In December 2007, I formed the first Oklahoma chapter for Holistic Moms Network, a national nonprofit that supports parents who are passionate about natural health and green living. At that time, I didn’t realize just where that road would take me.
My short time with HMN made me increasingly aware and sensitive to the many and varied ways in which holistic alternatives and choices are often financially unattainable for women and their families who live in traditionally “at-risk” communities within the United States.
M.O.C.H.A. was conceived in the spirit of the renowned Brazilian anthropologist, Pauolo Friere, who, in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, argued that “substantive social change for folk on the margins of society needs to be initiated, directed, and defined by them and for them… from the bottom-up, not from the top down.”*
Committed to issues of sustainability, environmental justice, and promoting ideals of diversity and inclusiveness as essential to holistic living, I launched M.O.C.H.A. – Mothers of Color for Holistic Alternatives, a community-based organization that sees as its mission the promotion of healthy, natural alternatives and life choices for underrepresented minority women and their families.
M.O.C.H.A. is a grassroots community that speaks to the needs and concerns of women of color.
M.O.C.H.A. seeks to help strengthen the bonds between mothers and their children, bringing families and communities together and into contact with support structures, resources, and opportunities committed to truly advancing and making accessible to everyone eco-friendly and holistic lifestyles.
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[M.O.C.H.A. has a non-exclusivity policy and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. All who share the vision are welcome.]