Today’s media throws stories at us left and right demonstrating horrific injustice, persecution and inequality of women at the hands of men, often leaving us with feelings of hopelessness for the world we live in. A common argument is that men are at the root of these problems, and that it is up to women to fight for a better future for girls everywhere.

But how often do we actually involve men in the conversation about women and girls? In current discourse regarding equality and opportunity, men are all too often left out of the conversation. We believe this is detrimental to the future of our world, especially when there are men who are champions for women globally. Their stories just aren’t being heard. We believe it’s time for them to be told.

Our newest Stop the Pity video highlights Mama Hope’s partners in Africa who are dedicated to empowering their entire community by investing in women and girls. They see the positive impact women have on the world, and in this video they broadcast their love for women and their vision for the future.

The Men for Women Campaign is a compilation of clips from men around the world, talking about the women they love, their vision for women in the future, and challenging the men in their life to get involved. Our hope is that this campaign will open a space for men to support women and be a part of the conversation on human equality. Mama Hope aims to shift the perception, not only of communities in Africa but of communities worldwide. We believe we are better together. What we have learned through our interviews is that men love women because they bring out the best in all of us.

Please join Mama Hope’s Men for Women campaign by uploading your own video at menforwomen.us.

 

Watch the videos

Meet Maria, Sara, Leah and Vicky. Four tech-savvy business women in Kenya, who also happen to be from the Maasai tribe, one of the oldest tribes on the planet. Expand ›

In this Stop the Pity video, we want to challenge the perception that Africa is stuck in the past. Africa is brimming with entrepreneurs running their own businesses, homes and lives and creating technological solutions that are leapfrogging our own. But somehow, despite all of this ingenuity, the prevalent media images we see about Africa promote the idea that Africans are only hungry, sick, impoverished and unable to cope with the changing world around them.

We wanted to challenge this stereotype because we feel that these images get in the way of communities being connected with the best resources possible to create a thriving life for themselves and their families. We believe that this video creates a more positive and realistic image of our partner communities. We are dedicated to funding the most innovative projects, so that they can build a prosperous future for the next generation and generations to come.

This video also launches Mama Hope’s text2give platform. Every time someone texts MAMA to 501501, they donate $10 to help Mama Hope connect our partner communities with the resources they need to build schools, connect solar power, provide healthcare, and much more. Want to build the future with us? Text MAMA to 501501 today!

Just in time for International Woman’s Day… it’s time to get schooled in the women’s art of netball. Mama Hope believes that everyone should have a say in how they’re represented. Expand ›

When asked what they would make a film about, the women of the Nyamonge neighborhood of Chiga village in Kisumu, Kenya said, “Netball. We always see African women as sad and poor. We want to make a video about something we love.”

These women are multidimensional. Some own small businesses. Some farm, sell dried fish, make breakfast breads, sell fabric and scarves, or sing for a living. All of them are mothers and most are caregivers for orphans in their own home. They are leaders of water committees and microfinance groups. They also carry water on their heads for miles, live in one room homes with mud packed walls, and worry about paying their children’s school fees. Their ability is infinite and inspiring. Amongst all this, It’s practice four times a week and, at times, walking over four miles for tournaments. These ladies don’t mess around.

Created by Bryce Yukio Adolphson

Written by Carolyn, Josephin, Nelly, Lynet and the Mama Hope team.

Call Me Hope sets out to show the energy and potential of Africa and the interconnectedness we share. It is only when people are no longer seen through the stereotypes of poverty that we can begin to see we are not so different from each other. Expand ›

Call Me Hope is a family album. It’s a cross-section of our projects and personal experiences. Not just of this year, but of the relationships reaching back to 2006 when Nyla first met our oldest partners. We feel this video is the truest representation of these relationships we have. From the schools to the gardens to the shops, everyone involved is an equal partner.

Read our blog post here.

Directed by Joe Sabia and Bryce Yukio Adolphson

Shot and edited by Bryce Yukio Adolphson

After viewing our first STP video, “Alex Presents Commando,” the Kenyan men in this video told us they wanted to make one that pokes fun at the way African men are portrayed in the media. Expand ›

They said, “If people believed only what they saw in movies, they would think we are all warlords who love violence.” They, like Mama Hope, are tired of the over-sensationalized, one-dimensional depictions of African men and the white savior messaging that permeates our media. They wanted to tell their own stories instead, so we handed them the mic and they made this video.

We started this series so you could begin to reimagine Africa. It is only when people are no longer seen through the stereotypes of poverty that we can begin to see we are not so different from each other. We wanted our supporters to see that Africa is full of progress, potential, and hope. The “Stop the Pity. Unlock the Potential” video campaign is our first step towards building a global society based on hope and connection. If you agree with us, join our movement and raise awareness! Join us in unlocking potential for a better future for all.

Created by Joe Sabia and Bryce Yukio Adolphson

Written by Benard, Brian, Derrick, Gabriel and the Mama Hope Team.

In the first video of our series, meet Alex. He is a happy, healthy, 9 year-old boy at St. Timothy’s School in Moshi, Tanzania. In Alex, we see intelligence, a great memory and a sparkling personality. He doesn’t want your hand-me-down t-shirts but if you will listen, he will tell you he wants to become president of Tanzania… and, of course, how much he loves action movies! Expand ›

When he learned we were from California, he immediately started talking about our former Governor and action movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Then he launched into a 15 minute play-by-play recap of the entire plot of the classic “Commando”. How could we not share this amazing footage with you?

After that exceptional moment, we started thinking about the 9 year olds we know and it was all too clear that even continents apart they had the same essential qualities we love: imagination, creativity, and hilarity. These are the messages we want to share.

Created by Joe Sabia
Shot by Bryce Yukio Adolphson