You know how I have always said that “us mommas” are all in this together?
Every now and again, we are reminded and inspired by other mommas to step up and walk the walk.
Sometimes, it’s a momma you may see struggling. You see that momma struggle and you can empathize with her situation, you offer her a shoulder to cry on, and an ear to listen. There is no judgement.
It’s an opportunity to reflect on our sisterhood.
There is this combined energy that mommas can draw on when we need it. It can even be physical. Like when you need to physically be present for another momma who needs help carrying her load. Sometimes, (who am I kidding, most of the time) it doesn’t even have to be that much…
Sometimes, all a momma needs is the understanding that there is someone else who is present for them.
Holding space for them.
Waiting, for that moment that we know when a momma just needs to release.
To let go.
And to let others help.
Sometimes, it might be just taking her kids for a few hours. So she can sit. Or so she can sleep. Or so she can cry without worry of her kiddos seeing her fall apart. We allow this for each other because we also know that once we allow ourselves that cry, we can pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and carry on with the many responsibilities that being a momma entails.
Sometimes, it also means rallying together a bunch of other very special mommas who want to make a difference as well.
This year, on Mother’s Day, in the Pacific Village Clubhouse, there will be a unique event showcasing different home grown businesses with a “Give Back” feature for #LeviLittleLionHeart.
I met Mommy Landa two years ago during a symposium organized by the Association for Adults with Autism Philippines. We both spoke about the work we do with and for kids and adults who are differently abled. Landa shared her passion and what she does through her school, The Learning Center, and I shared the work that I do through Best Buddies Philippines.
I was impressed with Landa’s dedication to her students and their families, and her desire to give everyone opportunities in education, and through livelihood programs offered on her campus.
Now, she needs our help for her son Levi.
Levi was born prematurely. His hospital bills continue to rise as his level of medical care is still urgent. While he has been gaining strength and growing like the Little Lion Heart that he is, his parents financial burdens are starting to weigh heavier. While they will not sacrifice his level of care, this is when they know they can call on the support of communities like ours for a little bit of help.
So that’s where my friend and co-parent Phi Anh Tatlonghari comes in to this part of the story. I met Phi Anh through her son Luis. Luis and Miguel were batchmates for a few years in De La Salle Zobel, and Phi Anh is a parenting advocate offering support for mommas like us through workshops and events like Project Ki. D. S.
Through this installment of Project Ki. D. S. she has brought other mommas together for fun workshops for the kiddos, ways to explore creativity, and on a day when we can all celebrate Mommas everywhere.
Perfect timing, if you ask me…
Your kids can make arts and crafts or a dream catcher with Crafts & Party Bucket…
Or they can join a rubber stamp carving activity by Artenimara…
You can even learn Water Color Painting with Teacher Vie Sevila.
All for a simple fee of one thousand pesos.
There will also be other products on sale from different merchants, in a make shift bazaar and a portion of the sales and proceeds of this project will be given to Baby Levi for his medical needs.
Register with Project Ki. D.S. by visiting @project.ki.d.s or on Facebook, and by sending a message: 09176262161
Pacific Village Clubhouse