I sponsored a child….

 

As most of you know I went to Cybher last weekend. I came away full of things I wanted to do. Whilst there I had a lovely chat with the people from World Vision and I signed up to sponsor a child.

Its been something that has been on my mind for a while, and the past few weeks K has been mentioning about helping the children in Africa a lot. I thought this would be something great for her to do as she can write to our sponsored child. She was so thrilled when I told her the following day, and showed her the card I had been given by World Vision of the child we are sponsoring.

I received my Welcome pack yesterday. I was reading through the literature they enclosed and it just broke my heart. I mean, you see adverts on TV. You see things such as Comic Relief and Sport Relief and the VT’s they show. You donate or fundraise where you can to give to these charities. You know a few of the facts but not all.

It’s terrifying that in this day and age there are children out there who are dying from simple, preventable causes and the amount of malnutrition there is! We are really lucky here to be able to have nice food to eat every day. To have the opportunity to have such items and to not have to go hungry for days or weeks or even years!

The little girl that we sponsor is in a country called Niger. I hadn’t even heard of Niger before Saturday! I want to share a little bit of information with you that was in the literature of my World Vision welcome pack.

Situated on the Southern edge of the Sahara desert in North West Africa, Niger is one of the hottest and driest countries in the world. Only 3% of the land gets enough rainfall to be farmed. The main crops grown are cereals like millet and sorghum, which are the staple food along with cotton and peanuts, which are grown for export.

  • Population: 14.9 million
  • Life expectancy: 45 years (UK 78.1)
  • 60.6% of the population live on less than US$1 a day
  • 259 of every 1,000 children die before their fifth birthday
  • 8 out of 10 adults cannot read or write

As a mother I find it so shocking and saddened that there are mothers, and fathers, out there who lose their children at a very young age. I couldn’t even begin to image going through that.

I really want to do good. I want to teach my children about how lucky they are and to not take such things like easy access to food and clean water for granted. I want to show the world what is going on. I want people to get involved and help. We shouldn’t still be fighting such poverty and malnutrition in 2012! Children should have access to food and clean water and an education!

I pledge to you, my readers, and to myself that I WILL do good. I WILL use this blog to help me do that and I WILL do my up most to get the message across and get more people involved to help.

 

Save The Children UK #66cities

Back in September I wrote a post about Save the Children and to try and get you, my readers, to sign a petition for David Cameron to fulfil his part in solving the Health Worker Crisis.

Since then, I have taken the steps to join Save the Children as a Digital Activist and become one of their #66cities champions to show support around ending the crisis in East Africa.

So what’s my role as a Digital Activist? Simple, it is my role to spread Save the Children’s campaign messages through my blog and Social Networking.

As I am also a #66cities champion, it is my role to campaign my local area on behalf of Save the Children. This entails writing letters to my local MP, Blog about it, Tweet about it, Facebook it, even go to the local press about it. To get their campaign message out there and to get YOU to help!

How can you help? That’s easy too! Please, just spare a few moments to complete a Charter to End Extreme Hunger petition. The petition can be found here 

Over 4,000 people have signed the petition but we still need more! We need YOU to sign the petition.

The price hike in food this year has put hundreds of thousands of children’s lives at risk, especially in places like East Africa.

No child in this day and age, no matter where they live in the world, be it in the Western World or in the the most remote places should die of hunger! There is just no need for it!

“The Charter sets out specific actions that governments should take to stop widespread starvation as a result of something as drought, high food prices and conflict. We want all governments to sign up to it.”

So will you please, just spare a few moment of your time, to sign the petition.

No Child Deserves to Die.

Operation Christmas Child

I heard about Operation Christmas Child (OCC) a few years ago and always wanted to get involved. Unfortunately, things crop up and I never quite managed it.

Operation Christmas Child, run by the charity Samaritans Purse , is the Worlds Largest Christmas project for children. Started in 1990, they have been sending gift filled shoe boxes to disadvantaged children in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

This year I was DETERMINED that we would do 2 boxes! One each for the children to do!

I popped in to my local shoe zone store and asked for 2 boxes. They are also a collection point, so were more than happy to hand over the boxes.

I then went and brought the gifts. There is a list on the OCC website of what you can and cannot include in the boxes. It can be found here.

We then wrapped our boxes in nice festive paper! You are required to make a minimum donation of £2.50 per box (for shipping costs). This year, if you are doing a box, you can donate online. You then print off a barcode and can actually track where your parcel goes! How cool is that?!

Here are our finished boxes!!

K’s Box for a Girl 2-4yrs

J’s Box for a Boy aged 5-9yrs

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Each box contains:

Pack of Stickers & Album, Notepad, Felt Pens, Bag of Mix Sweets, Cuddly Teddy, Woolly Hat, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Bar of Soap, Small Toy (Boy has a car and Girl has small Dora toy & Hairbands).

We’ve really enjoyed getting involved this year. The children enjoyed packing their boxes up! Hopefully next year we can do some more!!

Save The Children: How You Can Help

On Saturday 17th September 2011, an event was held in London for Bloggers and Vloggers. Unfortunately, I didn’t attend, but I am able to help out….and so are you!!!

On Tuesday. 20th September 2011, there is a UN General Assembly in New York and Save the Children need YOUR help to pressure David Cameron to fulfil his part in solving the Health Worker crisis. We need 60,000 signatures on the petition by Tuesday!! Can you spare 30 seconds to complete the petition?!?!

Michelle from Mummy from the Heart and Gemma from Hello it’s Gemma  have asked all Bloggers to pull together and get as many signatures on this petition as we can! You can sign the Petition here

They have also asked that we, as bloggers, write 100 words about a great Health Professional that you have encountered.

Here are my words:

If it wasn’t for my consultant , his Registrar and all the Midwives, Anaesthetists and Nurses at my local hospital, neither my baby daughter or I would be alive today.

You see, at 27 weeks pregnant, I started bleeding….badly! I was rushed in to hospital, after 30 minutes of trying to find a heartbeat, it was discovered (thankfully). No known cause was found. It took 2 more heavy, clotted bleeds to discover I had Placenta Praevia, Placenta Accreta  and the placenta was slowly coming away. I was kept in hospital on bed rest, for the rest of my pregnancy.

My daughter was delivered safely under a general anaesthetic. If it wasn’t for all of the above medical professionals, she wouldn’t have survived, and I could have bled to death.

We were lucky I had caring Health Professionals looking after us …. others are not that privileged.

Now, I ask you to do what you can to help! Blog, Vlog, sign the petition, Facebook it, Tweet it, Google+ it, tell your parents, friends and neighbours and pass on the link!!

Don’t let the children die!! Sign the Petition!!

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