Week’s Wrap Up

Hi all

I’m off to Colour so I won’t be on here much for the next few days..

But before I go, here’s a little wrap up of the week, in case you missed anything.

I started the week sharing a little bit about myself and why The Sunflower Effect means so much to me..

..plus we jumped on board with the Mercy Spring Drive (no cars involved!).. I’m collecting non-fiction soft cover books for the Mercy House school room. Contact me if you’d like to donate any....and we learned about Mariama Boubacar and her family and how she has learned important tips which will help keep her future children alive..

Mercy House is going amazing things and I love being a small part of that! I hope you do too 🙂

Have a lovely weekend everyone!!

Joni xx

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

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Week’s Wrap Up

It’s been a nice quiet week this week ~

My eBay auctions ended – so I gave another small piece towards Mercy House ..

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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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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

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

Profile: Cotton On Foundation

There are many people and organisations working towards the same goal: improving child and maternal survival and health standards. In these profile posts I’ll try and spread the word on the good works people are doing to change the situation … Continue reading

News Flash: New Baby Born @ Mercy House!

Yesterday a precious baby was born to Sarah, one of the residents at The Mercy House. During a routine check-up, doctors diagnosed her baby with fetal tachycardia and Sarah underwent an emergency caesarian. The baby – a tiny little boy … Continue reading

Meet the Ladies at Mercy House

Today I thought it would be fun to meet the beautiful women currently living at The Mercy House Kenya.

These women all have stories – many of them are pregnant due to rape or because they were forced to sell their bodies into prostitution so they could buy food.

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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