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.
Eight of the world’s leaders, including President Obama, will convene on June 17th and 18th in Northern Ireland for the annual G8 Summit. A newly released report by Save The Children, titled Food For Thought, demonstrates global nutrition should be high on this year’s summit agenda. The Food For Thought report emphasizes that good nutrition is not only important, but critical. Proper nutrition, particularly in the first 1,000 days of life when a child’s body and brain are growing rapidly, is more crucial to proper development than once realized. (via Kids Achieve Greater Literacy With Healthier Foods | SweetnessOfLife.com)
This Mother’s Day, celebrate the strength and resilience of moms and women everywhere. Honor an influential woman in your life and provide opportunity for other women by gifting a patch for the digital quilt at Opportunity International. Gifts start at just $5. Select from one of 20 patch designs or create your own and dedicate it to a special woman with an honorary message. Each tribute patch donated can be shared digitally and will be added to Opportunity International’s virtual quilt, symbolizing a community of empowerment and opportunity. (via Celebrate and Empower Moms Everywhere With Opportunity International)
I’m sort of an obsessed hand washer. The first thing I do when my kids enter a bathroom, come in from the outdoors or from the car is begin my “wash your hands” crusade. I get a lot of eye rolls as you can imagine, but I persist. I’ve grown used to the proceeding lecture by my 18-year old son, indicating my hand washing routines actually work against nature, but I persevere. That said, it’s hard for me to understand how an intervention as basic as hand washing can be forgotten or ignored. Proper hand washing alone can significantly reduce the number of infections and provide newborns with a greater chance of survival during the first month of life. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is leading the charge to raise awareness for the newborn health agenda by partnering with USAID’s Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to host a four-day conference. The Global Newborn Health Conference will be hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa, April 15 - 18, 2013. Learn more about the conference here. (via Saving Newborn Lives, A Global Conversation | SweetnessOfLife.com)
This day means the world to me. I’ve fought for most of my life in the battle of equality for women. I grew up watching my mom fight, and we both continue to fight on behalf of my 5 year-old daughter. I spent the better part of my adult life working harder, longer, and more effectively than men, in a corporate world dominated by men. I’ve removed myself from not one, but two oppressive marriages where feminine submission was a requirement. I’ve voted against U.S. Presidential Candidates who didn’t fully support women’s rights. (via Modern, Progressive World Demands Equality | Sweetness of Life & Motherhood)
Love your smartphone? Me, too. Early in February, the UN Foundation announced its new partnership with Charity Miles, a free smartphone app that allows you to earn money for charity while exercising to improve your health. The user can choose to support one of 17 charities available in the app. A group of sponsors will then donate, to the selected charity, 25 cents for every mile you run or walk and 10 cents for every mile you bike. (via Exercise, Earn For Charity Using Smartphones #globalteamof200 | Sweetness of Life & Motherhood)
This month, Kaboom! is asking parents to send in photos of playgrounds they love to be eligible to win some great outdoor toys. Visit the Kaboom! Facebook Page today to enter the contest and find out more about the organization. (via Explore The Power of Play | Sweetness of Life & Motherhood)
Most of us here in the U.S. take for granted our access to clean, safe water. I know my children and I certainly do. Horrifically, 800 million people worldwide don’t have that same access. Add to that lack of access 2.5 billion without safe, clean places to go to the toilet and the result is 2,000 children dying each day from easily preventable diarrheal diseases and countless others unable to attend school. Millions of women cannot work because they exhaust their time and themselves seeking water and caring for these sick children. (via Water Is The Gift Of Life: WaterAidAmerica.org)
Oxfam’s America Unwrapped is a fun, green promotion of several charitable gifts that give back this holiday season. My favorite is the Give A Goat for $50. Did you know goats are an invaluable, sustainable resource for drought-stricken rural communities like Borena in South Ethiopia? Not only are goats a drought-resistent livestock, they also reproduce quickly and immediately provide families with milk. (via Oxfam America Unwrapped: Holiday Gifts That Give Back)
Another 7-10 million women and girls are afflicted with severe or long lasting illness caused by complications during pregnancy and childbirth. These mothers do not need to suffer and die; most of these lives can be saved easily and inexpensively. (via Project Legacy Spotlight: Maternity Worldwide)