Women of action: Rukhsana -
I find stories like this very uplifting. I think there is nothing better than to help people who can very quickly begin helping themselves with a small hand up.
Rukhsana is a member of a savings and learning group in the village of Dhulasar, in southern Bangladesh. This year, she trained to be the group’s cashier.
In 2007, this region was devastated by Cyclone Sidr in 2007. Women who were already poor had even their homes taken away. Many lost their…
I am a great believer in standing up for the rights of others. Even if your own faith or views have a problem, do you support this thoughtfully expressed position?
I’ve had librarians say to me, “People in my school don’t agree with homosexuality, so it’s difficult to have your book on the shelves.” Here’s the thing: Being gay is not an issue, it is an identity. It is not something that you can agree or disagree with. It is a fact, and must be defended and represented as a fact.
To use another part of my identity as an example: if someone said to me, “I’m sorry, but we can’t carry that book because it’s so Jewish and some people in my school don’t agree with Jewish culture,” I would protest until I reached my last gasp. Prohibiting gay books is just as abhorrent…
Discrimination is not a legitimate point of view. Silencing books silences the readers who need them most. And silencing these readers can have dire, tragic consequences. Never forget who these readers are. They are just as curious and anxious about life as any other teenager. — David Levithan - Supporting Gay Teen Literature (via cake-light)
Cool Shot Showing the Fight Against Mosquito Born Illness
It is interesting to see Doctors Without Borders fighting hard for disease prevention and not just treating patients.
During a 2010 spike in dengue fever cases in Honduras, MSF launched an emergency intervention in Tegucigalpa. In addition to treating patients, MSF fought the spread of the deadly disease through vector control, killing mosquitoes by home fumigation.
Honduras 2010 © Juan Carlos Tomasi
The Cassowary - The World’s Most Dangerous Bird
They are a shy bird, but they have a vicious reputation for attacking when cornered. Despite this, their population is under threat. Only 20% of their original habitat (Australia and New Guinea) remains due to farming, development, and forestry. Only a couple of thousand are left of these large flightless bird. (only Ostriches and Emus are bigger).
Encroaching development is also making them a problem in suburban areas. 55% of them die to vehicle strikes. Another large group are killed by dogs (despite them also being a threat to dogs).
the cassowary submitted by carlo chan
Here are two of the most reviled created in the animal kingdom - the bat and the scorpion. However, both are more beneficial to man than harmful. Both are insect eaters and help keep bug populations down. Bats in particular eat mosquitoes which, as we are increasingly aware, transmit diseases such as West Nile virus.
So, the next time someone makes a fuss about protecting something you would be happy to see gone, remember it may be doing us a world of good.
Photo: Tom Whetten
Second only after talking about Save the Whales was Save the Spotted Owl. People on both sides of the debate have used the spotted owl to argue about what is wrong with development or what is wrong with the environmental movement. I know we have to balance both. However, when I look at this picture, I think how could you not want to save it!
Not nocturnal tonight..
Disturbed (by Julian Kaesler)
I love this project of creating a sustainable energy source to help prevent deforestation and the problems caused by fuel oils.
From Good Neighbors USA:
Women in the village of Koundoule take advantage of the newly implemented charcoal project, where they make charcoal out of sugar cane for purchase.
I love the concept of helping five women by helping them to go on and help others. Charities always need to be looking for ways to use this leverage effect.
CKF’s Women’s Empowerment Program.
Yesterday was day one of our new Women’s Empowerment Program. We wanted to keep this one small and intimate, so currently there are 5 women who are going through the program. We are meeting three times a week 7am - 9.30am.
The Five women are all amazing women from Soksan Village, these women have shown us great dedication to their families and community. The first few meeting times will involve each woman telling their story, telling us who they are, what make them who they are and what they want to improve about themselves, and their village - but also focusing on their strengths, what are the amazing things about them that make them leaders in their community. The women will also take about what they love about each other.
The course will also go into a number of discussions about health related topics, including their health, their children’s health and the health of their community. With day trips to Marie Stopes, local clinics and specialists, a three day course in Phnom Penh (many women have never left the village) on First Aid with the Cambodian Red Cross. Along with this their will also be a number of cooking classes, guest speakers, team building activities & discussions, classes in setting up a successful and sustainable small business etc.
By the end of this Program CKF will employ all five of these women to work in the village, doing the same work that we do - but better! We want this village strong but we want the people to make it stronger themselves. The five women will also be given a small business grant to start up a small business with our guidance. At the very end of the program the women will travel to Siem Reap to have a weekend away of treating themselves, of building themselves up, of enjoying being a women and understanding how important women are in the world.
We are so excited about this program, even more excited of the women’s enthusiasm about this program, they come early, they don’t hold anything back, they ask a million questions and never want the session to end. I will keep updating you all on this exciting program with stories of the women and certain classes that are being held. Very exciting!
Violence caused such silence. by Rimo-xOH on Flickr.
The more I share these photos, the more I think I need to be working in the area of international aid.
Another head hangs lowly,
Child is slowly taken.
And the violence caused such silence,
Who are we mistaken?
But you see, it’s not me, it’s not my family.
In your head, in your head they are fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are crying…
[Edited with permission from the artist]
Title from: The Cranberries- Zombie
cause poster design by bri25wilcox on Flickr.
Here’s a great poster with a profound question. Shouldn’t we all strive for this? You might be a charitable person, but have you identified your cause? What do you believe in? What are you prepared to work to make happen? Do your friends know what your cause is? Do you tell people? If not, isn’t it time.
If we don’t know what we are prepared to stand up for, we are liable to fall for anything.
How will you make a difference? How will you make a difference today?