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Mom Matters: a Virtual Event for Everyone and Their Mother

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Like moms everywhere, ChildFund’s mission is to help ensure that children are safe, healthy, educated, and have their own voices. We know that's no easy task — and it's why we want to let every mom know we appreciate all they do!

We invite you to show your support for mothers and children in disadvantaged communities by attending our first-ever “pitch and pledge” event, powered by The Funding Network.

This family-focused event will highlight the challenges and rewards of motherhood around the world – and honor mothers for their hard work protecting and caring for the next generation. Gather your friends and family and join us for this virtual celebration just in time for Mother’s Day!

Thursday, May 13, 2021
6:30pm-8:30pm EDT

Location: The comfort of your home!


You'll have the opportunity to learn about three inspirational programs in Timor-Leste, Central America and Senegal. Our speakers, Ninivia de Silva Barreito, Josué Rivera Rivera and Yaikah Jeng, will share firsthand insight into the many challenges facing parents and children in their countries, and shed light on how ChildFund is responding to the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. A question & answer session will follow to allow you to learn more about the current situations in the speakers' regions.

Our featured speakers will be followed by an exciting live-pledging session hosted by ABC Australia broadcaster Jacinta Parsons, our MC for the evening. You’ll even have the chance to make a donation in honor of an important mom in your life.

Reserve your seat now and share in the festive spirit by inviting your friends and family!

If you can't attend, but would like to support #MomMatters, you can make a contribution today. If you'd like to make a gift in honor of your mother, please contact the supporter care team at or 800-776-6767.


Featured Presenters

  • Ninivia da Silva Barreito

    Ninivia da Silva Barreito

    Health Project Coordinator,  


    Timor-Leste has one of the Asia-Pacific region’s highest maternal and infant mortality rates. Ninivia will talk about how ChildFund’s projects are saving lives in rural communities by upskilling health workers, creating a trained network of grassroots health volunteers and ensuring women and their babies have vital support before, during and after childbirth.

  • Yaikah Jeng

    Yaikah Jeng

    Country Director,  
    ChildFund Senegal  



    ChildFund Senegal’s leader, Yaikah, is passionate about helping young women and girls in her country grow up with the knowledge and resources to become strong, empowered women. Through sexual and reproductive health and hygiene education, as well as local-level advocacy to change cultural attitudes and mindsets, ChildFund is working hard to ensure that no girl will be forced into an early marriage or undergo devastating procedures like female genital mutilation (FGM).

  • Josue Rivera Rivera

    Josué Rivera Rivera

    Program Manager,  
    ChildFund Mexico  



    In Central America, many families are fleeing violence and other terrible circumstances in their communities in search of a safer place to call home. Josué will discuss ChildFund’s partnership with PLAN International and EDUCO to offer shelter, food, trauma-informed support, continuous education and resource referral to families on the move in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.



A first breath, first meal, first word, first steps — mom is there. Mothers tend to serve as their child’s primary caregiver and protector, yet many face far greater daily challenges than we can imagine.

From their child’s prenatal stages through young adulthood, some women struggle with:

  • preventing childhood malnutrition and slowed mental and physical development
  • accessing proper healthcare to prevent and treat illnesses
  • accessing educational opportunities for their child
  • preventing domestic violence
  • ending early marriage and childbearing traditions
  • preventing child labor

ChildFund programs and community partners in the Americas, Africa, and Asia work together with families to help educate and empower women to be the best versions of themselves they can be.

At Mom Matters, the virtual celebration of motherhood, you’ll learn more about these strong women, their challenges, and the programs and community responses that have made an impact on their lives and the lives of their children.


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