ALBANY — Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia recently announced the winners of the 2019 Inspiring Mothers of Georgia awards.
Among them was a single mother of two children in Albany working two jobs.
After receiving nominations from many communities across Georgia, six honorees were selected. Among the honorees is Aisha Shah.
“Aisha is dedicated to serving her community,” HMHB Executive Director Elise Blasingame said. “Whether it be as a mother, volunteer, or coach, Aisha is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that others’ needs are met.”
Shah was born in Queens, N.Y., but was raised in Albany from the time she was a toddler. After graduating from Monroe Comprehensive High School, she furthered her education at Bishop State College on a scholarship — and later at Troy State University.
There was a break in her education due to the birth of her children, who are a year apart.
One of her classmates at Monroe, who works for HMHB, nominated her for the recognition. When she first learned of the nomination, she questioned its legitimacy.
“It was surprising at first,” Shah said. “I think nobody pays attention to me. I don’t think I am the most inspiring person, but to someone I was.”
Shah has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology. She currently works at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, as well as at a part-time job at the Hilton Garden Inn.
While she is not working, she volunteers with Habitat for Humanity — of which her mother is a recipient — and coaches a youth basketball team. She has two sons, Rahmiere Green, 7, and Rahmari Green, 6. Shah said the boys have a relationship with their father, although their parents are not together. He is part of the support system, as is Shah’s immediate family.
She gives a lot of credit to the younger members of the family for her motivation to move forward.
“My kids got me through it,” Shah said. “I want my kids to have more than I did. They are my inspiration.”
She said her advice to mothers is to be thankful for having a roof to live under, and to have fun and not overstress.
Her two jobs make it difficult to attend church every week, but she does put value in giving glory to God, even though she admits she is not the most spiritual person.
“It gets hard being a mother, first of all,” Shah said. “There are times you think you have failed as a mother.
“I pray 24/7, and just have faith. ... Every mother has an inspiring story.”
Each of the honorees was presented with their award along with gifts and prizes from their communities at Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies’ third annual Mother’s Day luncheon and Inspiring Mothers of Georgia awards celebration at Loudermilk Conference Center in Atlanta.