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A mother’s love: Ten women fighting for their families around the world

May 3, 2013

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    Nancy R. Farese for Mercy Corps  </span>
    Liberia: Jeanette, mother of four daughters and two sons, received agricultural training and increased her harvests. Now she can sell her extra crops, in addition to feeding her family. “We are able to send our children to school. We can care for ourselves.” Photo: Nancy R. Farese for Mercy Corps
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    Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps  </span>
    Yemen: In this poverty-ridden country, where more than half the population can’t afford food, malnutrition has been a chronic problem. Vouchers help Ayesha ensure her children get the nutrition they need. Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps
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    Ethiopia: Taiko is doing what it takes to make sure her daughter gets an education. She used a Mercy Corps loan to start a business in her village and an accompanying scholarship will ensure her daughter Kuye graduates from high school. Photo: Joni Kabana for Mercy Corps
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    Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps  </span>
    Colombia: Adriana was fighting with the rebels at 11. After going through our child soldier rehabilitation program, she joined our team as a mentor to young people who are going through the same transition and is building a stable, secure life for her son. Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps
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    Central African Republic: Many unwed mothers here are rejected by their families, and lacking education, have no means to take care of themselves. Elodie is learning how to start and run a small business so she can provide for herself and her children. Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps
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    Sri Lanka: The country was devastated in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. More than 35,000 people were killed, 450,000 displaced and there was an estimated $1.5 billion in damages. Anushika found the strength to start over and launched her own business raising and selling tropical fish. Photo: Thatcher Cook for Mercy Corps
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: Conflict forced Nibashi, a 39-year-old widow and mother of five children, to live in an IDP camp. Mercy Corps provides clean water to the camp so Nibashi and her children no longer have to walk several hours each day to get water. Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps
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    Indonesia: Where infant mortality rate remains achingly high, Umi leads one of Mercy Corps’ Mother’s Support Groups to educate fellow mothers about the benefits breastfeeding and proper infant care. Photo: Jennifer Dillan/Mercy Corps
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    Jordan: Najwah escaped Syria last year to keep her three small children safe after her husband was wounded in a bombing. They have very little, but are grateful to have found shelter in Jordan, where Najwah is determined to create a safe home for her family. Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps
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    Sudan: Decades of civil war displaced hundreds of thousands of Sudanese families. When Achichong was finally able to return home with her son Maker, they lived in temporary housing constructed by Mercy Corps as they began their lives again. Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps

Through the course of our work we routinely meet mothers who display stunning selflessness and courage. They may live thousands of miles apart, separated by different cultures and experiences, but they all have the same thing in common: They fight for the safety and wellbeing of their families in some of the most challenging circumstances.

And these women are not just parents — they are also bold leaders, fierce guardians and catalysts for change within their communities. Their spirit is what moves us forward.

Meet a few of the women from around the world whose love and tenacity have left a mark on us in recent years. We hope they inspire you the way they do us.