He, She, They, We!

This is who my kid is (he). This is who I am (she). This is who our community is (they). We are all family (we)!

January 17, 2013 8:22 pm

Our Water Campaign

For my 40th and for K’s 5th birthday, we are doing a water campaign!  Please take a look, share with friends!

This is what we did back in 2010!  It really does make a difference in the lives of other people!!!

Spread the word, please!

http://mycharitywater.org/p/campaign/?campaign_id=34299

October 18, 2012 4:43 am

Water Campaign Update

Back in 2010, I decided that for our birthdays, K and I would do a water campaign through Charity Water.  For those of you who know about Charity Water, they are pretty amazing.  They are a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. 100% of all public donations directly fund water projects, and we prove every dollar using photos and GPS coordinates on a map.   

We raised $1424.00 and we finally got the update of how that money was used.  I am so happy to announce that the money was dedicated to two villages in the Tigray region of Ethiopia!  

If you don’t know, K-man is Tigray!  I couldn’t be happier that we have helped people in the region where my son was born.   Along with other birthday, anniversary, and “running” campaigns—over 580 people in two villages were helped and given access to clean drinking water.

Please be aware that 34 million people die each year from water related diseases.  Every 20 seconds, a child dies from water related illness.  Women, world wide, spend 200 million hours a day collecting water.  780 million people don’t have access to clean drinking water.  Girls under the age of 15 are twice as likely as boys their age to be the family member responsible for fetching water.  By investing in clean water alone, young children around the world can gain more than 413 million days of health!  1 in 8 people worldwide do not have access to safe and clean drinking water.

I don’t give you these statistics to guilt you.  I want you to be informed.  Information should move you to do something about it.  I hope that it does.  As we approach my 40th birthday and K’s 5th birthday, I plan on doing another water campaign this year.  It is my desire that people have access to something as “simple” as clean drinking water!  Please know that we can ALL do something for someone else.  We can all show love to our neighbors—no matter where they live!  

November 1, 2011 5:00 am

What I’m about

I am all about being a mom
I am all about being a daughter, friend, girlfriend (someday a wife)
I am all about the worldwide orphan crisis—especially the one in this country.
I am all about getting people, worldwide, access to clean drinking water.
I am all about eradicating any form of slavery—yes people, it still exists.
I am all about being a goofball
I am all about watching reality TV while I cringe as I write that.
I am all about God and who He is and what He has done in my life
I am all about loving my neighbor—no matter what.
I am all about raising my son to know who he is—not just as a man of color, but that he has a wonderfully amazing Ethiopian heritage.
I am all about being proud of who you are
I am all about self confidence and not letting people pigeon hole you.
I am all about speaking to my son in Amharic, even if it makes some people uncomfortable.
I am all about love
I am all about giving of my time, talent and treasure to help someone.
I am all about giving back to my community because, why shouldn’t we?
I am all about feeding people who are hungry
I am all about being aware of what’s going on in other parts of the world.
I am all about travel
I am all about gratefulness

I am all about being born and raised in Southern California, but can appreciate other places too
I am all about faithfulness
I am all about freedom of speech, even if I don’t like what you have to say.  Hey, you may not like what I have to say either and that’s ok.
I am all about agreeing to disagree.
I am all about Disneyland

I am all about the Lakers
I am all about quality time
I am all about being authentic
I am all about honesty—even when it sucks

This is just the short list…for now!!!

April 5, 2011 7:00 am

Get Passionate!!!

I know that people are passionate about what they’re passionate about. We are all drawn to different things.  Let’s see what’s out there right now—the war, gas prices, the economy, clean water, clean energy, plug in cars, Politics, European union, burning down the trees in the Amazon, having an African American President, etc.  Yet, since two of my passions are clean drinking water and the orphan crisis, Ima talk about that for a minute! 

I do indeed know that most people are horrified by the statistics of orphans in the world (please be aware that the US has a LARGE orphan crisis!!!  Don’t be deceived into thinking that it’s only in third world countries!)!

Please just look at these statistics and ponder!  I know not everyone is called to adopt—if you aren’t PLEASE DO NOT!  But you can do something!  We can ALL do something!  Even if it’s just us being made aware!

Every 15 SECONDS, another child becomes an AIDS orphan in Africa

Every DAY 5,760 more children become orphans

Every YEAR 2,102,400 more children become orphans (in Africa alone)

143,000,000Orphans in the world today spend an average of 10 years

in an orphanage or foster home

Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but…

Every YEAR 14,050,000 children still grow up as orphans and AGE OUT of the system

Every DAY 38,493 children AGE OUT

Every 2.2 SECONDS, another orphan child AGES OUT with no family to belong to and no place to call home

Many of these children accept job offers that ultimately result in their being sold as slaves. Millions of girls are sex slaves today, simply because they were unfortunate enough to grow up as orphans.

Between 1990 and 2000, the number of orphans in Africa rose from 30.9 million to 41.5 million, and those orphaned by AIDS increased from 330,000 to seven million.

884 million people lack access to safe water supplies; approximately one in eight people.  3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease.

Diarrhea remains in the second leading cause of death among children under five globally. Nearly one in five child deaths – about 1.5 million each year – is due to diarrhea. It kills more young children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.

Let’s get passionate about something other than ourselves!  Right? :-)