A Story I will Always Remember

bakoko.jpgI was watching a special about Mothers on Oprah last year when I first heard about this amazing woman from Uganda. Her name is Bakoko Zoe, and she is the Mother of 40 children. Yes, 40. She has adopted 40 orphans, some who have HIV themselves, whose parents lost their lives to AIDS. She is a former government official who is working to get the laws that give men unlimited power over woman changed in her own country.

She started at home. She is raising 20 sons on her own. She is teaching those men who will be married one day to respect and empower their future wives. What she is teaching her children now will slowly change the face of Uganda.

I am inspired by her. I strive to be like her. It’s amazing that a mother that lives on the other side of the world has touched me and inspired me not just be a better mother, but a better woman.

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One Response to “A Story I will Always Remember”

  1. Shelley Seale June 6, 2007 at 5:27 pm #

    What an incredible and inspiring story. I am currently reading a book about a similar woman in Ethiopia. The book is called “There Is No Me Without You” by Melissa Fay Green, and the woman she profiles, Haregwoin, also is mother to dozens of AIDS orphans in Ethiopia.

    It is truly inspiring to read about regular, everyday people like this who decide they can’t look the other way, but that in fact there IS something they can do to make a difference to children – and they DO IT. They don’t say, I don’t have the money, I don’t have the time. They simply act from the heart.

    Thank you for sharing this story.

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