Celebrating mothers Media gallery

Caring for kids

When Audrey heard about the Diabetes Management and Care program in 2005, she was eager to support her family’s health and on learning about the wellness initiative, so she decided to volunteer to make her community healthier. “Aboriginal people die too young from diabetes – it is important to stop this,” Audrey told us. “There are lots of people with diabetes here but before, people didn’t know about it

Credit: Caritas Australia

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Mother, grandmother, farmer, marketing manager

Linda Ncube’s busy days are spent caring for her children and grandchildren, running her farm, and working as marketing manager for her farming community in Zimbabwe. She says she is very grateful for the training she has received from our partner Caritas Hwange. “Even though my life has been hard since my husband died, I am so grateful to God and the support of my community who have supported me in ways beyond my imagination.”

Credit: Caritas Hwange

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Midwives supporting safe motherhood

Provati, a Safe Motherhood Project trainer midwife trains midwives on ways of checking for jaundice. Sr Julienne, the co-ordinator of the Safe Motherhood program is looking on.

Credit: Majed Chowdhury

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Mintou cares for her five grandchildren

“There are some times when the children hold me and say grandma, we need to eat. I don’t have anything. When the children say ‘I’m hungry, please give me some food,’ my heart will be beating and I will be in trouble. Even when the rain starts falling, it will take another three months before the harvest. I have seven months in the darkness. I am afraid of the future.” - Mintou Gani, Niger.

Credit: Nick Harrop/CAFOD (Caritas UK)

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Strong women, powerful communities

Sustainable growth and development can only occur when everyone – women, men and children – are involved in planning and implementing their community’s development. Caritas Australia works with both women and men to improve the economic and social participation of women and girls in their communities. (Photo from Endashang'wet village, Tanzania.)

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Healthy babies

Over half a million women die each year during pregnancy, childbirth or immediately after birth. In some parts of Africa, 1 in 16 women will die while pregnant or soon after giving birth. Through health clinics such as this one in Darfur, women and babies are more likely to receive healthcare during this critical time.

Credit: Laura Sheahen/ Caritas-ACT 2013

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A contemplative moment

A mother and her child in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon. The majority of Syrian refugees fleeing to Lebanon are women and children.

Credit: Caritas Switzerland

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Small business operator

Economically empowering women results in the benefits flowing throughout the whole community. Research has shown that women are more likely than men to spend their earnings on the health and wellbeing of their family by providing food, medicine and education.

Credit: Sean Sprague

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Remembering Colletta

Colletta, at left, with her mother, sons and nieces. Featured in Project Compassion 2013, Colletta was the sole income earner for her family. She struggled with health complications due to her being HIV positive. Caritas Australia helped her improve her income and family’s health. Sadly, though she was feeling physically and emotionally stronger, Colletta passed away in 2013

Credit: Caritas Gweru

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Businesswomen

Flabiana and her group produce food products that they sell from a kiosk in Oecusse, East Timor. The kiosk was renovated with the support of Caritas Australia.

Credit: Marden Dean

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Continuity

Women and children continue their weaving tradition in a refugee camp in 2007. Caritas Australia worked in camps to provide clean water and sanitation, health and nutrition, counselling, education, and getting agriculture going again. We are still working in the Sudan region.

Credit: P. Jeffery

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Being strong through tough times

A woman smiles at a food distribution camp in Kenya during the drought that gripped in East Africa in 2011. Caritas Australia’s supporters joined the international effort to distribute emergency supplies. We’re still there supporting thousands of people as they rebuild their lives.

Credit: Caritas Internationalis

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Mothers, health service providers and advocates

A ‘train the trainer’ initiative in Peru, which has seen 25 community health promoters trained to identify children at risk, conduct follow-up home visits, collaborate with local government, and run talks on women’s health, HIV/AIDS, dental hygiene and self-esteem. Last year, more than 2,500 people attended these talks.

Credit: Caritas Australia

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Mother of peace

Bae Lisa lives in Mindanao, the Philippines, with her husband and their nine children. She is a traditional leader of the Talaandig tribe and a ‘mother of peace’ – one of over 300 Indigenous leaders engaged by Mindanao Peoples Caucus to work together towards peace. "In times of crisis I comfort women and children traumatised by conflict, who fear for their lives. I deliver food to displaced people and mediate between government officials and traditional leaders.”

Credit: Caritas Australia

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Caring for extended families

Katarina Madigibuli with her family, including her great-granddaughter. The family participated in the Tutu Rural Training Centre program to make sure they could access clean, safe drinking water.

Credit: Sean Sprague

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