Last night as I turned on the news I saw something unexpected. Not the normal North American newsreel, or civil unrest that is going on seemingly all over the world, but a video clip from China, of a toddler being run down in the street, and then left for over 7 minutes as people walk by, around her, and do nothing. Then horrifically another vehicle comes down the narrow paved street and runs her over a second time, stopping to see it is a small human, and driving off. Finally she is rescued by a well-meaning samaritan woman. Sadly after 2 weeks of trying to save her tiny life, she died. Heartbreaking for so many reasons, wrong for so many reasons, and why? for so many reasons. Where is humanity in China when this can happen, and equally important, it happens in so many different ways all over the world. And we are all ultimately responsible in this, and so I plead to anyone reading this to send love and compassion into the world with our thoughts and actions.
This image was originally posted by my friend Christina Gomez from Project X Impact
When I found out that Blog Action Day 2011 was themed around food I was excited! Working around the world in communities that don’t ever have anything like a 4 or 5 star restaurant, I always look forward to the local delicacies, and have experienced some of the most amazing meals ever in some of the most surprising places! Food is important to each and every one of us, and some take it to a different level, but we all need it to live, grow and survive on this earth. Many don’t have choices in the matter, and many more are starving in conditions that we cannot imagine. While working in Africa, India and Haiti, I have seen the effects of severe malnutrition, and it is of course one of the saddest things to witness, especially when we know it really is not necessary. I have been also fortunate to share meals with families that had very little but the food they had simply prepared to offer us, which always blew me away and opened my heart even more. I want to share with you two of my most favorite dishes, one from Zambia, and one from Southern India! FOOD CONNECTS US!
1. Corn mixed with Ground Nuts courtesy of Gladys Katongo in Mapalo Zambia
Whole corn kernels are pulverized and stewed until soft, and then mashed and mixed with some sugar and ground nuts (peanuts). It was delicious!!!
2. Fried Cabbage from Mangaiyarkarasi a lovely 45 year mother in the village of Pasphavanam near the Tsunami region in the Bay of Bengal. She served us the most incredible lunch, which was a fried fish with this Cabbage Dish. Get ready to fall in love!
Finely chopped cabbage, chopped green onions, a small amount of shredded coconut, a few green chillies, a bit of tumerac, mustard seed and curry leaves. Dry fry in a pan or wok and serve warm!!!
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In rural coastal Kenya you have to get up pretty early to be the first one at the well. On a drive from Mombassa inland working with P&G’s Greg Allgood, Keith Call from World Vision and members from CARE, we came across a well teaming with women, children and buckets. I scanned the crowd and walked towards a young woman with a serious look on her face. I asked her name, it was Alice and she was 22; but she did not want me to take her picture. As we continued to talk I learned that she had to walk ½ an hour to get to the well, with her day beginning around 3am, sometimes she make as many as 6 trips per day. This is time spent away from her 2 young children, and time she could be putting towards so many other things but instead she is spending 4 hours a day for water. Alice was with a neighbour, and as we talked she finally let a smile out when I asked her again if I could photograph her. I walked a ways up the road with her and her friend, and tried to imagine her life, the length of the road ahead, but really just enjoyed walking with her. Thank you Alice
at 9 years old Gladys has experienced alot, including her parents planning to marry her off. While working for Gold Miners after being passed to another family member, the District Educational Officer took her to a school so she could be educated. Although safe, her life is difficult without the support of her family, but she is grateful for education and working hard at school. I met this shy girl one afternoon, her school master singled her out to meet wtih myself and Sol Garcia of Project X Impact.
ONE IN SEVEN GIRLS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WILL BE MARRIED BEFORE THEY ARE FIFTEEN.
Statistics show that girls that recieve education make better decisions regarding their own future and that of their own children which include having less children, and educating those children so that they continue to make better decisions.
There is not something you’re supposed to do. There’s not something that you should do. There is only that which you are inspired to do. And how do you get inspired except by the contrast? It’s the life experience that gives you the idea of the desire, and then as you focus upon the desire, the Energy flows.
Become inspired, I met this amazing girl in Pokot Kenya, she went to extraordinary lengths just to get an education. Pascah experienced famine, seperation from her family, and running over the Ugandan border and finally resuced from child labor to go to a local school…