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“Every act of love is a work of peace no matter how small.”

-Mother Teresa

Save the Children has just published the results of its 8th annual report on the best and worse countries to be a mother. The study took place in 140 countries, 41 developed nations and 99 in the “developing world.”

Save the Children “is so concerned with mothers, because 75 years of field experience has taught us that the quality of children’s lives depends on the health, security and well-being of their mothers.

In short, providing mothers with access to education, economic opportunities and maternal and child health care, including family planning, gives mothers and their children the best chance to survive and thrive. ”

Results for the top and bottom ten of the 2007 Mothers’ Index are listed here.

Top Ten Bottom Ten
1
2
2
4
4
4
7
8
9
10
Sweden
Iceland
Norway
New Zealand
Australia
Denmark
Finland
Belgium
Spain
Germany
131
132
133
134
135
136
137
138
139
140
Djibouti
Burkina Faso
Ethiopia
Eritrea
Angola
Guinea-Bissau
Chad
Yemen
Sierra Leone
Niger

The entire list is available here. The United States tied Hungary for 26th.


When we hold firm our cups of life, fully acknowledging their sorrows and joys, we will also be able to lift our cups in human solidarity. Lifting our cups means that we are not ashamed of what we are living, and this gesture encourages others to befriend their truths as we are trying to befriend ours. By lifting up our cups and saying to each other, “To life” or “To your health,” we proclaim that we are willing to look truthfully at our lives together. Thus, we can become a community of people encouraging one another to fully drink the cups that have been given to us in the conviction that they will lead us to true fulfillment.

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