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Motherhood is not meant to be travelled alone. That’s why this movement of mothers and supporters believes in the power of simple supportive connections. Embrace finds creative ways to build connection during a time when women are often home-bound and socially isolated.

Down on my knees during COVID-19

Did I mention the merry-go-round of fear in my head? How was I going to make money? What would happen to my child if I got sick? Before experts reassured us that children younger than ten were least likely get infected, there was the gigantic fear of my child getting sick. The more the lockdown was extended, the more I worried about how my child’s development was being affected by not being able to go to crèche. The longer lockdown lasted, a new fear appeared: the fear of losing a roof over our heads. All this responsibility is unbelievably hard for a single mom because you have to figure everything out alone. But I have to also appreciate how day after day, God sent unexpected angels to help (from a distance or electronically). I have experienced a lot of kindness from so called strangers during this challenging time.

#TuesdayCheckIn: Mother Africa

How are you doing this week? The 25th of May is Africa Day, a day on which we commemorate the founding of the African Union, and renew our commitment to working for the good of this continent, together. In our roles as mothers, we find that motherhood

Love that compels: Reflections on Mother’s Day Connect

Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Pretoria, South Africa. The Embrace-community’s yearly Mother’s Day-outreach kicks off. Cheerful women’s voices echo in the halls of the massive hospital. Twelve volunteers, all mothers, are on their way to deliver gifts to mothers in the hospital. Elsewhere in the country,

#TuesdayCheckIn: Happy Mother’s Day Connect!

How are you doing this week? It’s the Tuesday after #MothersDayConnect2019 and we’re feeling all the feelings, from overwhelming gratitude for our volunteers to deep respect for the mothers who allowed us into this incredible vulnerable part of their motherhood journey. It means so much

#TuesdayCheckIn: Get Out the Vote

#EmbraceSisterhood, how are you doing this week? This Tuesday, we’re reflecting on the long, winding road that has led South Africa to our sixth general elections. We still have a long way to go to ensure that all in South Africa live lives of dignity

#TuesdayCheckIn: Happy Worker’s Day

#EmbraceSisterhood, how are you doing this week?   This Tuesday, which is the eve of #WorkersDay, we’re checking in with working mothers, and by working mothers, we mean all mothers.   Whether your work in your home, in an office building, in fields, in classrooms,

#TuesdayCheckIn: Our names, our selves

How are you doing this week? Today’s #TuesdayCheckIn is inspired by Embrace member Lindiwe. We asked Lindiwe about the significance of her daughter’s name and she told us: My child’s name. The reason why I chose her name is because I was happy to have her

#TuesdayCheckIn: Jumping at the Sun

#EmbraceSisterhood, how are you doing this week? Today’s #TuesdayCheckIn comes to you as we approach the end of Black Mamas Matter Alliance​’s #BlackMaternalHealthWeek2019. We’ve spent most of our week thinking and reading as much as we can about the ways in which some of the

#TuesdayCheckIn: What’s My Name Again?

How are you doing this week? Today’s #TuesdayCheckIn is an excerpt of a poem by Hollie McNish. She writes: And it’s only when the stars are out and everything’s dark that my own name creeps out from under the table, and I’m able to remember the