Mother’s On a Mission (MOM), a local nonprofit, held a small fundraiser on Friday, May 16 to further raise awareness about its goals and to raise money for its current project. The mission of MOM is to help women and children in developing countries achieve equality and justice through education and healthcare. Approximately 50 women attended the event that was held at a member’s home.
MOM recently embarked on an ongoing fundraising mission to help construct a children’s ward at the Alanyi Healthcare Center in Uganda, a project that MOM has donated to in the past. Having raised close to $100,000 since its founding in 2009, MOM has already helped purchase equipment and supplies to complete the maternity ward at the Alanyi clinic. Additional projects that MOM has funded include the construction of two wells in Africa and the sponsorship of orphans at the Children’s Ark Orphanage in Wabulenzi, Uganda.
MOM has also worked in conjunction with other local nonprofits to support their programs. Most recently, MOM teamed up with the American Legion in Scotch Plains and Bonds of Courage to deliver Mother’s Day flowers to Union County moms of soldiers currently serving overseas. After Superstorm Sandy, MOM dedicated specific funds to aid Xavier High School in New York City and St. Rose High School in Belmar, NJ recover from the devastation.
Kerry Mooney and Ali Costalos co-founded MOM after finding inspiration in Nicholas Kristof’s book Half the Sky which discusses the struggle of women and children in the developing world. His work continues to be an inspiration for the group. “In his New York Times column on May 10, 2014, Kristof asks why terrorists would want to kidnap hundreds of girls in Nigeria. He writes: ‘Why are fanatics so terrified of girls’ education? Because there’s no force more powerful to transform a society.’ That is why we’re doing this – we believe the bonds of motherhood can cross borders to help educate women and change the world for the better,” commented Mrs. Mooney.
“Our most recent event was really a jumping off point for our next big fundraising gala on November 22nd at Shackamaxon Country Club. Two years ago we raised over $40,000 at our dinner and we’re hoping that we can build on that success to provide the Alanyi clinic with a significant nest egg to launch the next phase of their expansion,” said Mrs. Costalos.
For more information about Mothers On a Mission, visit www.mothersonamission.vpweb.com.