global new born conferenceHere in the US we are blessed with many places mothers can take their children for  maternal education, immunizations and care.  Around the globe  many mothers are not so fortunate.   There are many global initiatives to help change this situation and improve the health of babies thus giving them a strong start in life.   The upcoming Global  Newborn Health Conference in South Africa is a wonderful event that will offer NGO’s, researchers and health experts the opportunity to come together.  Through their collaborative work they will develop programs that will positively impact newborn health around the globe.   The conference will challenge these experts to answer the questions  “Why are so many newborns in the poorest countries dying? And what can we do as a global community to save them?”

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UN Photo/Albert González Farran

 I encourage you to  join me in spreading the word about this important event on April 15 -18 in Johannesburg, South Africa  You can follow these organizations on Twitter for conference updates.  You can also follow Dr. Gary Darmstadt (@gdarmsta),    on Twitter.  He is the  Director of the Family Health Division of the Gates Foundation and will be tweeting daily “Did You Know?” facts about newborn health

 

 

UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

 

Empowerment thru creativity

1000 Shillings

Around the globe there are many who sell their creative work to support themselves.  Many times in third world countries the artisans do not receive adequate monetary compensation for their beautiful work.   It is unfortunate that some large corporate organizations who can afford to pay higher sums, purchase the artistic work at very low prices and re-sell the work for quite large profits.

The organization 1000 shillings is working to highlight and showcase  the beautiful bead work of several  Ugandan woman  at fair trade values.   This wonderful organization  was established to offer these women a platform to sell their beautiful products on the world market.  Each sale will help the artisan to build towards establishing their own local business.  This in turn will improve the life of the children and families of each woman.  These sales also will improve the local economy thereby benefiting the entire community.  With an improved local economy there is bound to more access to education/schools, improved infrastructure and more healthcare.

Ananse is the Adinkra symbol for creativity and wisdom

Ananse is the Adinkra symbol for creativity and wisdom

The beads being sold are all limited edition unique pieces of jewelry.  With this being a season of giving we all should consider purchasing gifts that can truly make an impact!!  You can learn more about the artisans, their beautiful jewelry and the great work being done at  the 1000 Shillings webpage. 

1000 Shillings

Giving Tuesday November 27

Each year we all enjoy many holiday traditions with family and friends that bring big bright smiles to those we love.   Here in US  the Friday after Thanksgiving  has become a HUGE shopping date known as Black Friday.  The development of  the  cyber world has brought the addition of Cyber Monday ….. a big Internet shopping date.  We all now have the opportunity to add  a great  tradition to this string – Giving Tuesday!!
This coming Tuesday  November 27, 2012  many charities, families, businesses and individuals are coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.  What a wonderful new tradition to add to the holiday giving season!!!

There are many ways to join this great giving campaign.  Visit the Giving Tuesday website and find resources, ideas and most importantly great ways to get involved.

Together we can make a difference and create a tradition of generosity!

Donate to Stop Hunger

WFP

Around the globe there are so many children that  go to bed hungry  each day.  The World Food Programme  is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger. Through voluntary donations  this non-profit organization is bringing  nutritious meals to hungry children in many countries of the world.  School meal programs provided by this organization act as a nutritional safety net for poor families.  This helps keep children in school thereby giving the family a brighter future.   

The Huarimarca School located in Bolivia is just one of the many sites where The World Food Program offers school meals daily. The WFP has created a wonderful opportunity for us to join them in getting to know the children attending this school.  They are currently collecting notes, messages Huarimarca School .  What a wonderful chance to send a positive note across the miles showing support and encouragement to these little students.  

 

To send a note to the students at  Huarimarca School 

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Send a message to children in Bolivia

Send a note or question

 

 

WOFORO DUA PA A represents support and encouragement

WOFORO DUA PA A -Adinkra symbol that represents support and encouragement

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