Update: We stand at 9 child sponsorships and a total of just under £2500 pledged or donated. WorldVision are fully behind us and tweeting us out, in case you were concerned as to whether we have their blessing. I have included a screenshot of this at the bottom
A few weeks ago I posted about the #ShareNiger trip that was coming up to highlight the food crisis occurring in Niger. Sian, who I have met and spoken to and got to know a little, went out to experience first hand the plight of women, children and men who are struggling against the reality of a drought that has left their rivers looking like this.
It’s a little hard to imagine, yes? We’ve got a hose pipe ban. My children moan a little about a hot day in the garden when they’ll have to use buckets of water to fill the paddling pool. I ‘m not looking forward to next week when Max goes back to work and I have to do all the stuff around the house and make lunch while looking after a hungry baby too.
I know… I KNOW… how it feels to struggle to get a baby to eat when he’s a little too frail and a little bit sickly. I know how it feels to watch a baby give up and not bother to try and be beyond saving by anyone, least of all me and watch him die and then have to get on with life and managing caring for the rest of this.
And I still have no bloody idea how it must feel to be in this woman’s shoes
Watch. Please. It’s only 3 minutes of your life. She’s feeding a family of 5 on the small boxes of cereal WorldVision give her to feed ONE BABY. That’s all they have. She’s in such a desperate position and she lost everything because she had an accident which meant she couldn’t water her crops in the garden scheme she is part of. She tried so hard to support herself, her husband has gone looking for work in the mines and she hasn’t heard from him for months and she’s trying to stop all those children from starving to death. And she is only one of so many women in a similar position.
However hard I try I simply cannot get my head around the fact that there are women going through what I have gone through who also have to literally fight their world to stop it happening to their other children too. They are utterly powerless to stop it. Their children are starving and dying and on top of that their husbands can’t hold them and try to make it better and it is hot, dusty, dry and desperate and each day is a grinding fight, not just against tears but against their entire environment.
And when I’ve been into my unit this morning and seen all the beautiful toys we sell and how lucky kids are in this country, this just breaks my heart.
WorldVision run a sponsored child programme for £22.80 a month which literally changes the lives of children in villages across the world. Wouldn’t it be amazing to know that you made a difference to the family and the playmates of a family like the one above?
Food. Healthcare. Education.
I know my readers have been very generous in the past and donated to our SCBU unit and I know it is a lot to ask to call for you to do something more. I also know that £22.80 a month, in times which are undoubtedly a different sort of tough here, can feel like a lot to commit to, so Sian and I have come up with a plan to make a difference, to change a life somewhere, as part of a group. If you can’t commit to £22.80 a month, you can donate below – just whatever you can afford – and we can sponsor a child together.
£2… £5… £10…£50. We can make a difference. We can’t change the world but we can bring hope to a family, a village, a mother… and that is an amazing thing to try to do.
If you would like to contribute a small amount, say £6 on a monthly basis, please leave a comment below and I can arrange for recurring payments to be organised from your PayPal account and form people into groups who can sponsor a child together and follow their progress.
Credentials: Donations will come to my personal Paypal account and I will forward the money on to WorldVision either to sponsor a child if we get enough or as a direct payment to them. This money is now receiving matched funding from the government, so it will count double towards making a difference in Niger. I believe I am a trusted member of the online community and so in a good position to do this, but my account does get looked over by an accountant once a year since I have a business attached to it. In addition, Sian and I live near each other and I will arrange for her to check my account with me when we have completed the collection for full transparency.