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Some parents have no control over their children's suffering, it simply is.

But while you or I can go to the hospital, the store, call for help when we need it—millionsof innocent people need donations and help rebuilding their lives from the destruction of war and famine, learning how to be self-sufficient, have clean drinking water, recover from injuries or disease, build schools and have supplies for the children...


I'm so thankful for the courageous and amazing stories shared from women around the world, and the creators of films and documentaries that help open our eyes to these conditions.

When I start to feel overwhelmed in life, I cannot help but think of Half the Sky; the women and their stories of what true hardships are. How can I complain about anything? These women face having no electricity, no clean drinking water, not enough food, their children's lives in danger, no real protection, violence, having to evacuate their already poor circumstances as refugees...even in 2013.

I realize they wouldn't want me to waste one minute of my precious freedom, so I must be grateful for all that I have, even as I struggle through my own trials. I must find a way to help those who are suffering, and hope to be a part of a solution to stop others from suffering. We can each do one thing.

My husband lived in poor villages of the Dominican Republic, with the natives; learning their language, ways and customs. He has explained to me time and again that just being in America and having a chance to change our life is reason enough to always be thankful, especially when we've never known famine or true poverty. I have been to poor cities in Mexico, visiting with natives seeing the conditions of poverty, with little to no way out. My heart simply can't ignore or push away those memories of people in need.

I also intend to speak out on behalf of these innocent women and girls, because ultimatelyI care. The point is to look at our life and decide—am I person who will do something to help? If I was living somewhere and couldn't give my child clean water, safety or a bed to sleep in, I would hope someone would help me.


from PBS.org-
"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide was filmed in 10 countries and follows Kristof, WuDunn, and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds — present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change. All over the world women are seizing this opportunity."

It is available if you have Netflix streaming, or for sale at halftheskymovement.org and PBS.org

{Please be forewarned, it contains mature subject matter.)

It remains a long way to go, including maternal and child health, both areas where there has been the least progress. Yet today, in Africa, one in 22 women may die during pregnancy or as a result of a delivery, unlike a woman in 8000 industrialized countries. And 3.8 million children die each year from preventable diseases, such as pneumonia or diarrhea. The theme this year "Water for Cities : meet the Urban Challenge" aims to mobilize and to encourage governments, organizations, communities and individuals to actively engage the challenge of managing urban water. Each year, World Water Day highlights a particular theme related to the management of freshwater.  Ong Reseau d'Actions Nord-Sud, (2013)


I HIGHLY RECOMMEND
 
the book and video documentary "HALF THE SKY"(2012),
"ROAD OF LOST INNOCENCE" by Somaly Mam (2008)
also,
"NOTES FROM MY TRAVELS" by Angelina Jolie (2003)


Everyone can do one thing to help.


Here is my personal fundraiser link for Team Somaly Rescue, featured from the documentary. Team Somaly provides help in Cambodia to young girls who are kidnapped and sold to work in brothels. When rescued they are brought here to receive kindness, counseling, medical care, support, food, housing and every ounce of love possible
—with many others who would otherwise have nowhere else to go. 


Somaly Mam and one of her survivors, 3 years old.

What a donation can do:
$10 covers one month of healthcare expenses for a woman or child recovering from being trafficked.

$25 provides a survivor of sex trafficking with one month of specialized vocational training.
$1,000 provides a 'start-up kit' for a female survivor to become an entrepreneur after leaving the shelter.

$3,000 sponsors a survivor, providing the cost to rescue, recover, educate, and reintegrate one girl.

please click here to donate via (Crowdrise)




"Your few minutes of pleasure killed me." -9 year old girl quoted from Half the Sky who contracted AIDS after being raped.








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