Global Team of 200

Global Team of 200 is a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.

Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.

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The news is better than you think. For example, did you know how effective health education initiatives have been in Africa? Successful enough that since 1960, the life span of African women has increased from 41 years of age to 57 and that is despite the AIDS epidemic. If you took AIDS off the table, the average highest age would be 61. Now, lest you think I’m sugar coating, there is still a very real AIDS epidemic and many problems with womens’ and childrens’ health in Africa. But there has also been progress made thanks to foreign aid. In addition, the number of kids in schools since 1970 has risen from around 40% to 75% in Africa. People are healthier and more well educated now than ever before. That sounds like success to me. (via Annual Gates Letter: Busting Myths That Impede Improving Poverty | The Right Hand Mom)

Globally, the percentage of very poor has dropped by more than 1/2 since 1990. That’s pretty incredible when you stop to think about it. Again, there are still one billion people living in extreme poverty globally. The Gates letter isn’t written to tell us we’ve made everything better, it’s just trying to point out the efforts being made are working.
Here’s another myth buster from the Gates letter. Did you know that only 1% of our Federal Budget is spent on Foreign Aid? One percent works out to around $11 Billion dollars, which by anyone’s standards is a whole lot of money. But averaged out, it’s $30 per American. Would you willingly donate $30 a year to protect 120 kids from communicable diseases? That’s a question to ask when we’re talking budget cuts in this country.
Today, in the NYC area anyway, it is the first day of school for everyone left hanging on to summer. As of this morning all our kiddies will be accounted for, in some manner of classroom, hopefully learning. We have a lot to complain about with our public school system but the bottom line is that most of our kids are getting decent education for many of us, it’s mostly free. It is a great privilege that we have the luxury to complain about our education because it means that nearly all of us have access to it. That is not the case in other parts of the world. In Sub-Saharan Africa, even the public schools come with hefty fees, such as uniforms, books, food, shoes, extra teacher payments, etc. Families are forced to cover up to 30% of primary education expenses which means many of the parents in that area can’t send their children to school. I don’t have to go on and one here. Nearly everyone I know understands and agrees about the importance of education, especially when we’re talking about rising up out of poverty. Access to education is of utmost importance so don’t you want to know how you can help people gain access to something we take so for granted all we do is complain about it?

As summer comes racing in, mealtime can be more and more of a challenge for parents. But the importance of eating well for kids does not diminish when the temperatures heat up. A new report from Save the Children called Food for Thought addresses how proper nutrition is imperative, not just for children’s health but also their performance in school. The report states that malnourished children have a 20% higher rate of illiteracy and how missing out on nutritious food can impact a child’s overall cognitive development, which can have far-reaching effects on economic growth. (via GR8 Nutrition Means More Than Just Health | The Right Hand Mom)

Some people come to doula work from a deep commitment to helping women have the same type of birth experiences they had or at least hope to have someday. I am just the opposite. (via The Birth of a Doula | The Right Hand Mom)


I want you to stop for a second and think about how many times already today you’ve used water. If you’re like me, you got up and flushed a toilet. You may have brushed your teeth and even showered. If you’re really healthy, you started your day with a glass of water or even a steaming mug of lemon water. And all of this was before you even left the house to start the day. You’ll use countless other gallons as you go about your day and unless you’re paying too much for a bottle in a convenience store, you won’t give it much thought. (via World Water Day | The Right Hand Mom)

Just a few short years ago I did not have such a healthy relationship with food and not for the reasons you might expect. Back then, money was tight. I mean, really tight. We were over-spent, underpaid and in debt up to our eyeballs. My husband worked but I no longer did and the money coming in was not enough. And yet, no matter the income, I still had three kids to feed. (via Let’s Work for No Kid Hungry | The Right Hand Mom)

Women are worth celebrating. More than one day a year. (via International Women’s Day, Celebrate Right | The Right Hand Mom)

Much of the world doesn’t share our fortune. Acording to UN statistics, more than one in six people worldwide , don’t have access to improved water sources. That means 1 in 6 people not only can’t drink the water without being sick, they may not even have access to water of any kind within miles of their house. Think about the amount of time you switch on a sink during the day. How about reach for a glass or bottle of water? How often? Now imagine not having that option, ever. (via H20 is Life | The Right Hand Mom)

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the inner-workings of your own home and forget there is a larger world out there. When you’re a parent, it’s almost an occupational hazard, this focus on what’s inside your own house. But another occupational hazard of motherhood is the growing empathy for all children, whether they’re yours or not. (via A Plea for Our Children | The Right Hand Mom)

We’re all about babies here at The Right Hand Mom. We have babies, we support women who birth them and we love writing about babies. And, today marks 39 years since I was a baby, so it’s fitting then that today’s M.a.D Monday topic be, you guessed it, babies. (via M.a.D About Babies: Shanti Uganda | The Right Hand Mom)