Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Bloggers Unite For Hunger And Hope

Across the blogging community today bloggers are publishing posts about hunger in the world. We all know that a horrendous problem exists, but it's an opportunity for bloggers to use their network and influence to remind people of what is happening and how we can help.

I don't think there is much I can say - the statistic you can see below, that every 3.6 seconds somebody starves to death - says it all.

There are many ways we can help, but I would recommend visiting the UN World Food Program site where you can get read about the situation and get information about how we can all do our bit to end this ongoing tragedy.

Think about it.

The Hunger Site

Friday, 24 April 2009

What Is Peace?

Have a look at this video clip of Prem Rawat talking about peace. There are lots of ideas about what peace is, but I've found that I first need to feel it within myself before I can do anything else. Prem Rawat not only talks about it, but also helps us to actually experience it.

For more information about his message and the humanitarian work of his Foundation - TPRF - visit this site. You can also subscribe to the free newsletters Inspire here.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Bloggers Uniting For Hunger And Hope On April 29

On April 29, bloggers from all over the world will be writing a post to draw attention to the enormous problem of hunger in the world. This part of the Bloggers Unite campaign, whereby bloggers use their networking power to highlight how much hunger there is and hopefully do their bit to bringing about a solution.

Right now, more than 500 million people are living in "absolute poverty" and more than 15 million children die of hunger every year.

I, myself, will be writing a post on April 29 and displaying the badge. I would encourage as many other bloggers as possible to do the same. Find out more here.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

What A Wonderful World

I came across this song again the other day. Call me a sentimental old thing, but I do like it - What a Wonderful World by the great Louis Armstrong.

It is a wonderful world, and it's great to be reminded of it. And the ability to appreciate it is an often forgotten fact. How wonderful it would be, also, if we could all appreciate and enjoy this world and this life.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Cambodian Children's Fund

The Cambodian Children's Fund (CCF) is an organisation I have come across which is doing some incredible work with children in Cambodia.

It started with one shelter providing for the needs of 45 children, but now has five separate facilities where nearly 400 children receive nutrition and housing, as well as medical treatment, dental services and vaccinations. The children all participate in educational programmes and vocational training.

CCF is now also beginning to to provide suffering families better access to education, health care, food assistance and safe drinking water.

CCF was started by Hollywood executive Scott Neeson after a visit to Cambodia in 2003 when he saw the desperate conditions in which the children there were living.

If you would like to get involved, visit this page here. If you are interested in sponsoring a child, visit this page.

You can watch a short video about CCF below.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

World Fair Trade Day 2009

World Fair Trade Day 09 May 09 Info here

May 9 is World Fair Trade Day - also called Big Bang! It's to be a global festival to promote a Fair Trade solution to poverty, climate change and economic crisis.

Big Bang! will start with a solo drummer at first light in New Zealand on 9th May, and will circle the earth with events, crossing all cultures and traditions and close at sunset in Samoa. World Fair Trade Day brings performers and supporters, audiences and producers, politicians and voters, brands and businesses together to open markets and minds to the reality of sustainable living.

You can find events near you or register your own event at their website here.

The World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) emerged last year from the International Fair Trade Association as a direct response to the failure of the WTO to correct the imbalance in trade and to present a Fair Trade solution to issues we face today.

The President of WFTO, Paul Myers, made the following statement -

"Poverty, Climate Change and Economic Crisis are from the same place - greed and ignorance. It's time we all did something about it - it's time to change. We don't have to wreck the future to meet the needs of today. If we truly believe that Fair Trade is both sustainable and effective, then it is the solution to the world's financial crisis."

Below is a short video trailer for Big Bang! with Annie Lennox.

Monday, 6 April 2009

Habitat For Humanity Supplies Water In Tajikistan

Over 60 percent of the population of Tajikistan - close to the Afghan border - lives on less than $2 dollars a day and only 58 percent have access to clean and safe water.

The quality of water supply, sanitation and housing services have deteriorated due to the lack of government funding. Routine maintenance work is not carried out and drinking water is drawn from contaminated irrigation canals and ditches. Annually, almost half of the population contract one or more water borne diseases.

Habitat for Humanity has joined forces with the local NGO Nakukor to adapt and implement a low-cost solution to the problem–the “bio-sand” water filter. It consists of a concrete container with graded sand and gravel, topped with a diffuser and bio-layer. As water passes though the various layers, bacteria are filtered out. This technology is simple yet effective and can be easily assembled and maintained by the families. One filter costs $163 and provides clean drinking water for two families. When the family repays the costs, money goes into the revolving fund and filters can be installed in other households of the community.

To find out more about Habitat For Humanity and how you can get involved visit my previous post here and visit their site here.

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