Being the month that we celebrate women in the various capacities they serve, we put a spotlight on mothers through the #SaveAMum campaign. With the Chase Group Foundation Walk slated for 28th March 2015 at the Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary from 8:00am, a few bloggers have joined us in sharing one of the many the reason behind the campaign through beautiful stories, each different, but very impactful. They shared with us the role their mums (or mother figures) have played in their lives – all in honor of the #SaveAMum campaign.
Save A Mum
“It’s always been this way. I have always wanted to be a mum. I see rounded bellies all around me and facebook albums full of mums and babies, and it seems like the easiest, most natural thing in the world. And yet I wonder. Will I ever have children. Sometimes the yearning feels like a clawing at my heart. Too raw. I try not to think about it, because the truth is, you can’t take it for granted. To be a mother, to have children is the greatest blessing of all. Not a right. A gift.
I ask mothers what it is like to have children. They tell me that life takes on greater meaning. Your existence ceases to be just about you. All of a sudden you are entrusted with this tiny human being who you guide into the world, into being the best person they can be. That it is exhausting. And the most fulfilling thing. And wondrous. I feel a little envious when I hear that. I want that. I want this love that consumes you and runs your life and brings the world into sharp focus.” Aleya Kassam
Love in an Unlikely Place
“Growing up with all this meanness around me I swore when I got married I would live as far away from my mother-in-law as possible; different countries if possible. But because God has a sense of humor, I live about 100m (15 houses away in the same compound) from my mother-in-law. And here’s the kicker – I love it. My relationship with her is awesome. Of course it has taken work but that is a story for another day.
Through her, I have found love in an unlikely place; my mother-in-law. Today, I want to celebrate my new mum; because that is who she is. She has gone beyond the law and is now just mum.” Wanjiru Kihusa
Mama Ian – A Short Story
“I can remember very little about Judy today. An old Polaroid picture in my wallet of my parents dancing is one of the few things I have left to remind me of Judy. It has been almost twenty years since Tito broke the news to us and my memory is terrible. I can barely remember the back of my hand! I can’t remember her voice or her walk. I can’t remember her calling my name. I can’t remember how the food she cooked tasted like. I can’t remember if she liked tea. I can’t remember if she went to church. I can’t remember… I can remember her almost killing me for strangling Abba. She almost killed me again when I burnt our sofa while playing with a matchbox. She almost killed me again when I told the house-help her teeth were too brown. She almost killed again when I sold our first and last colored TV for 10 bob. Coming to think of it, she was always almost killing me!
I would like to believe she was a strong woman, having both my sister and I at 19, a politician husband, a co-wife, and 6 step children all before she was 20! I am almost 30 now and I wouldn’t know what to do with a child, leave alone two! We knew each other just short of a decade, but reliving those 9 short years today fuels my life.” Ian Arunga
Mothers do not die!”
Second Chances in Life, How I Saved my Mum
“My mum went into severe depression. I was 15 years then when it suddenly dawned on me that I would lose both my mother and my sister.
Despite my age, I found the will to fight and chose not to believe or accept that both would die and leave me. I spoke to my mother in a way I have never done before. I reached out to her and made her see why she needed to fight this, why she needed to believe that she was not going die. Why I needed her to be there with me when I said ‘I do’, when I held our first baby, why she meant everything to me and why I was not going to let her give up on life.
I could not believe that the words I was telling her, were coming from me. I am not sure where they came from or what made me so bold. Looking back at those months when I held her hand through finding treatment centers, changing her diet and believing that she was not going to die, I now understand why I had to do it.
My mum is my best friend now, I confide in her things I am too afraid to tell my friends. When we had our 2nd daughter whom we named after her, she told anyone who cared to listen that she has been reborn.” Njeri Wanjohi
Mums make the world go round. Let us support them #Saveamum
“I thought about writing about my relationship with my mother and what a journey that has been. But I have also thought about my nephew and my relationship with him. He has had three mothers, his birth mum – my sister, my mum and I. I thought I would talk about my relationship with my nephew.
At around the time my sister got pregnant it was a dark time in our family. My grandmother was really sick and we were not sure what would happen. My grandmother was a second mother to me and it was really sad to see her suffering with cancer. A month before my sister had Sean my nephew, my grandmother died. That was such a big blow. There was a vacuum, a deep painful hole that kept bleeding and bleeding. When my sister had Sean it was like a chance for happiness was recreated. There was a chance to smile again. When you have a baby in the house all the attention is given to the baby and there was no time for grief. In fact I said that God took one angel and gave us another. “ Rayhab Gachango
What’s your story? Share with us on the comment section and let’s work towards helping reduce maternal mortality during child-birth by training midwives, especially in rural areas. How you can play a part in this;
Also, go ahead and register for the Chase Group Foundation – Save A Mum Walk by registering here and getting your t-shirt (for KES 1,000) which will be your entry to the walk. You can also visit any Chase Bank or Rafiki Branch and Select Innscore (Pizza Inn) or Big Square Outlets. Give us a call via 0730 175 000 | 0709 800 00, Whatsapp us via 0773 758196, Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.