Sometimes

26 Jan

Sometimes there are no words as your spirit cries out for change.

We would like to give credit to the photographer.   If you know who took this photo please share!

This is a gut-wrenching, heart sinking photo from South Africa.  It hurts to look at it.  Despair!  Sitting in the comfort of our homes it’s easy enough to dismiss our ability to affect change.  But we can!  We are a strong lot.  We have options here that others in the world do not have.

REVIVE

Immediate relief can be given via cash donations through charitable organizations such as:

* Red Cross International – “The American Red Cross responds to international disasters by sending financial assistance, pre-positioned relief supplies from our global warehouses, trained emergency response personnel, or any combination of the three.”

*Relief International – “Relief International meets the immediate needs of victims of natural disasters and civil conflicts worldwide with the provision of food rations, clean water, non-food items, transitional shelter and emergency medical services. Beyond emergency situations, Relief International’s field teams provide long term health and nutrition services to communities in need by operating clinics and training health workers. Relief International also provides water and sanitation programming, providing communities with access to clean water, decreasing the incidence of communicable diseases, and improving quality of life.”

SURVIVE

It’s time to look beyond cash donations, and get to the root of the problem: a place with broken systems that do not work.  Who out there is working on fixing the problem?  Who is bringing long-term hope and training to the poor in Africa?

* Send A Cow – “Our work has three core strands: strengthening people, farming and animals, and caring for the environment.  Working with people in groups, to make use of peer support, we train them in how to use their natural resources wisely to build thriving mixed crop-livestock farms. This includes training in natural – or organic – farming; and in livestock care. Where necessary, we provide good quality animals, seeds and tools to get families started.”

* Oxfam – “As well as becoming a world leader in the delivery of emergency relief, Oxfam International implements long-term development programs in vulnerable communities. We are also part of a global movement, campaigning with others, for instance, to end unfair trade rules, demand better health and education services for all, and to combat climate change.”

THRIVE

One small step, one small change in how things are done can make a huge difference.  Think a garden can’t thrive in Africa?  Think livestock can’t thrive?  Read on, my friends!

* Keyhole Gardens

The use of stones expand the planting season, retain warmth and nutrients, and retain moisture.  Stones also make it heavy weather resistant.  Such gardens rely heavily on table scraps and waste water along with other recyclable materials such as straw, cardboard, phone books. old cotton t-shirts, and other hot-compost items.

* Livestock Donations.

Goats, sheep, llamas, and farm animals can be donated to families through many charitable organizations.  In many cases the benefits are immediate.  Livestock, like goats, are drought resistant as well as produce nutritious milk.  Many of the farm animals donated also reproduce fast, giving more opportunities for inter-tribe gifting and famine relief.

We’d love to know what you think!  Did we miss something?  Is there an organization you’d like recognized?  Drop us a line!

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