Today, Sunday happens to be Mother’s day in more than 60 countries. According to http://www.mothersdaycentral.com, Rwanda doesn’t feature on the list but nonetheless the rest of the East African countries feature there and I decided to make it my day to appreciate mothers. Well, it has occurred that these days, mothers are different from what they used to be like.
An MTN advert that airs on Ugandan T.V shows a mother bouncing to tunes from a polyphonic phone.
You may not have seen it yet but you will agree with me that mothers have changed; the different jobs they hold, the companies they start up and their taste in designer suits speak of how they have moved on.
Don’t get me wrong. The love and care which is hard to tell as it is to understand is still intact in most mothers’ hearts. That kind of love has been able to raise CEO’s, entrepreneurs and billionaires in some instances, a poor, dangerous and lousy environment which most people think nothing good could come out of it. That love has made you happy even when you got one gift on your birthday.
Nonetheless, there’s something exceptionally different about today's mother. Today’s mothers have taken on more unfamiliar roles with much force and enthusiasm that has left the world a much better place.
An example is Mrs Rose Mukankaka who survived the genocide with her immediate family. During the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi Mukankaka and her family lived in the Southern Province, formerly Butare. As the situation got worse, she prayed to God asking him to protect her family and husband who was held up in a conference in the Western province.
She promised to serve God if he fulfilled her request. Never to disappoint, God granted her, her wish and they all survived. As soon as she made it safely with her family and her husband returned, she started Association Mwana Ukundwa in 1994 that looks after street children. This is her way of serving God. The Association now supports 2016 children and young people.
This is a direct indication of how a mother's love for her children can never be understood or even measured. Sick and tired of waiting on men to solve the social ills that affect society, mothers have turned to make society a better place by being just, running institutions better, planning for the future, streamlining schools and helping better our health care system.
Having made it from the back of the kitchen to the front of the boardrooms, they have maintained a sense of pride and dignity that is beyond measure. After humbling the world with their wisdom and natural beauty since the beginning of time, mothers still continue to surprise the world, as they show that the love that they have for their children grows each day, and perhaps the strongest relationship we know.