Romanian youth design their own Mother's Day greeting cards, using traditional skills they've learned in a workshop supported by World Vision's family sponsorship program.
Alexandra B. proudly holds up the Mother's Day card she made for her mom last year. The 13-year-old is enrolled in a cultural activities class supported through World Vision's family sponsorship program."To my Mummy: I want to give you the stars and the moon in the sky.
Photo ©2007 Laura Runcanu/World Vision
I love you mom, even if I err sometimes! Love, Liviu"
Liviu, 10, inscribed these tender words in a Mother's Day card she made last year.
Mother's Day ranks as the world's third-largest card-sending holiday, creating a multi-billion dollar annual windfall for greeting card companies in countries where it is celebrated. Some 80 percent of Americans purchase Mother's Day cards, given on the second Sunday of May when they celebrate the occasion. After all, we love our moms.
Many church services in the United States commemorate moms on this special day as well.
Liviu and her friends love their moms, too. Yet instead of buying cards last year, they took a different approach.
Inspired by the cultural arts workshop supported by World Vision's family sponsorship program in their school in Livada, Romania, the 10-year-old and her classmates decided to craft Mother's Day cards using their new skills in embroidery for which their northwestern Romanian region is renowned.
Regional arts promoted
Shown here is the design of a hand-sewn Mother's Day card, embroidered in the traditional, age-old motif of northwestern Romania.
Photo ©2007 Laura Runcanu/World Vision
Sabina Stir, the arts director, explains the workshop's purpose: "…to keep lightened the candle of the traditional Romanian sewing and embroidery … [It is] one of the ways of transmitting knowledge and wisdom to our children."
A small, energetic woman in her 50s, Sabina explains how several older women in the village are purveyors of the traditional crafts and customs of the region. Asked to join the class, they helped to initiate the community's young people into the region's traditional, native arts and crafts.
Because of their new skills, each child in the school last year was able to create for his or her mother a beautiful, hand-sewn card.
Additional Mother's Day sentiments
Here are some of the thoughts that the village's children wrote inside the cards for their mothers:
Children at the workshop supported by World Vision.
©2007 Laura Runcanu/World Vision
Camelia, age 14
Dearest mother, I love you so much and I wish all your desires to come true! I LOVE YOU. Thank you for the gift of life. Thank you for offering me what is best in this world!
Lavinia, age 12
Dear mom, I want to tell you how much I love you…you are the one who listens and helps me whenever I am in need. You are always here for me and I want to thank you for this!
Happy mother’s day, Lavinia
Razvan, age 10
For the best mother in the world: I wish you to stay healthy and I want you to know that I love you. I promise to be worthy of you, mom. You are such a good person and I love you!
Your son, Razvan
>> Read more Mother's Day sentiments
children enrolled in World Vision's family sponsorship program have shared with their moms in several countries.
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Four ways you can help
>> Praise the Lord for the mothers of the world, whose loving devotion enables their children to grow up into productive adults capable of reaching their God-given potential. Pray that mothers across the world would be honored this Mother's Day, May 11.
>> Become a World Vision family sponsor today. Your support will help a mother and her family reach their full God-given potential.
>> Send a World Vision eCard this Mother's Day to remind your mom of the difference she's made in your life.
>> Honor your mother by purchasing a life-changing gift in her name for girls and women in need through World Vision's Gift Catalog.