WARNING: Dramatic mood change. Here we cannot be more serious. This post is for perspective. How often in the daily minutia of manufactured perception do we lose sight of what's real? How 'bout every minute of every day. This, however, is real.
Here we present a photo documentary by one of our more intrepid "Amandas." One of our colleagues here just got back from a Jesuit mission to Africa. There she visited Kenya and Tanzania for the experience of cultural "immersion." And that she did.
Directly below are a series of thumbnails (click on each to see the full view). These shots are from the Kibera slums in Nairobi, one of the largest slums in the world. The approximate size of New York's Central Park, Kibera is inhabited by over a million people... all without running water or electricity. Just try to imagine one day without the Internet. Imagine.
But there unlike our world, among the filth, dirt floors and corrugated tin shacks, are the faces of angels. The shots below are of the boy and girls of St. Secilia Academy. Note: Most, if not all, are orphans; most of their parents have died from AIDS.
SO STOP WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING! We invite you to take a little time with each. Each one has something for us to keep in mind as we otherwise contemplate endless iterations of strategies and tactics for promoting our overwhelming material abundance. See what I'm saying?
This is a great post. I hear so many people talk about how they would love to help others in need. Many do not because they believe it is beyond their financial means or they will not know where their money is going.
Sponsorship can be in many ways such as small business loans($100), purchasing farm animals for a family to raise ($35-$500), or sponsoring a child with food and education ($25 a month). Many charities will provide personalized reports on your sponsorship. Just check around for the charity that touches you. I use http://www.christianchildrensfund.org/ and am pleased with the personal letters and updates for the children I sponsor.
There are over 30,000 hunger related deaths every day on this planet that we all share. Count to three and someone has just passed away from that hunger related illness.
As this post helped balance the content on Strumpette, your small contribution can really save a life and help balance you. You will get a warm fuzzy feeling each time you pay your sponsorship knowing someone out there thinks a miracle happened to them because they can go to bed without hunger.
Interesting. Reminds me of my seven years of PR work for an international mission agency. And, with regards to a Strumpette forum on MyRagan, I point out that the mainstream media aren't covering this. So, perhaps, dare I say it yet again, PR needs to reach deeper into its tool box, past the media relations hammer, to more delicate tools such as direct mail, house publications, live events.....