María wraps her arms around her daughter, Dayana, while she reads to her.
A young Rohingya girl sits on her mother’s lap, smiling.
Arifa, 21, is a Rohingya mother to 3-year-old girl Rishmi, in Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. (©2020 World Vision/photo by Xavier Sku)

An ode to moms whose love expands across distant lands;

we celebrate mothers both near and far.


Like this mother in Cox’s Bazar,

in the world’s largest refugee camp,

seeking safety, away from home.

Two sisters, both moms, are hugged by their sons as their eyes fill with tears.
Sisters Marina (right) and Tatiana (left) fled their homes in Odessa, Ukraine. They had to leave their husbands behind in Ukraine as they make their way to Bulgaria with their children. (©2022 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

Facing fears,

keeping strength through the tears.

For Marina and Tatiana,

not knowing when their family will be reunited.

A mother hands her two children a stalk of roasted maize to share.
María shares a moment with her two children. Santa Rosangel, 10 (right), and Efrain, 6 (middle), are both sponsored through World Vision in Honduras. (©2021 World Vision/photo by André Guardiola)

We celebrate mothers who are delighted,

sharing tender moments through their day,

putting children first, as they work, learn, and play.

Rebecca holds her granddaughter’s hand as they sit next to each other.
Rebecca sits with her 5-year-old granddaughter, Leticia. Rebecca advocates for children’s rights in her Ugandan community. (©2018 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

And mothers who continue to grow:

Like Rebecca who felt forced to marry her children young,

but now teaches others what she did not know,

with hopes that they’ll not face

the troubles she and her children had long ago.

A pregnant Kenyan woman holds her stomach and smiles.
Salome, 26, is pregnant with her third child. She stands firm against female genital mutilation, a common practice in her Kenyan community, and supports others to take different paths. (©2022 World Vision/photo by Justus Koech)

Mothers to be, pregnant and already show.

Salome in Kenya

leads as a role model in her community,

helping to elevate their opportunity.

Lonely looks at an open booklet with her stepson, Swangirai.
Lonely reads with her 12-year-old stepson, Swangirai, near their home in Zambia. Eleven years ago, Swangirai was diagnosed with moderate acute malnutrition, but through World Vision’s nutrition programs, he grew up strong. (©2021 World Vision/photo by Collins Kaumba)

Mothers, even if not by blood,

who choose to step in and continue to love.

Lonely helped raise Swangirai as a son,

who nearly died from malnutrition at the age of one.

Ana and Briana gaze into each other’s eyes as they sit next to each other.
In Honduras, Ana, 24, shares a moment with 5-year-old Briana, one of her three children. (©2020 World Vision/photo by André Guardiola)

We celebrate single mothers who make ends meet:

Ana sells clothes so her three children can eat.

Mother and daughter harvest crops together.
Margret and her 6-year-old daughter, Beatrice, harvest vegetables from their kitchen garden in Marafa, Kenya. (©2021 World Vision/photo by Martin Muluka)

Mothers who continue, unwilling to accept defeat,

building kitchen gardens, like Margaret,

with food available and no longer a threat.

Abir and her three children look toward the camera in an informal settlement in Lebanon
Abir sits with her three children in Bar Elias, Lebanon. As Syrian refugees, they now live in an informal settlement where World Vision provides water and other resources for their community. (©2021 World Vision/photo by Hisham Najem)

We celebrate our mothers

and those who are mothers to many.

A family in Mozambique stands close to each other as they look at the camera.
Louisa with her two children, Adolino, 14 (left), and Cinda, 3 (right), in Mozambique. (©2019 World Vision/photo by Carey Ellis)

Those who take care of one another,

beautiful and brave,

resilient and loving.

A mother smiles while she combs her daughter’s hair.
Hupni and her 16-year-old daughter, Lilima, in Fulbari, Bangladesh. The family once only dreamed of three meals a day but is now self-reliant through World Vision trainings and sponsorship programs. (©2021 World Vision/photo by Md Golam Ehsanul Habib)

On this day, remember

to tell your mother

all of the reasons why you love her.

Show care by sponsoring a child.