The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. My husband gave me the gift of sending a girl to school for mother's day. There are also opportunities to help women get through a safe birth, a healthy pregnancy kit and much more.More »
Dame Sheldrick runs a very successful elephant orphanage in Nairobi, saving the lives of many little ones who have lost their families as a result of poaching. Feeding the babies every three hours around the clock, keeping them warm and playing with them, requires huge efforts and of course money. For just $50 you can adopt an orphan on your mother's behalf, and the money goes directly to the project. Your mom will receive regular updates on your orphan via e-mail, as well as a copy of his biography, and an adoption certificate. Buy the accompanying autobiography written by Dame Sheldrick about her life, love and elephants -- and you have a unique gift set!More »
This is the magazine for anyone's mom that is interested in travel to Africa. Travel Africa Magazine is filled with excellent articles, practical travel information and of course glorious photography. You'll have to wait your turn until she's read it cover to cover!More »
4. Recycled Flip-Flop Crafts and Zulu Beadwork
Help mom look great and feel good by supporting women in Kenya. Unique recycled flip-flop gifts from Marula Studios in Nairobi make for wonderful mother's day gifts. As does some Maasai beadwork made from zulu grass and wood check brought to you through the Leakey collection.
5. Is Your Mother Fond of African Art?
I'm a big fan of African contemporary art, but it's a little bulky to travel with and the airlines are getting more fussy about bringing huge carvings and paintings on board. Luckily the African Colours website offers art for sale direct from the artists, and they'll ship it to your mother for a reasonable price. Also check out True African Art for a great online art shop. Just browse for inspiration, or better yet - ask your mom to pick something out!
6. Travel Gear
Travel gear is always fun to buy but those duffel bags, mosquito nets, first aid kits and Swiss army knives get expensive. Help out your adventurous mom and buy some practical goodies ... she can take care of trying on the safari outfits and hats herself! There are several excellent outdoor retailers who carry a good range of products.
Be the talk of your town and buy your mom a camel. They're diverse, useful animals and their dung makes excellent fuel and fertilizer. This is probably more than you can say for a puppy or kitten. As an efficient, economical form of transport, a camel will beat a Prius hooves down. A camel will also keep your lawn nice and trim and it's something fun for your mom to chat about at Book Club. Oxfam is selling camels for $125, you have to agree, this is a top notch bargain. More »