It’s a Bake-Off!

You’ll have to excuse me.. I’m having a bit of a proud mum moment. Even though it’s been a month since the fact, I’m bubbling with happiness that somehow, my kids seem to be getting it.. They’re beginning to understand the impact they can have on the world.. That they have power, wealth, priviledge* to share with others.

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One More Woman, One More Baby – Both Safe

Another amazing, beautiful story… another woman saved… another child saved…

Read here about Edith and her precious baby Hawi… last week was a tough one for them, but they made it through and are now in the loving hands of Mercy.

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I went to parts of Colour Conference last week and really enjoyed myself – as I always do there! So, there are many thoughts banging around in my mind, too many to be able to write about yet.. I need to sort it all out before I can put it down here. So please forgive me if my postings are sparse this week!

Joni xx

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

True Story: Mariama Boubacar

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Name: Mariama Boubacar

Age: 25 years

Origin: A hamlet near Ouallam, in the west of Niger

I was married at 15 and pregnant at 17. Unfortunately, that first baby died through lack of assistance. It was only on the third day of labour that the baby came into the world lifeless. At the end of my second pregnancy I ended up with fistula because no-one helped me during birth. Continue reading

True Story: Conny

After a great week raising money and awareness at The Sunflower Effect last week, I’m feeling inspired and excited for this week. Thursday was International Women’s Day – and the launch of The Challenge. I’ve finished my challenge – if you want to get involved and do it yourself, click here for more info!

Today I’ve posted Conny’s story – a good news story 🙂 It’s good to read the good new stories – not just the heart breaking ones – and be encouraged and inspired!

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Elizabeth

I set myself a challenge today, International Women’s Day…

…and chose to write to Elizabeth, a girl, 17 years old, soon to become a mother, who has chosen to fight for a better life for herself and that of her child…

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I don’t know her story, but I know that it’s a sad one. And yet she has such a beautiful smile.

For me, today is about celebrating Elizabeth and others like her. Where do they find the courage to fight? How do they ever trust again? I just don’t know.

I think the strength women possess passes understanding. Especially when they realize how much they are Loved.

Elizabeth

 

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

Guest Posting @ Sharni’s

Today – International Women’s Day – I’m posting over at my lovely friend’s blog: Sharnanigans. Come on over  and say hi 🙂

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

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.

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When Frustration Gets the Better of Me

I wrote this post about a month ago, when I was working my little toosh off, getting everything ready to launch The Sunflower Effect (if you don’t know what The Sunflower Effect is, click here for info). I thought you might like to read it.

Be encouraged 🙂

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Frustration has been dogging me all day. I tried everything I could think of to get rid of the gnawing feeling in my gut. I did some housework, wrote a list, watched some Gilmore Girls but none of it worked (that’s how bad I was feeling – even Gilmore Girls didn’t work!!)

So finally I sat down and had a chat with God.. which should really be the first thing I do but it usually isn’t (note to self: change this habit!)

I told God how frustrated I was, about the fact that I really  want to make a difference in this world but that it just all seems too hard. I told him that I felt like I had hit a wall. How on earth could I do anything which would change the lives of those dying from normal, everyday things like being pregnant and having a baby? Continue reading

CNN Story Helps Inspire Mercy House Founding

In 2010, after returning from a trip to Kenya with Compassion, blogger Kristen Welch read a story which broke her heart. It was one of many signs pointing Kristen and her family towards starting Mercy House Kenya.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Beatrice was 14 when she died after an illegal abortion last year, and left a hole in her mother’s heart. Continue reading

The Story of Hadija and Moses

“My twins were born alive; I held them in my arms and it was beautiful. I tried desperately to feed them, but my body was too weak to produce the breast milk they needed. I did everything I could to source nourishment for my babies; I fed them water every day. And yet sat by helplessly as I watched my precious children die one after the other.”

These are the words which broke my heart. The words which started The Sunflower Effect. The words of a heartbroken mother. One who lost six babies – babies who should all be alive today, but aren’t. Simply because there was no help.

This beautiful mother – Hadija is her name – recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy. She named him Moses. Moses is healthy and alive. Why? Because there was help. The Compassion Child Survival Program stepped in and saved Moses and changed Hadija’s life forever. Continue reading