"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Going Green at the cost of human life

I read an article yesterday about Organic Cotton farming. It spoke of farms in Uganda who supply organic cotton to companies in the US & elsewhere. Sounds like win win right? Farms in Uganda making money selling green products to the U.S.
The specific town, Apac, also has the greatest amount of Malaria on Earth. Why? Because of the absence of pesticides. 2000 to 3000 people a week are treated for Malaria. This increases to 5000 during the rainy seasons.

The draining of the malarial swamps in Apac is banned "which amounts to preserving wetlands at the price of human life."

Spraying houses with insecticide — which in 2008 cut malaria infections in half — is also forbidden. Why? Because of objections from Uganda's organic-cotton farmers, who supply Nike, H&M and Walmart's Baby George line. Chemical-free farming sounds like a great idea in the West, but the reality is that Baby Omara is dying so Baby George can wear organic.

You can find the entire article here.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Project 61

Last night I posted a little about Korah, a trash dump in Ethiopia, that is home to One Hundred Thousand people.

Today I'm sharing a link to Project 61.

P61 grab button

Project 61 has a sponsorship program. With $700 a year you can remove a child from the city landfill they call home and send them to a private boarding school. Visit them at www.p61.org or click here.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

100,000 people live, eat, and sleep in a trash dump

I don't have time to write much about Korah but here's a short rundown. Korah is a trash dump in Ethiopia. One hundred thousand people live here in complete poverty. The food they eat, the air they breath, the place they rest.. it's a dump. A true trash dump.

The video (link below) is from Ordinary Hero, See website. A lady, Sumer, has moved from the comforts of America to help give these people a better life through Project61. Ordinary Hero has partnered with Project61 to help gather sponsorships and to raise awareness.

Watch the video here.

Letter Day!

After being disappointed that no letter was in my stack of vacation mail, I received one with today's delivery! Yay!!!

From Ashenafi:

22/10/2002 (June 29, 2010)

Dear Dan & Julie
How do you do? I am doing well. Praise be to God.
(Parents & 3 siblings names.. hard to read.)

Best game: Soccer
Best food: Chicken stew
Best pet: dog
Color: white
Holiday: Easter

I live in a town called Debre Zeit which is 47km from Addis Ababa. There are around 7 lakes and mountains. The weather is nice. When I grow up I'd like to be an accountant.

I am so thankful for your willingness to be my sponsor. Where do you live? I would like to have your picture. How many children do you have? I live with my family. I am 2nd year accounting college student.

How about your weather? Are your children students or workers?

Pray for me to be successful in my education and __?__ to have driving license. Pray that God may help me.

** There are a couple parts I'm confused about. The translator wrote 3 of the same sentences twice. I hope that she didn't miss anything by doing that. His letter seemed longer than that unless he did in fact rewrite things. Regardless I received a beautiful letter from him. I just love him to pieces!

We're back from vacation!


We had a great camping trip. Glad to be home, just wish we could have a few more days at the campground. I love the lazy stress free days we had. Gotta get back to the grind. I have a party to throw on Monday. We expect about 80 kids to come. All battling cancer. (I'm super stressed about this one!)

I can't wait to get my 10 days worth of mail. It would make my day to see a letter from one of the kids! Crossing my fingers!
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