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World Vision Joins Million Moms Challenge with ABC News & UN Foundation

Women of Vision is excited to announce that World Vision has partnered with ABC News and the United Nations Foundation on the first-of-its kind campaign to connect millions of Americans with millions of moms in developing countries across the globe.  It’s called the Million Moms Challenge.

The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness on the dangers of pregnancy without the proper nutrition and healthcare, and to provide resources to change that reality for moms in developing nations.

Why are we so excited about this partnership?  Because there are so many ways for people to get involved, and really make a difference for mothers around the world.  The Million Moms Challenge website puts it this way “You don’t have to be a mom to help a mom. You just have to be one in a million. Join our call to make healthy pregnancies, safe births, and children who survive and thrive a basic right around the world.”  Examples of things you can do to get involved:

  • Join the challenge simply by providing your email address and zip code. For the first 100,000 sign ups, Johnson & Johnson will donate $100,000 to several NGOs helping moms and babies around the world!
  • Recycle your old phone. There is no cost to you and the program you recycle through will provide phones and innovative mobile technology to health workers in 11 countries.
  • Share the Million Moms Challenge with others to help us meet the goal of 1 million participants.
  • Donate to the cause. You can donate any amount.  A gift of $25 could help provide an ambulance or motorcycle to carry a pregnant woman to a safe delivery.
  • Share your story. This program is about connecting with Moms around the world creating a global community. Its about building on the common dream that every mother shares for her child: a healthy pregnancy and a baby who will survive and thrive.

In addition the campaign will include keeping you up to date on stories of women around the world, innovative solutions and more.  These will be featured on ABC News’ broadcasts including “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” and “20/20,” as well as other ABC News platforms including ABCNews.com and ABC News Radio. The event will culminate in a one-hour prime time special on maternal health anchored by Diane Sawyer on December 16, 2011.

“There is so much we can do together — so many simple ways for us all to link arms to make sure every mother and child has a chance to lead a healthy life,” said ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer.

Our very own Cindy Breilh had this to say about the campaign, “I just returned from a trip to Kenya where I saw first-hand the incredible ways that small things can have big impacts on the lives of mothers and their children. As a mother and a registered nurse, my heart breaks when I meet a mother who has needlessly lost a child to a preventable disease. But we have one of the most powerful weapons in the world in this fight against poverty — our voices! I am proud to join ABC News in this campaign as they help unite us, and our voices, for change.”

Let’s join hands in this campaign so that what is meant to be one of the happiest days of a woman’s life,  giving birth to a child, no longer turns into one of the worst days of a mothers life in countries were health care is not available.  Together we can make a difference, one at a time, and one million strong!

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