May 30, 2010

'Bouncing Cats' and Positive Social Change

AUTHOR:Harry Strulovici, MD,

Life for Mothers (LFM) has been sharing with you news and stories regarding the fate of mothers, newborns and children in the developing world and elsewhere. Frequently, they are heartfelt experiences of unnecessary suffering and loss from pregnancy and childbirth. LFM has tried to enumerate many of the reasons for these deaths and complications, including structural causes, such as poverty and gender based violence. Now, Life for Mothers would like to share with you a short video of hope from Uganda where poverty and disease is rife in the south but in the north women and children also suffer the effects of a war brought on by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). This war has had untold and horrible consequences on millions of people. Yet, despite living within this terror, a Ugandan boy started Breakdance Project Uganda. (BPU). The organization focuses on issues of girl's empowerment and gender relations as well as emphasizing the need for tolerance and forgiveness through non-violent conflict resolution. They are based in Kampala and perform throughout the country; breakdancing to hip-hop music and delivering these messages. "Bouncing Cats" is a film by Nabil Elderkin about the journey of this young man, Abraham “Abramz” Tekya as he tries to improve the life of young Ugandans. Enjoy the trailer to this film: 
Thanks to one of our Board Members (Abigail Owen-Pontez) for sharing!

Did you know?

Between 1990 and 2008, maternal mortality worldwide dropped by one third.

Source:The World Health Organization, 2010

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