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.
With optimism and inspiration, it talks about the issues and it reassures us that things are getting better, that aid does work. In fact, Bill Gates makes a bold prediction with regards to the first myth that poor countries are doomed to stay poor. He says “I am optimistic enough about this that I am willing to make a prediction. By 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world. Almost all countries will be what we now call lower-middle income or richer.” He goes on to back this up very convincingly. (via 2014 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Annual Letter – Spread the Word | Biz Mommy L.A.)
This month, President Obama and other world leaders will come together for the G8 Summit, which focuses on global nutrition. Save the Children’s Food for Though initiative wants to put the pressure on President Obama to make sure that financial support is put in place to prevent millions of children from dying, being undernourished and faltering intellectually. Education is key and programs need to be ushered in that not only offer affordable access to nutritional foods and supplements, but that educates children and adults on the long-term importance of good nutrition. To read Save the Children’s insightful report and learn more about the world hunger and malnutrition crisis, visit their website. (via Food for Thought: Shedding Light on the Problems Caused by Malnutrition and World Hunger | Biz Mommy L.A.)
There’s never been a better reason to exercise – the UN Foundation is teaming up with an organization called Charity Miles to give people incentive to donate toward a good cause. Simply complete your normal running or walking exercise regimen and while you’re doing it, help a wonderful, deserving charity. This is multi-tasking at it’s best! (via UN Foundation Grants Help You Exercise AND Support a Charity | Biz Mommy L.A.)
Empowerment lies not in feeling as if we have achieved control over others, but in understanding that it is our responsibility to help others find opportunities for improvement once we have moved ahead of them in one way or another. 1000 Shillings embodies that philosophy by pairing women in impoverished conditions with a business mentor who can help them change their economic outlook. (via Empowering Impoverished Women 1000 Shillings at a TimeBiz Mommy L.A. | Biz Mommy L.A.)
Giving Tuesday couldn’t have come around at a better time for me. I’ve been spending a lot of time recently trying to teach my daughters about the importance of giving time, love and attention to others, instead of focusing so much on material things. Of course, at 6 and 8 years old, dolls, toys and games are still a big part of their lives, but I want to ramp up the examples of other ways to spend their time that can be fun AND also rewarding. My biggest concern is their obsession with getting gifts and hopping from one fun activity to another. That, by itself, wouldn’t be such a big deal, but it worries me that they don’t seem to have grasped the idea of being grateful in the moment for what they’ve already done. (via Giving Tuesday: The Holiday’s Are Coming and “Giving” Gets a Boost | Biz Mommy L.A.)
You may have heard about her on NPR or you may have read about her in one of the many online news articles that have been written about the brave young Pakistani girl named Malala Yousafzai who took a stand for education. Malala, a 14-year old schoolgirl, was brutally attacked and shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for speaking out in support of access to education for girls in her country. (via Worthy Cause of the Week: Support MALALA DAY on November 10th | Biz Mommy L.A.)
I must admit that I was one of those kids who would just as soon skip right over Halloween and head straight for Christmas and the gifts under the tree. However, I can’t say the same thing about my kids. My girls start thinking about their costumes each year the moment they finish trick-or-treating.