Friday, 31 July 2009

Humane Award

Today I received this award from Rebecca at cat lovers site.

Many, many thanks for this, Rebecca. You're so kind!

The “Humane Award” rules are as follows:“The Humane Award honours certain bloggers who express kindness, caring and compassion for others.

Their blogs are also amazing and are tastefully done on a daily basis.

Link back to the person who gifted you with the award and share the love with other bloggers.”

Now it’s my turn to pass this lovely award to others:

Maitri's Heart

Maitri's Notes, Quotes & Flashing Thoughts...

Of Living, Loving... And Coping

Red Pine Mountain

Therapy Home

Thursday, 30 July 2009

WaterAid At Glastonbury Festival 2009

WaterAid was at Glastonbury Festival 2009. The short film below was shown several times on the giant screens at the Pyramid and Other stages, and now you can watch again here! For more information about the work of WaterAid, visit their website.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Wish For Peace And Contentment

Image: YPI
© The Prem Rawat Foundation

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Cooking Things Up - To End Child Hunger

5 MBA students at the University of California, Irvine, as part of their EDGE course, created and launched an Amazon web store - Cooking Things Up! - which features cooking items, accessories and books for all culinary levels. Each team on the EDGE course is responsible for designing an Amazon web store where proceeds benefit a cause of their choice.

With Cooking Things Up purchases and shipments are secure and backed by Amazon’s ‘A-to-Z guarantee’. 100% of proceeds benefit World Food Program operations in Niger and provide severely undernourished children with the nutrients they need to survive, obtain an education and participate in their communities.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Our Water, Our Waste, Our Town

Our Water, Our Waste, Our Town is the name of the new urban tool kit that Water Aid has published. The toolkit is designed to help develop informed and proactive citizen engagement.

WaterAid say that the voice of the urban poor must be heard if the water and sanitation crisis is going to be addressed in developing countries. Over the next 30 years, developing countries are predicted to triple their population size and account for 80% of the world’s urban population - the majority of whom will live in improvished slums without access to basic services.

Timeyin Uwejamomere, WaterAid policy officer, says "Lack of access to water and sanitation is proving a major health crisis and is a key contributor to child mortality – which in slums can be up to twice rural figures. Globally, 4,000 children die every day from preventable diseases caused by a lack of safe water and sanitation; an increasing number of whom live in slums.”

For more information about the work of WaterAid, visit their site here.

Monday, 20 July 2009

Walk The World: End Hunger

Last month hundreds of thousands people in 24 time zones and 80 countries walked to raise awareness and funds to prevent the 25 000 people dying every day - watch the video.

Some facts -

  • 1.02 billion people do not have enough to eat - more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union.
  • 25,000 people (adults and children) die every day from hunger and related causes.
  • The number of undernourished people in the world increased by 75 million in 2007 and 40 million in 2008, largely due to higher food prices.
  • Every six seconds a child dies because of hunger and related causes.
  • More than 70 percent of the world's 146 million underweight children under age five years live in just 10 countries, with more than 50 per cent located in South Asia alone.
  • 10.9 million children under five die in developing countries each year. Malnutrition and hunger-related diseases cause 60 percent of the deaths
Source: World Food Program.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Responsible Hotels Of The World

Responsible Travel have just just launched their new collection - Responsible Hotels of the World.

Responsible Travel say this - "For us, the essence of a responsible holiday is having an experience that encapsulates the destination you are in. One which is true to its culture; which embraces and engages local people and food; which is dedicated to preserving the indigenous natural world for future generations."

They have very strict criteria, which hotels must adhere to and the properties themselves publish a section on their sites explaining how they make a difference. There is also an independent review system which ensures that responsible standards are maintained.

The idea of this new collection is to give people a choice of hotels which not only have high standards of responsible practice, but also offer something authentic and unique.

Hotels can be booked through Responsible Travel.

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