A Bundle of Joy

Should the Australian government be giving more money to charity? Are we giving enough already? Or can we even afford it?

I don’t know the answers to these questions – in an ideal world though, I think we should definitely be giving more – but then again, if it was an ideal world, there’d be no poverty!

World Vision Australia’s Bundle of Joy campaign is all about getting Australians together for one cause: asking the Government to give more to impoverished mothers and their babies in the next budget (due in May).

The global community has made significant progress in reducing child deaths over the past decade or so. In 1990, 12.4 million child deaths were recorded globally. By 2010, this figure had reduced to 7.6 million.

While this shows we are making great progress, we still have far to go. The death rates of newborn babies in developing countries is still unacceptably high, with infant mortality of newborns during their first 28 days making up 40 percent of global child deaths.

(- World Vision Australia)

So how can we get involved? World Vision is encouraging people to sign their petition and to also write letters to the government. I mean – why not?! Let’s get involved and see if the government can squeeze a few more mill out of their pockets..

I’ll definitely be doing my bit to support this initiative!

Here’s a little clip to give more insight into where this money needs to go (click here to view.)

My current blogging project – The Sunflower Effect – is raising money for The Mercy House Kenya, a home for pregnant women/mothers and their babies. It’s really exciting! There is more info below but if you’re interested in supporting the work of Mercy House, visit our secure Razoo site here.

Anyway, chow for now! I’ve got to go and pick some rosemary bunches from my garden to sell at a local fruit and veg co-op – one little way I’m putting my small piece towards a better world for mums and their babies. I’ll keep you posted. Let me know how you go with yours!

Joni xx

About The Sunflower Effect

There are many things I take for granted. The fact that I have food to feed my children – I take that for granted. When I am pregnant, I assume there will be quality health care available to me and my baby. If my children are sick, I know I can pop out to the doctor or chemist for advice and medicine. Without realizing it, our family is kept alive and well by the infrastructure of our country.

The thought that my children would miss out on food for hours, days, even weeks.. until their tiny bodies can no longer function – that’s a thought I’ve never had to ponder, let alone fear. Unfortunately, a large portion of the mothers in our world do have to think through this scenario, fear it and all too often – experience it.

I’m a busy mum. My husband has a business and we have three young children. Like everyone, life is full. But I can’t shake that small still voice inside me which whispers, “No mother should have to watch their child die from hunger..” When I’m going about my day, loving my kids, feeling frustrated by my kids, dropping into bed exhausted by the end of the day – every now and then the thought enters my mind, “Why do some mums miss out on the opportunity to care for their kids like I do?”

The reality is, right now in the western world, as we raise our children and establish our lives, the large majority of us mums are unable to actually go overseas and help – in a hands on way. We can give though, and if we give together, we can make a real difference. It actually doesn’t cost as much as you’d think. Organisations like Mercy House Kenya do amazing things on a tiny budget. They have perfected the art of doing a lot of good, for a small amount of money. The money we give allows the people at The Mercy House Kenya to do what they do best – give life, hope and a future to mothers who are otherwise without all these.

Here’s my idea:

I want to raise money to support The Mercy House. I don’t want to (and can’t!) do it alone. I want to do it with you – the readers – if you’re keen and agree with me; that other mums deserve just as much opportunity as we do.

These precious ladies have just moved into The Mercy House Kenya (left to right, Violet, Elizabeth and Lucy)

No matter how small (or big!).. every donation will allow Mercy House Kenya to help women and their babies. If we all give the bit we can afford, together we can make a large donation to help the people at Mercy House Kenya do what we can’t do right now. The Sunflower Effect is signed up at Razoo (kinda like the EverydayHero site). You can donate at Razoo by clicking here and the money will go directly to Mercy House!

What is Mercy House Kenya?

Mercy House Kenya was started by Kristen Welch from We Are That Family (blog) last year as a safe haven for women who are pregnant and in danger. Annually, 21,000 women are hospitalized from having an illegal, unsafe abortion in Kenya (Center for Reproductive Rights). With rape being incredibly common and 1500 women dying in childbirth everyday in Africa (WHO), Kristen and her family decided to do what they knew God wanted them to do and opened a home in Kenya. The home is run by Maureen, a Compassion International Leadership Graduate and provides medical care, counselling, safety, bible teaching, education, opportunities for future self-employment and more.

What can you do?

There are three things you can do right now which would really help kick start the project.

1. Tell your friends. Every (1) Matters is on facebook (Joni’s Jottings) and twitter (@jonisjottings). If you like what you have read, please share this post wherever you can. Feel free to use information on this blog to inform others. You could also email your friends and family about The Sunflower Effect!

2. Pray. I really believe that God is supporting this little project and that He will be right behind us as we raise these funds and talk about these issues. If you feel that way inclined, I’d love to have your support in prayer. Things always work better when God is on board 🙂

3. Donate. I know, everyone is after your money. If you don’t want to donate, that’s cool. If you do, thanks! Any amount, even $10 is wonderful! If we all gave at $10 we’d be there in no time.

I’m really excited about doing this – I hope you are too 🙂 Let’s do this thing together.

*The Sunflower Effect supports the work of The Mercy House Kenya and Kristen Welch (wearethatfamily.com)

 

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5 thoughts on “A Bundle of Joy

  1. This is an extract from an article I read just this morning.

    Peru this Week reported 1. The U.S. government’s international aid body, USAID. In Fiscal Year 2010, USAID spent $87.6 million in Peru. Of that total, more than $32 million was spent on “alternative development:” resources and information designed to encourage coca growers to take up other pursuits. It makes sense, and is eminently fair, that the US government is footing a large part of the bill, since the cocaine trade is as damaging to the United States as it is to Peru.

    Of the USAID budget, another nearly $14 million is destined for environmental programs. Again, this is fair. The Amazon rainforest is an important resource for the whole planet; if it stopped converting carbon into oxygen, the whole world would suffer the effects of climate change. Would it make sense, then, for Peru alone to pay for the preservation of its share of this forest? Of course not.

    1. http://www.peruthisweek.com/column-109-Peru-and-the-Bill-Gates-affair/

    There are issues around the world that have a global impact, and therefore, the global community ought to share in the burden of resolving them. There is a bigger picture to every global issue and let’s face it, we may be Australian but we are also citizens of planet earth.

    If we fail children, wont we (citizens of earth) be delivering a verdict inhumanity against our very selves? Wouldn’t inaction to preventable mass destruction of human life make us (citizens of earth) partly responsible for the deaths of millions?

    How can citizens of planet earth from compassion and human reason allowing the degradation of he values that we claim to uphold on this planet.

    “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.” Luke 4:18

  2. ‎”There are issues around the world that have a global impact, and therefore, the global community ought to share in the burden of resolving them. There is a bigger picture to every global issue and let’s face it, we may be Australian but we are also citizens of planet earth.

    “If we fail children, wont we (citizens of earth) be delivering a verdict inhumanity against our very selves? Wouldn’t inaction to preventable mass destruction of human life make us (citizens of earth) partly responsible for the deaths of millions?

    “How can citizens of planet earth turn away from compassion and human reason allowing the degradation of the values that we claim to uphold on this planet.”

    “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.” Luke 4:18

  3. Ah Joni, now it’s your turn to make ME cry!! So love your heart, and that you are acting on your convictions. I will look up the World Vision campaign, and share about the Sunflower Effect xx

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