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AfricAid Members Honor their Mothers

Mother’s Day is a very significant day, where people around the world honor and cherish their mother in the best way they can. AfricAid celebrates this Mother’s Day with Kisa Scholars, Alumnae and Mentors sharing their thoughts about the important women in their lives and, for some, what it means to be a mother.


Strong women bring up strong young women. And in time, those young women bring up their own empowered young girls. The positive influence and unconditional love a mother shows us is definitely something to celebrate and be grateful for.  In our community, grandmothers are also central to how we develop as people.  In fact, throughout Africa, women are mothering and supporting children who are part of their very extended families, as well taking in and caring for unrelated children who are in need.  Older sisters are role models and confidantes to younger sisters.  Remember the old adage “it takes a village to raise a child.”


Kisa and Binti Shupavu Mentors are also taking on a mothering role to the Scholars.  They provide knowledge, encouragement, advice and are a shoulder to lean on for individual girls.


Langasani Kisa Scholars with their role model and Mentor Aretha.

Abbie – Kisa Scholar:

What I remember about my late Mum is that she was an exceptional woman – strong, kind and sweet – and a woman whom I looked up to. On Mother’s Day, I celebrate her.


Omega – Kisa Scholar:

My mother and I have a very beautiful bond. When I am stressed, the best place to cry is on my mother arm. My mother might not be perfect, but she is enough – enough for me not replace her in my heart. I love you Mom.


Binti Shupavu Mentor and Kisa Alumna Lightness celebrates graduation with her lovely mother.

Carolina – Kisa Alumna:

Motherhood is a gift and blessing. The ability to carry a soul and bear wonderful beings is quite a mystery in human life. Let’s appreciate all mothers for sacrifices they made and always show them what wonderful creations they are. Dear Mama, eight years have passed by and your memories are still alive. On this particular day, I celebrate you for the woman you have molded me. Through you I have learned to embrace motherhood and forego all the fear I had in the past. I proudly celebrate you Mama. Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers across the globe!


Eva – Kisa Alumna:

Being a mother is a beautiful and yet a wonderful feeling, loving another soul no matter what. It is something that I am still trying to understand. To my loving mother, I don’t know where to start or to end.  You have always been my rock, role model, best friend. You have been quite everything to me throughout my life. Thank you for molding a wonderful and responsible woman such as me. You have taught me how to embrace life in a positive way always. You taught me to give love unconditionally to everyone around me. I can’t thank you enough. I will always love and celebrate you Mama.


Binti Shupavu Manager Mary visits her much younger sister Mariam at school.

Nice – Kisa Alumna and Mentor in AfricAid’s Kilimanjaro Office:

My mom used to tell us to be strong as we will be future mothers. I did not understand then, but as I am an adult now and experiencing a lot of issues in my life I feel proud of her because she helped me to become the strong person I am today. Thank you Mom and I love you.


Mary – Binti Shupavu Manager:

Our beautiful, strong, caring and supportive mom raised two beautiful daughters.  I have now discovered that being a mother is learning about strengths you did not know you had and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed. I am grateful to be one among all the sweet mothers in the universe.  



It’s Mother’s Day! Let’s join together to thank our mothers our grandmothers, and others, for being our role models, our comfort, our teachers, our best friends, our rock.


Mawenzi Kisa Scholars are grateful that Mentor Magdalena is like another mom to them.

Contributed by: Magdalena Leonard Kitinya, Kisa Program Manager & Alumna