Its been something that has been on my mind for a while, and the past few weeks K has been mentioning about helping the children in Africa a lot. I thought this would be something great for her to do as she can write to our sponsored child. She was so thrilled when I told her the following day, and showed her the card I had been given by World Vision of the child we are sponsoring.
I received my Welcome pack yesterday. I was reading through the literature they enclosed and it just broke my heart. I mean, you see adverts on TV. You see things such as Comic Relief and Sport Relief and the VT’s they show. You donate or fundraise where you can to give to these charities. You know a few of the facts but not all.
It’s terrifying that in this day and age there are children out there who are dying from simple, preventable causes and the amount of malnutrition there is! We are really lucky here to be able to have nice food to eat every day. To have the opportunity to have such items and to not have to go hungry for days or weeks or even years!
The little girl that we sponsor is in a country called Niger. I hadn’t even heard of Niger before Saturday! I want to share a little bit of information with you that was in the literature of my World Vision welcome pack.
Situated on the Southern edge of the Sahara desert in North West Africa, Niger is one of the hottest and driest countries in the world. Only 3% of the land gets enough rainfall to be farmed. The main crops grown are cereals like millet and sorghum, which are the staple food along with cotton and peanuts, which are grown for export.
- Population: 14.9 million
- Life expectancy: 45 years (UK 78.1)
- 60.6% of the population live on less than US$1 a day
- 259 of every 1,000 children die before their fifth birthday
- 8 out of 10 adults cannot read or write
As a mother I find it so shocking and saddened that there are mothers, and fathers, out there who lose their children at a very young age. I couldn’t even begin to image going through that.
I really want to do good. I want to teach my children about how lucky they are and to not take such things like easy access to food and clean water for granted. I want to show the world what is going on. I want people to get involved and help. We shouldn’t still be fighting such poverty and malnutrition in 2012! Children should have access to food and clean water and an education!
I pledge to you, my readers, and to myself that I WILL do good. I WILL use this blog to help me do that and I WILL do my up most to get the message across and get more people involved to help.