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Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Siobhan Speaking on UN panels at the CSW
Siobhan Speaking on UN panels at the CSW

A note from our Founder Siobhan Neilland as a UN Woman WIN CSW Global delegation partner representing Uganda and the OneMama community at the United Nations Commision on the Status of Woman 2015:

" The voice of OneMama Community women was selected! One of the proudest moments of my life was representing so many women who never had a voice on a global stage for my community." Siobhan Neilland - Founder of OneMama.org

.......

Game changing, eye opening, groundbreaking: this was my experience at the United Nations.

Seeing through the eyes of nine thousand women from across the world in the United Nations, was profound to say the least. It shook me to my core to hear the level of sexual violence, inequalities, and unspeakable acts that still exist today around the world. I had the rare opportunity to meet the women who are on the front lines trying to create social change so that all beings—women and men—have equal rights.

 What is CSW?

CSW is the Commission on the Status of Women, an event in which thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to the United Nations headquarters in New York. This is the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

I had the honor to attend and speak at three separate panels and forums at the UN CSW 59 in March 2015. My role as a UN Women’s Intercultural Network (WIN) Delegate was as a Global Partner on behalf of the OneMama Organization representing Uganda. The three forums were

The African Cacus
WIN CEDAW Panel
Bella Abzug Reception

African Caucus

My first opportunity to share the voice of OneMama.org was at the African Caucus. The objective of this meeting was to highlight the top three issues facing each region in Africa, and add them to the United Nations Declaration.

Before attending the United Nations, I asked our coordinators in Uganda to hold a meeting with women of the OneMama Community. There, I asked that they discuss and determine a list of the most important issues for women in their village. I wanted these women to express their voices, which I could then authentically carry to the United Nations. Their response: inequality when distributing family land, wealth, children, and decision-making infringement on women’s rights. I spoke up in the East African Delegation about this specific concern from with the hopes of giving my village a voice.

Our East Africa contention started with about eight major issues that delegates had highlighted as being of concern in the region. We narrowed these eight issues down to the top three issues for the United Nations Declaration. Of those selected was the issue of women’s property rights that was put forth by none other than the OneMama Community!

The voice of OneMama Community women was selected! One of the proudest moments of my life was representing so many women who never had a voice on a global stage.

 

WIN CEDAW Panel

CEDAW, commonly referred to as the women’s bill of rights, is the second most ratified UN human rights convention after the Convention on the Rights of the Child. By the way, I came to find out that the United States is the only industrialized nation that has not yet signed the ratified treaty. I had the honor of speaking alongside a panel of game-changing women who are bringing true social change for woman of all ages—especially as it concerns the ratification of CEDAW.

On this particular panel, I was the last speaker on a panel of seven women, most of whom have been creating social change for over 20 years. However, the speaker right before me was an inspiring 17-year old who in her short life had already accomplished more than most will ever accomplish. The stories she shared triggered an unexpected emotional response. As I reached the podium for my speech, tears ran down my face and I had a moment. I broke down and looked at her, the room in front of me, and said, “when I was her age at 17 I was homeless and was sleeping in Grand Central Station—only a short distance away from here. Most girls like me who have my past and upbringing don’t make it to a podium at the UN… I am truly blessed by this miracle to stand before you.”

I wiped away the tears and then made a joke that, “this is not what I am here to tell you. So let me tell you about the work we do here at the OneMama Organization, the creative ways we are empowering our communities, and funding our projects.” I discussed all the social entrepreneurial programs in both the non-profit sector as well as the for-profit sectors. I also discussed how as women, we need to bring our authentic voices forth to participate in the discussions that sculpt our futures.

When you only focus on the overwhelming and horrific facts that are impacting woman, men, and children around the globe it can feel defeating. We must focus on our solutions and our ability to create connection as a united authentic voice for all to be treated with dignity.

 

Bella Abzug Reception

The third and final speaking event was at the historic Roosevelt House to honor the late Bella Abzug and her contribution to women’s rights. I came to this event not knowing as much as I probably should have about the amazing Bella Abzug. This woman, who passed many years ago, was the fire of the movement that entitles so many of us in the US and around the world the rights that we appreciate each and everyday. She did it with a fire, flare, and a very loud voice in a time when women still did not have much experience with using their voice.

It was powerful to be in a room filled with the most influential voices on the path for equality. Hearing perspectives from women leaders over the last 20-years, and the behind-the-scenes stories of how far we’ve come, lit a fire inside of me.

OneMama was one of the partners for this event, and I was asked to say a few words in Bella’s honor. Of course in normal fashion, tears came to my eyes as I reflected on how lucky I am to have people like Bella who pave a path for woman like me to do the work we do with our own unique voice.

To say I stood out at the UN is a bit of an understatement. Apparently, I have a unique way of doing this kind of work that is not like the majority of these policy circles. It made me question if I could really hold my own in this arena. However, after seeing the work that Bella accomplished and those like her, I know I can do it. Bella was eccentric like me and gave me hope that people like me could not merely operate in these policy circles… but rock it!

I may make people uncomfortable with my unconventional authentic ways of creating social change… but because of her I know I’m not alone. This evening infused me with a the intention that I will take my unique, authentic voice and stand up for as many disempowered communities as I possibly can!

 

Lasting Impacts

My overall experience, speaking on these three forums, as well as participating in the Untied Nations events, left me in awe. We have accomplished so much as women in the last fifty years, and yet we still have so far to go. I realize I need to step up and do even more to ensure the stories told at future United Nations events are more impactful—with solutions we discussed being put into action. I need us to fight for all people on this planet to feel like they are loved and they matter—that’s why I’m here–and that’s what I’m here to make happen.

Lets all make this happen together give each person we connect with a voice and empowerment to do what they are here to do.

Siobhan Neilland - Founder of OneMama

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We are growing and expanding in ways that truly are miraculous! We really are all ONE Mama to each other and this is our living example.

Take a look at our NEW Pictures showing our progress. We are no longer working out of mud hut conditions! We now have separated clinic buildings from staff and family buildings, improving overall community sanitation.

 

NEW clinic buildings and clinic rooms with a NEW paint job.

New Community Center area in use until our more robust Community Center buildings are constructed in next few years

New Clinic Status

  • We are an official Ugandan Health center ll
  • Clinic can now support up to 350 people a day for our special events.

New OneMama Signs

  • Updated signage for the OneMama clinic and road to the OneMama Clinic

New Paint Job for all OneMama buildings

  • New paint jobs for the new clinic buildings in process

Electricity -

  • We now have both solar and traditional electricity powering the clinic
  • This is creating a hybrid model using both to generate electricity for the clinic.
  • Only two years ago we didn't even have solar power… now we have both solar and traditional electricity! First time in community history!

Ebola Prevention Program is in place:

  • Onemama put in place an ongoing educational program teaching the community on how to protect themselves from Ebola and diseases of that nature.
  • We have also put a protection protacal in place for our health providers and teams

We mostly fund the OneMama.org programs from our economic sustainability programs on our website donor page at onemama.org. The OneMama Collection that many of you purchase all year round and your monthly donations are what pay for our medical supplies, medical staff, and even many of our building upgrades on the ground in Uganda. We make very little go a long way, and I could not be prouder of the community, directors, and all those who have stepped up and started to take action to BE the change in the world.

We want to THANK each and every one of you in the OneMama World Community for helping us grow and evolve thru each of these stages of growth. We look forward to all that we can accompish together in the years to come not only for this clinic but the future 250 clinics that we will build together.

Sending each of you the gift of Light and LOVE in your lives and hearts.

Siobhan Neilland – Founder of OneMama.org

Clinic Health Day!
Clinic Health Day!

OneMama.org 2014 Updates!

We are growing and expanding in ways that truly are miraculous! Here are just a few of the changes that we started to make in 2014.

We still mostly fund the OneMama.org programs from our economic sustainability programs listed below.The OneMama Collection that many of you purchase all year round and your monthly donations are what pay for our medical supplies, medical staff, and even many of our building upgrades on the ground in Uganda. We make very little go a long way, and I could not be prouder of the community, directors, and all those who have stepped up and started to take action to BE the change in the world.

We really are all ONE Mama to each other and this is our living example.

Here is what's NEW…..

  • NEW clinic buildings and clinic rooms for partners services

o   We are no longer working out of mud hut conditions! We now have separated clinic buildings from staff and family buildings, improving overall community sanitation.

  • New Community Center area in use until our more robust Community Center buildings are constructed in next few years
  • Electricity - We now have both solar and traditional electricity powering the clinic

o   This is creating a hybrid model using both to generate electricity for the clinic.

o   Only two years ago we didn't even have solar power… now we have both solar and traditional electricity! First time in community history!

 

  • New Clinic Status

o   We are an official Ugandan Health center ll

o   Clinic can now support up to 350 people a day for our special events.

  • New OneMama Signs

o   Updated signage for the OneMama clinic and road to the OneMama Clinic

  • New paint jobs for the new clinic buildings in process
  • New OneMama Collection

o   Updated clothing collection to fund OneMama! The OneMama Collection created a new fashion-forward line to continue funding for our programs and entering larger markets.

o   This includes labeling and sizing for larger distribution.

  • New Partnerships for Medical Services 

o   Listed below all the new services

  • New Partnerships for Economic & Agricultural Development and Education

o   Listed below all the new services

  • Upgraded the General OneMama Organizational Processes and Communications

o   Updated communication processes to accommodate for OneMama.org’s international growth, both internally and externally. 

o   We want to make sure that we are poised to always be the voice the individuals in our OneMama communities.

  • Community Leaders and OneMama

o   Met with community advisors on how to continue our longevity and healthy future.

o   Community feels we are moving in right direction and is excited about our new clinic and services.

 

Details of Items Mentioned Above

 

New Partners for Clinic Services       

Partners that will assist our OneMama community health services

  • Dental programs monthly
  • New HIV programs

o   Makerere Walter Reed Project (circumcision organization) - 60% less chance of HIV than non- circumcised

  • Marie Stopes & SoftPower – expanded family planning services
  • Saving His Children – new outreach programs to focus on malnutrition
  • Surgical Clinic Partners – formalized referral processes and clinic room to perform basic procedures

Partners who will assist our OneMama community with economic services

  • Agriculture Corn Program – improving growth and going to market strategies
  • Agriculture Coffee Program – improving growth and going to market strategies
  • Artisan Crafts Program - implemented new processes and long-term goals for both local markets and global markets
  • Skills Development Programs – sponsored vocational training

o   Education CBO (Uganda Youth) - that offers scholarship for our OneMama members and community members for skills development 

 

Agriculture partner classes to assist the community and keep OneMama self-sufficient

  • Training for OneMama Community in crops that are easy to grow, of high quality, and yield high revenue and distribution.
  • Training for OneMama Community to pick a unique crop that is easy to grow, but unique to export
  • Training for OneMama Community in creating teams of women that sell as a cooperative unit within the community. Partners will train, mentor, and coach mentees through this process to establish intercommunity partnerships to sell locally.
  • Training on crops to sell as a community on the international market.

 

Economic Sustainability - Crafts & Clothing Program

  • We have increased our base of community members participating in the crafts & clothing educational programs. These programs provide funds for the clinics’ medical supplies and programs.
  • Quality of coin purses, paper beads, seed necklaces, hats, and African book bags has improved and community members continue to generate new design ideas.
  • We created a NEW OneMama Fashion Forward Collection of clothes that are more focused on a global market. This continues to assist in our primary funding of the OneMama.org staff and programs.

o   OneMama Collection New or Updated Items:

  •  Tear Drop Dress – Short (red, black, blue, green)
  • Tear Drop Dress – Long (red, black, blue)
  • Tear Drop Top – (red, black, blue, green)
  • New Action Hero Tops w/ Sleeves – no African fabric just cotton (red, black, blue, green)
  • New Long Skirts w/ Slit (black, blue, red, aqua)
  • New Short Skirts (black, blue)
  • New Halter Top -that ties and bottom is like action hero- (black, red, blue and green)
  • New Short Wrap Hoodie (black, blue, red)
  • New OneMama Patch that goes on all clothes
  • New Beaded OneMama Small Dolls
  • African “ Patchwork” bags

 

OneMama Collection Original items:

  • OneMama Dolls w/ Pigtails
  • OneMama Paper Beads ( all colors)
  • OneMama Seed Necklaces
  • OneMama Key Chains
  • Hoop earrings (all colors)
  • Wooden Bracelets 
  • Batik Bracelets
  • Coin Purses
  • Drums (various sizes)
  • Rattles
  • Baskets

 

OneMama Overall Organizational Updates

  • The international team for OneMama and local directors met to discuss the long-term (5 to 10-year goals) strategies for the OneMama Organization and the communities it supports.
  • We implemented new communication processes to keep all key personal more informed and interconnected locally and internationally. There is a new system in place, creating checks and balances to move us towards being a more efficient organization. This includes monthly international conference calls with all team members.
  • We increased nurse salaries and budgets for to keep our wonderful nurses happy and financially stable, to deter them from moving to other organizations.
  • We reevaluated all medical procedures and supplies to make sure we are up-to-date in the latest and best available resources to us with allotted budgets.
  • We reviewed and updated all budgets, taking into consideration the revenue that comes into our organization, how to increase existing donations, and how to utilize and budget more efficiently.
  • Directors have now started a new initiative to pursue alternative donor and NGO programs, both locally and internationally

 

Community Meetings

  • We met with the local community and the Community Advisory Board for OneMama.org.
  • We discussed all the new construction and long-term development plans.
  • Membership to OneMama Clinic and services was addressed and improved.
  • Community is excited that on Health Services and Partner Days we hosted up to 350-400 on site at the OneMama Clinic

 

We want to THANK each and every one of you in the OneMama World Community for helping us grow and evolve thru each of these stages of growth. We look forward to all that we can accompish together in the years to come not only for this clinic but the future 250 clinics that we will build together.

 

Sending each of you the gift of Light and LOVE in your lives and hearts.

Siobhan Neilland – Founder of OneMama.org

Kids at the clinic!
Kids at the clinic!
Family Planning Clnic
Family Planning Clnic
New OneMama Tear Drop Dress
New OneMama Tear Drop Dress
New OneMama Action Hero Tops and Skirts
New OneMama Action Hero Tops and Skirts

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The OneMama Clinic

The OneMama Clinic is as busy as ever! We remain the only government endorsed health clinic with a traditional midwife at its core in Uganda. As word of mouth spreads, our team of 6 directors, 2 onsite nurses, and traditional midwife Mama Jamira service a growing client base.

We are excited to announce The OneMama Clinic will be expanding health services! In addition to our existing malaria prevention partnership with Soft Power Health, OneMama will be partnering with other organizations to add new family planning services, dentistry, and host a monthly surgical team for onsite operations.

Congratulations to our OneMama Board of Directors in Uganda for paving a sustainable future for our pilot clinic with these new partnerships!

Siobhan is preparing for another trip to Africa this June-July to take these expansive partnerships to the next level. This is why we need your donations and pledges more than ever!
Please help OneMama finish building the OneMama Community Center

We are Surrounded by OneMama Action Heroes!
We're surrounded by OneMama Action Heroes! Thank you to all those in our OneMama family who have helped generate press and partnerships. Check out the updates as well as the latest article by Melissa Myers of CelebZter.com, who has interviewed the likes of Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, and now... Siobhan Neilland!

  • Showing Those in Need They're Loved and Matter in This World by Melissa Myers on CelebZter
  • We are All OneMama on this OneMother Earth on Elephant Journal
  • How OneMama Came to Be Poem on Elephant Journal

Siobhan & OneMama's Story is now Published and a best seller on Amazon!
May 3rd be the first to buy the book with Siobhan's story about starting OneMama The release of Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God: 73 Women on Life's Transitions featuring Siobhan's story is May 3rd! This is the handbook for all women to know they are not alone as they navigate through the many transitions we go through in life.

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Crafts Program
Crafts Program

Dear OneMama Action Heroes:

Because of YOU!…..

This last year has been one of the best years for the OneMama Organization since its inception in 2008 and it is a very grateful thank you to all of our donors, supporters, volunteers and all OneMama Action Heroes. We coined the term “OneMama Action Hero” because we understand the incredible sacrifice needed to make the OneMama Organization succeed and to be a part of this immense global movement to eliminate the poverty statistic with a universal impact.

So what does it mean to be a OneMama Action Hero?..................    It means many things: dedication, the fight for joy, the ability to continue moving forward no matter how difficult the sacrifice may seem at times, the ability to take your fears and transmute them into positive energy. It means to care for the children of the earth – as if each were our only child, take action to end injustice and defend innocence, fight for joy in our lives and the lives of others, extend a hand respectfully to those in need, allow others to reach out to us – and teach us all how to gratefully receive, and to guard our precious planet.........It’s because of this immense proclamation from supporters, donors, volunteers and all to being OneMama Action Heroes that we have been able to do grow so much in 2012/2013!

Here are some of the many things that we are working on now to finish the OneMama Pilot Program in Uganda and, ultimately, will lead us to our goal to build 250 OneMama clinics around the world in rural impoverished communities over the next decade:

We have begun in 2014 developing new dynamic partnerships that focus on the OneMama and ShaBoom Products social enterprise's to fund our future. We have been able to further establish these relationship and elevate them to new levels which will create opportunities to achieve our goals like never before.

Our development of OneMama partnerships are creating a new kind of manufacturing of the OneMama Collection Custom made items with other Non-Profit and Social Entrepreneurial organizations. These partners are growing in numbers and our OneMama collection items are gaining rapid popularity and we can’t wait to see how well these NEW products will serve as the long-term funding machine for all OneMama programs around the world!

We also have been developing new distribution channels for the ShaBoom Products line and by end of 2014 will be available in many more forums. These will be formalized and announced later this year.

Not only has our volunteer base grown from US events and programs to international efforts and sheer support for OneMama in Uganda from around the world, but our team of dedicated US Action Heroes has been able to put the OneMama Organization on the forefront of social enterprise from securing future projects to increasing sales of the OneMama Collection which 100% of proceeds benefits the Kirindi community members who made them, ultimately getting one step closer to Kirindi being 100% self-sustainable.

Our next step is to complete the final stages of the OneMama birthing and medical clinics, but also to complete the build out of the OneMama Community Center Pallapa which is one of the final and greatest steps that we can achieve for the pilot program for the community to become 100% self-sustainable by Year 10.

In this year, we are excited to announce another partnership we established that will build a OneMama Library. This will accomany the completion of the OneMama Community Center Pallapa.This is a wonderful contribution from proceeds from the first African Superhero Comic book that just was released from Sila our partner from Kenya. I can’t help but restate that early in my envisioning process for OneMama I claimed that at times I thought that building 250 OneMama clinics would be too difficult to reach. As I look back on what we have accomplished with our first OneMama clinic and how we have evolved, I am even more certain that our goal is attainable.

Thank you for all of your kind support and dedication to being OneMama Action Heroes.

Your donations of time, money and energy allow us to continue to march onward together and change the world!

WE are not THERE yet.. but we ARE MOVING.. PLEASE LETS KEEP the PACE and GIVE TODAY!

Sincerest Blessings, Siobhan Neilland Founder - OneMama USA & OneMama International and ShaBoom Products….

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Gifts that GIVE!
We are all a MAMA...
We are all a MAMA...
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