Saturday, March 31, 2012

Unfolding hope....

For me, blogging isn't just about taking pretty pictures and making stuff,
blogging is about connecting to people,
having meaningful conversations across time zones
and making a difference by encouraging each other to be the best we can be.
Recently two Christchurch bloggers Sophie and Miriam,
have been encouraging us to use our blogs to make a real difference in lives around us,
to reach out and share love in a way that touches other lives.

Bear with me folks, this is a long post!!!

First the bad news... 
There are 27 million people in slavery today. They are forced to work without pay, under threat of violence, and they’re unable to walk away. You can find them in brothels, factories, mines, farm fields, restaurants, construction sites and private homes. Many slaves have been tricked by traffickers who lure vulnerable people with false promises of good jobs or education. Some slaves are marched to work at gunpoint. Others are trapped by phony debts from unscrupulous moneylenders. Slavery is illegal everywhere, but it happens nearly everywhere.

Now the good news... 
We can end slavery in our lifetime. Here’s what needs to happen: businesses must clean up their supply chains and consumers must demand slavery-free products, governments and international institutions must toughen enforcement and fund anti-slavery work worldwide, activists and advocates must educate the vulnerable about their rights and empower those in slavery to take a stand for freedom. And you must take a stand, too. Get educated, get activated. Donate. Participate. And spread the word that you don’t want to live in a world with slavery in it.

There's quite a big group of bloggers in New Zealand and we meet regularly where we can
and are developing warm friendships, and now we are embarking on an adventure.
We want to raise some money to help women in other countries
in terrible situations. We picked Free the Slaves because we felt like our precious $$$$
could be targeted exactly to women.

Here's some ways our money could make a difference....

Here's where you come in, the exciting part!
All us crafty types have got together and made something to donate.
I made this cushion....

For every $10 you donate you get an entry to win this cushion 
and loads more wonderful prizes besides. You can see all the prizes here.
We would like to raise at least enough money to get the sewing machine,
but also the 5 day training course (below the sewing machine) if we could.
How awesome would it be to make a difference in so many women's life?
Here's a few more prizes....

For every $10 you donate before April 30th we will put your name into a draw (one international and one NZ based)
and make a real difference to a woman
just like us, but living in unimaginable conditions.

We have set up a special paypal account just to take these donations, 
and will transfer 100% of the money to Free the Slaves once it's all done.
To make a donation, click on the donate button below,
you will automatically be entered into the draw!

Even if you can't donate, please spread the word
put our button on your blog (just copy and paste the picture or grab the code below)

To keep up with how it's all going and more details,
like us on Facebook....

So there you are, are you excited about this??
Sometimes we feel so helpless, but here is a way we can all do something little
to make a difference.
If you are still reading here, thanks!
Spread the word! donate! talk to your friends!

Unfolding Hope
Making lasting change through creative endeavor.

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything but I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do. Helen Keller


  1. awesome post Deb, beautiful cushion xx

  2. An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers


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