lewis, Executive Director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
For the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Mother’s Day is an authentic day of reflection and solidarity.
In my years with the Foundation, I cannot tell you how often I have gone into my children’s room at night and, while adjusting blankets and stuffed animals, been struck – painfully – by the luck of birth and geography that gives us so much more security. This note from one of projects we work with, mother2mothers, reinforced why Mother’s Day should be every day:
Nokodwa found out she was HIV positive while two-months pregnant with her second child. Like so many mothers across Africa, Nokodwa’s joyful anticipation will forever be bound up with the fear and complication of an HIV diagnosis. Nokodwa found mothers2mothers and became a Mentor Mother, working with other mothers to provide testing, counselling and education about treatment options.
“I love my daughters more than anything in the world and would do anything to keep them safe. I want to make sure they get an education so they can be happy and make their mark in our community. I want to see them have joy and I want to have joy from watching them grow up.”
We ask you to join us this Mother’s Day in imagining a time and a world when HIV-positive pregnant women will have the same access to drugs that we do in Canada. When funerals for young mothers will be rare and exceptional. When the hardships of being a mother will be about the need for ‘personal’ time, and not the worry about the next meal or school fees. When mothers will always be there for their children into their old age. When we have a world free from AIDS.
Your donation is used by grassroots organizations to bring mothers at the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic one step closer to that reality.
Make a donation online and send a personalized e-card with your own special message. Or send a beautiful printed card by calling 1-888-203-9990, ext. 0.
Executive Director, Stephen Lewis Foundation