Vijita Kumar is the interactive marketing coordinator for unicefusa.org.
It happens to all of us at one time or another--we forget. We don't plan to or intend to, yet we do. And if you forgot Mother's Day this past Sunday, you might be more worried about facing Mom than about the state of your memory.
Here at UNICEF, everyday is Mother's Day. Every day we are working to provide nutrition, clean water, immunizations and education to mothers and their children around the world. Children and moms in need get hungry every day, get thirsty every day and can fall sick any day. So while the officially--designated Mother's Day is past, you can still tell mom how much you love her and appreciate her by buying a UNICEF Inspired Gift.
Newborn twins sleep next to their mother in a hospital bed in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) in Pakistan. Their family was among the 1.9 million people displaced by an upsurge in fighting between government and opposition forces since August 2008.
Inspired Gifts are actual lifesaving products--not symbolic gifts--that are shipped from UNICEF's Supply Division Warehouse in Copenhagen or from a local supplier to be delivered directly to mothers and children in need around the world.
There are so many moms in the world that need simple yet lifesaving things - Ikashe in Southern Ethiopia wants nourishment for her son, Saweba in Ghana wants bed nets to protect her only surviving child from malaria, Marie, a survivor of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, wants clean water for her family.(Read their stories right here on Fieldnotes).
What better way to make it up to mom than honor her with an Inspired Gift for another mother and child in need?