|Me and baby girl fish watching!|
Today I was able to spend all day with my daughter. We laughed, played, ate good and just enjoyed each other. My daughter is only 4 but for some women, their children will never see that age – and today we supported those women. Mocha Moms, Inc. (which I happen to be a member of) has partnered with the UN Foundation and their new campaign, “Shot@Life” to provide much needed vaccines to children in underdeveloped countries! They hosted an event at the Georgia Aquarium where we were able to have a great breakfast, write to our state representative, donate to the cause, and more. Our children were able to enjoy themselves with plenty of activities as well as the opportunity to see all the fishes! The highlight of the Aquarium tour was the Dolphin Show! As my daughter sat in my lap, I actually turned into the big kid. I was oooohing and ahhhhing! I just truly enjoyed the show. It was 30 minutes of pure entertainment and my daughter was able to follow along with the story line of the show. She told everyone she saw that, “We saw the Dolphins today! It was Me and Mommy day!” That made my heart melt.
This post is more about understanding that you shouldn’t take anything for granted and actually be grateful for what you have. In America, so many things come easy or easier than most, that we just expect this/that to happen. However, in many other countries, it is the complete opposite. Clean water, food, shelter, clothes and even vaccines are just somethings we may take for granted here in the USA. When I see videos, hear stories or meet someone from another country that has actually lived through some of these tragedies – it puts things into perspective. Be grateful. Life is not all about labels, shoes, and shows! For some, life is actually about just being able to just live!
Please research Shot@life and if this is a cause that tugs at your heart strings, donate.
Did Yall Know that:
Millions of children are disabled or killed every decade by preventable diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea, measles and polio. Pneumonia and diarrhea are the two biggest killers of children under five, and account for more than one-third of childhood deaths worldwide.
Well here’s what we do know, germs don’t need a passport. With so many children around the world unvaccinated, outbreaks of diseases such as measles can occur. Expanding access to vaccines strengthens our ability to fight disease globally and keep our families healthy here at home.
It’s simple; vaccines save lives. Millions of children could be spared from measles, pneumonia, diarrhea, polio and other preventable diseases if we could simply get them the vaccines they need.
The good news is access to vaccines has grown significantly in the last decade. Currently, vaccines are able to save the lives of 2.5 million children from preventable diseases every year. With your help, we can reach even more. With your support, global vaccination programs can save the life of a child every 20 seconds, and stop the nearly 2 million unnecessary deaths that happen every year.
How fortunate are we mommies to live in a country where, during our pregnancies, we’re not worried or concerned about how long will my child survive after birth. And even in instances when these women do have access to vaccines, their next concern is “how” do I get to it! Many of these mothers have to “walk”, and with child in tow, @ least 14 miles to even get the vaccination and at which sometimes they get there to then find out that the vaccines are not available or they ran out.
|Mimi (LipGloss and Binky Blog) & Myself|