As many of you now know an inspiring friend to us all, with a very powerful voice Eden, left her two children at home in Australia and flew out to Niger with World Vision Australia, to raise awareness of the hardship, the plight and conditions that face the families who live there. It has been in the forefront of my mind, churning daily as to what we can all do to help. Throughout my life children have been a prolific feature. My mother was a paediatric nurse, my cousin was a missionary in Swaziland and I have worked with children for many years and still do.
Unfortunately it is not just World Vision Australia that need assistance to help children, on our own door step here in Australia there are many children who need help too, the children who have no voice or their voice has been silenced through abuse and trauma. It is an area that is talked about in hushed tones; child abuse. Child abuse is one of lowest forms of human behaviour it is intolerable, non acceptable and makes me sick to my stomach. It is not something we want to think about or seemingly talk about, yet it occurs daily. Easy Peasy Kids sponsor Angels of the Forgotten “Giving Dignity, Hope & Joy” run by the inspirational Melina Skidmore. Another amazing advocate raising awareness is Cate Bolt who established Foundation 18 “Our five year goal is to have every child in Ringdikit fully immunised and attending school at least to senior high school level.”
There are thousands of things I do not understand, I do not understand why governments and politicians do not do more to help, I do not understand the distribution of aid and do not understand never ending human conflict but I do understand that no matter how little we do a lot of littles together can make a difference.
All our life circumstances are unique; our story, our beliefs,our values, our likes and our dislikes, so many differences and all of us have something to worry about everyday. But if we take only one minute to imagine a life where nothing and I mean nothing is ever known….. You do not know if you will eat today, you do not know if your circumstances will allow you to see another day, you just do not know. This applies to many worldwide and in Australia.
When I imagine not having what I do have and living with my children where everything is an unknown it makes me realise that life is a set of circumstances that some of us have no control over. The last seven days I’ve been reflecting on children who have no choice where ever they are and they have given me a voice and a passion to help. Putting my life into perspective, getting my head of of the sand and hoping you will help me make a difference.
My Sponsor Child
My sponsor child has a gorgeous name, he is called Bright, he is seven years old just like my son. Bright loves playing football, just like my son. Bright is my sponsor child, a new brother to my daughter and son and in honour of my mother also a grandson. Although mum’s Alzheimer’s is at the final stages, her eyes light up around children and I know how much helping Bright would mean to her. Bright I’m now hoping his name “giving out or reflecting a lot of light; shining” along with the sponsorship gives Bright the opportunity to shine.
I may be coming over a bit strong, I may be pushing guilt buttons, I know there is only so much we can do but doing something is better than doing nothing.
It costs $43 a month to sponsor a child and I know for many that is a big ask so this is my idea. Logistically I may sound insane but I know deep down it is doable but I need YOUR help.
“It takes a Blogging Community to raise a child”
On Tuesday 5th June 2012 between 11am-2pm I am inviting forty of YOU to my house, yes I said house. With forty of us here we can form groups of five contributing $10 a month and sponsor Eight children as a community. This amount will also ensure that Angel for the Forgotten and Foundation 18 also receive support or a charity of your choosing. I will launch this get together on Eventbright on Friday this week. Do I know forty Melbourne bloggers? I’m not sure but I will be finding out.
Now if you do not live in Melbourne or cannot come and join the get together I would love you to host your own morning or evening sponsoring a child or donating to any cause close to your heart. It would be great if the get together was on the same day or even in the same week. If you feel better hosting at the local coffee shop, in the park, at work it really is what suits you. What suits you to make a postive difference.
If you are not a blogger and would like to host your own get-together I am happy to help out in any way I can or you can attend my get together.
We can then Blog, Tweet, Facebook, Google+, Stumble upon it, Pinterest etc…. and continue with all Our Voices to be heard, our voices making a difference in a child’s life, whether it be World Vision, Angels for the Forgotten or a Charity of your choosing.
I appreciate there are many good causes and this is only a tiny little step, a little step is still better than no step.
Let us make Eden’s trip to Niger worthwhile, let us give children a better life, a life with a future and a life with some hope.
As Eden says “I will always believe that Giving = Good. Always. Sometimes, things just ARE that simplistic.
All children have the right to what follows, no matter what their race, colour sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, or where they were born or who they were born to. You have the special right to grow up and to develop physically and spiritually in a healthy and normal way, free and with dignity.You have a right to a name and to be a member of a country. You have a right to special care and protection and to good food, housing and medical services.You have the right to special care if handicapped in any way. You have the right to love and understanding, preferably from parents and family, but from the government where these cannot help. You have the right to go to school for free, to play, and to have an equal chance to develop yourself and to learn to be responsible and useful. Your parents have special responsibilities for your education and guidance. You have the right always to be among the first to get help. You have the right to be protected against cruel acts or exploitation, e.g. you shall not be obliged to do work which hinders your development both physically and mentally. You should not work before a minimum age and never when that would hinder your health, and your moral and physical development. You should be taught peace, understanding, tolerance and friendship among all people.
Less Talking, More Doing “Action for Children”
On Friday I will send out invites through Eventbright, if you would like to attend the get together at my house, leave a comment. If you would like to be a host also leave a comment as I will have a link up on Friday for everyone to see.
Thanks for reading
The invites have been emailed if you would like to attend send me an your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you an eventbright invitation
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