Last year, the project raised nearly $17,000 to support the efforts of “Mama Lucy” to build a school for children in Tanzania (see below). This year, Epic Change is targeting four amazing “Mamas” for support.
“Mama Lucy” Kamptoni sold chickens in her Tanzanian village and turned her income into a primary school that now serves over 400 children.
Suraya Pakzad was recently named one of TIME‘s 100 most influential people. She is an Afghan activist who fights on behalf of the rights of women and girls; she originally founded the Voice of Women Organization (VWO) to educate girls in secret schools in Kabul under the Taliban, and has since expanded to support and assist underprivileged women and children throughout Afghanistan.
Maggie Doyne at the tender age of 19 used her life savings from babysitting to start the Kopila Valley children’s home in Nepal, which has grown to a home for over 40 children and a school serving over 200 students.
Renu Shah Bagaria is the founder of Koseli, which is a center for children in Kathmandu, Nepal who, due to their economic circumstances and country’s recent civil war, live in the city’s streets and slums.
Visit the web site to find out more these amazing women. Epic Change launched “To Mama With Love” as a collaborative art project that “honors moms across the globe and raises funds to invest in remarkable women who are transforming our world.” There are several ways that you can get involved with this year’s campaign: You can create a heartspace on the website to show your favorite mamas how much you love them, as well as spread the world on Facebook and Twitter. Pictures, artwork, poems and video can be embedded in each heartspace and can be shared via email and social networks. Family members and friends can collaborate by donating to your mama and anyone can leave a comment on the wall of your heartspace.
Oh, and did I mention that over 95% of the funds donated through “To Mama With Love” will be invested in the four featured projects? So show your “Mama” how much you love her. And make the world a better place.