Monthly Archives: December 2011

Inspiration

I read about this young girl named Milla. She is just an ordinary girl in possession of a big heart; she decided to make a change. After reading the newspaper and watching on tv how both adults and children in Africa suffer, she decided that she could do something about it. She started baking cinnamon buns and selling them to raise the funds for people in need. In a short amount of time, she has brought awareness to the issue, and through her decision to do something about a terrible situation, her project “Bullhjälpen” (or literally, Bun Help) has raised more than 27,000 USD. An ordinary girl, nine-years-old, but with a heart that sought to make a change! Her actions have inspired many people, and she has recently been nominated through a tv program called Swedish Heroes, a program that highlights people who make a difference in the world.

Check out her project at http://bullhjalpen.blogg.se/


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My heart is deeply touched!

I just found this awesome thing on the Star of Hope homepage, a link where you can start your own fundraising . http://ihelp.se/index.php?p=insamling&id=2147&new&open&a=877

So I did and then I shared it with my friends on Facebook. Only five minutes had passed before a friend had donated money to the project. Wow! I´m deeply touch by this person’s actions and their amazing heart. You know who you are! She is a role model and example for many people, myself included! Thank you for you support! This makes me believe that together  we can make a change! Christmas is the season of perpetual hope!

So true!

Most of us know what great deeds Mother Teresa accomplished during her lifetime. Though we cannot all live a life like hers, we can do something. She said,

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

Photo:Unicef

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I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.-Mother Teresa

Christmas presents!

Here are some tips on organizations that have christmas presents to give away.

http://www.hoppfull.se/ (star of hope)

http://www.erikshjalpen.se/stodja/aktuella_kampanjer/butik (Erikshjälpen)

http://unicef.se/gavoshop (unicef)

A big hug to all of you who reads my blog and a merry Christmas! Take care of each other.

Child Soldiers

It´s hard to belive, but many children today are used in armed conflicts. Even if children join armed conflicts out of free will, their reasons are often heartbreaking. No parents, no education, relatives that are already soldiers. More often than not, many children are violently recruited to join an army and forced to kill their family, the people of their village, taking away any chance of them returning to a normal life. They are branded as murderers, forced to watch and participate in violent movies and executions, drugged and physically and mentally abused. Why? To make them soldiers without limits, trained to kill without reflection on their actions.

Children are used in armed conflicts because they are easier to abduct and manipulate; they are more obedient and less expensive than adults. They have no value and are used to clear mines from the fields ahead of the rest of the army. Girls are often used as bush wifes, or to put it more explicitly, sex slaves to serve the soldiers. Children are used as a commodity in armed conflicts around the world. All of this sounds like a nightmare, but it is a real situation for children around the world. 

Photo: http://unicef.se/fakta/barn-i-krig

According to both the Convention of the Rights of a Child and the Geneva Declaration of the Rights of a Child, one is not allowed to treat a child like this.

We can make a change! Find ways to support an organisation that works for the right of a child to recieve a childhood and an education. A child is suppose to be loved. A child is supposed to be happy, enjoying school and playing around with friends. He is not meant to be a soldier in an armed conflict that adults have created.

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Knowledge creates change

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Love others like there is no tomorrow- fight injustice like tomorrow is our future. /ML

Expression that makes an impression!

My friend has just started her own business and the name of the firm is Graphic expression. The core values in her business are encapsulated in a simple phrase: Expression that makes an impression. Those words have been stuck in my mind all day. Why? Well, because there is so much truth in those few words. When we express ourselves in the things we do, we leave a mark. We can make an impression through our expressions. If we stand up fro what is right, we leave behind those marks that can make an impression on others, inspiring them to do the same. We can fight the injustices that plague our world today.

We can make a change!

He Saw His Dream Come True

William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833) was a British politician and a leader of abolition movement in Great Britain.

The British initially became involved in the slave trade during the 16th century. By 1783, the triangular route that took British-made goods to Africa to buy slaves, transported the enslaved to the West Indies, and then brought slave-grown products such as sugar, tobacco, and cotton to Britain, represented about 80 percent of Great Britain’s foreign income. British ships dominated the trade, supplying French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese and British colonies, and in peak years carried forty thousand enslaved men, women and children across the Atlantic in the horrific conditions of the middle passage. Of the estimated 11 million Africans transported into slavery, about 1.4 million died during the voyage.

(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Wilberforce)

Slavery was one of those hidden scandals, comfortably out of sight of the average Englishman, who benefited from it but never had to see firsthand its unspeakable human misery. Through the influence of Newton and others, Wilberforce knew what he had to do.

( source: http://www.christianity.com/ChurchHistory/11630303/)

People like Charles Middleton and a group of anti-slave-trade activists persuaded Wilberforce to take on the cause of abolition, and he soon became one of the leading English abolitionists. He headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for twenty-six years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act 1807.

(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Wilberforce)

Wilberforce and his allies had assumed that slavery would die a natural death, once they made it illegal to buy and sell slaves (in 1807). But the slave trade just went underground, and continued–only slightly inconvenienced. The fight to abolish slavery entirely dragged on into the 1830s. Wilberforce was unstinting in his efforts, but his health was slipping. Younger members of Parliament took up the cause as Wilberforce recovered from various illnesses. He was resting at home on Friday night, July 26, 1833, when he heard the House of Commons had finally passed the Abolition of Slavery. Saturday morning he took a turn for the worse, and early Monday morning he died- having seen his life’s dream accomplished.

(reference:http://www.christianity.com/ChurchHistory/11630303/)

Wilberforce was generous with his time and money, believing that those with wealth had a duty to give a significant portion of their income to the needy. Yearly, he gave away thousands of pounds, much of it to clergymen to distribute in their parishes. He paid off the debts of others, supported education and missions, and in a year of food shortages gave to charity more than his own yearly income.

(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Wilberforce)

He dedicated much of his life to the fight to abolish the slave trade. He made a huge impact on the fight against injustice, but the fight continues in our century. Let us take up his fight. Let us not give up! Even if it’s hard to measure success in such matters as these, let us not give up in doing good. Let us together change the world!

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