Sisterhood be the CHANGE cup

Good morning 🙂

I just added $80 to the Mercy House tally.. thanks to the generosity of my brother (!) and also our

 ‘sisterhood be the CHANGE cup’

… For one month we put all our coins in a cup for Mercy House, it adds up pretty quickly!

Cost me a few coins and took me 0 minutes..a really good way to raise money!

Here endeth the update.

Happy Friday!

xx

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

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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My Small Piece – Rosemary

I have to say I’m really enjoying this blogging project. The Sunflower Effect has given me the opportunity to find ways of helping others, which work in with my lifestyle (and budget!)

Yesterday I raised $10 for The Mercy House Kenya (and it didn’t cost me a dime). I know $10 isn’t much, but it’s a small piece which I have added to the puzzle. And that’s what The Sunflower Effect is all about – each of us putting our small pieces together so that women like the beautiful ones at Mercy House can have a better chance at life – and that they would know they are loved, cared about and noticed by women all over the world. Continue reading

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

3 Ways to Support New Mums (without spending a dime!)

In Kenya, life is tough for women – especially pregnant women who have no support. Many turn to back yard abortion and tragically, a lot of women die from abortion complications. These women – pregnant and without support – need a safe-haven.

The Sunflower Effect exists to help these women and their babies by raising money for Mercy House in Kenya.  Mercy House is taking in pregnant women, caring for them throughout pregnancy, labour and after.. as long as they’re needed!

It’s definitely a worthy cause – saving lives and all – but we can’t all necessarily afford to support them single-handedly.

If we are all going to put our money together – whatever small offering we can each bring – it adds up so quickly! So why not just give it a try. How about choosing one thing – one idea – to raise some money for Mercy House.. and then sit back and watch what can happen. Continue reading

Mercy Store

Good morning friends..

One aspect of The Mercy House that I really love is the fact that the women are taught different skills, including jewellery making, to give them options for income after the graduate from Mercy House.

What’s even cooler is that the items they make are sold online, in the Mercy Store with 25% of the proceeds being deposited into the personal bank account of the lovely lady who made it, to be used after graduation to help establish them in a business of their own! How cool is that?! Continue reading