True Story: Mariama Boubacar

Mariama

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

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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!

Enjoy xx 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

True Story: Lidia

Lidia & Celia

Hi all~

I hope today has been a good-en’!

I’ll try and post at least one True Story: each week. It’s so encouraging to hear about women who’s lives have been changed and restored through the love of others. Today’s beautiful lady is Lidia – her story comes to us with much thanks to Compassion. This is her story.. Continue reading

The Sunflower Effect: Project Launch

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. Continue reading

Quick Facts About… The Millenium Development Goals

I’m on a mission to educate myself on the issues that are poisoning and destroying humanity. This blog is a major part of that endeavour. As a girl who has spent the best part of 25 years doing everything she possibly could to shield herself from the pain of the world, I’ve got a lot of learning to do.

I’ve done some reading and compiled some information to help me (and you, if you so desire) understand the goals and if there’s anything perhaps that I can do to help out. Continue reading