Guest Post: By Jennifer Burden @ World Moms Blog

26 Oct

When Purnima asked me to guest post on the Alchemist’s Blog, I was thrilled.

Hello India and beyond!

World Moms Blog

World Moms Blog

Purnima and I met through World Moms Blog, where we are both a part of the editing team.  World Moms Blog writes from over 24 countries on the topics of motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. She has voluntarily carried out various roles for the blog from social media to now editing the Saturday Sidebar question, where our contributors chime in from around the globe on a topic. She also has initiated and championed internal processes, too, such as a new photo project she is working on with another contributor, Polish Mom Photographer.

The excitement of getting so many mothers from so many different corners of the world in one place has led to our advocacy for all children. Today, I’m honored to tell you about the trip I have just began. (I’m actually on the plane right now writing this!) The UN Foundation invited me to Africa as part of a delegation of Shot@Life champions from the United States. The purpose of the journey is to experience UNICEF’s Child and Family Health Days, where they are making a difference in the child mortality rate there by providing children with Vitamin A tablets to help prevent blindness, polio and measles immunizations, deworming tablets to those who need them and insecticide treated bed nets to help prevent malaria. They will also be checking children for malnutrition.
World Moms Blog’s advocacy for life-saving vaccines for the children who need them most has led to this first trip to the field.  Behind these grass-roots efforts have been amazing women, like Purnima, who have been championing for the health of children around the world.
In May, Purnima threw a private “GAVI Global Tea Party“, a grass-roots party developed at World Moms Blog to help raise global awareness for vaccines for children.  At these parties,we have brought friends and relatives into conversation about the cause with the help of GAVI films from the field. The event was filmed for a documentary, and the guests also spoke about how India was named polio free this year, a great milestone!
In the US World Moms Blog has been advocating with Shot@LIfe, the UN Foundation’s campaign for the cause. Contributors and friends of World Moms Blog have contributed over $4,000 to help vaccinate children from diseases that are a threat to them. Our advocacy has led to our editor Nicole Melancon and friend of the blog, Jodi Fendrick lobbying Congress on behalf of global vaccines.
We’ve been doing some neat things at World Moms Blog, and Purnima has been a part of it!  You can follow the Shot@Life trip to Uganda this week.  On Twitter follow hashtag #vaccineswork.  You can also check in to the Shot@Life blog.  I will also be sending pictures from the field to our social media team, who will be posting them to Facebook all this week. I hope you will join me virtually on this social good journey!
Jennifer Burden is the founder and Managing Editor of World Moms Blog, which was listed by Forbes Woman in their “Top 100 Websites for Women 2012.” She was also named a “50 Tweeters of Social Good You Have To Follow” by the Armchair Advocates.
You can follow World Moms Blog on Facebook here, on twitter here and on Pinterest here.
Follow our journey at Shot@Life here.

3 Responses to “Guest Post: By Jennifer Burden @ World Moms Blog”

  1. Alison October 26, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    You’re inspiring, Jennifer!

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