Friday 28 June 2013

Absorbed in my own life.....

At the moment I feel that I am completely insular, everything is about me and my close family and whilst I realise sometimes it is necessary and that is life, it is also making me quite cross. Our move to the countryside is not going as planned, we have found out we don't own part of our front garden and that is causing issues, we have now lost two buyers and dh is already down in East Sussex, whilst the kids and I are here.

But things are starting to come together and it is always important to focus on the good parts. Yes this limbo living is hard and is costing us money we do not really have but it will all come good in the end. Thursday I accepted an offer from a buyer with no chain (please Lord help this one to work out).  The kids have their school places for September at our first choice school, our new house is now ready to move into and is fully refurbished and I've finished work so I have enough time to be seeing all my friends for proper goodbyes. Like I said, I really should not grumble.

So apart from the delayed house sale and dh being 100 miles away from me and the kids what am I cross about? I'm cross or mad or sad or angry that I have not been able to get involved with all the amazing things that are happening at the moment in regard to the fight to end extreme poverty. At least every other day an email arrives in my in-box from ONE and the IF campaign and they are all sharing with me exciting and inspiring news and I have not been able to get my head round them all.  I so want to blog and tell you about what the G8 summit achieved, how the BIG IF event in Hyde Park went and what Agit8 is but the truth is I can't right now and I need to accept that, as it helps no-one with me being mad.

Let me point you to a few places where you can read/see some good material from people who have the head space to deal with everything that is going on right now -

The One Campaign low-down (easy to read and understand) on what the G8 has achieved

Songs that change the world by Jen Howze

This great video from the BIG IF event that Lindsay (lillies are like) shared with me. Did you know there is a massive community of YouTubers who are working together to change our world?

and I can't let you go without sharing the good news with you..... these are the latest facts released by ONE to show how global assistance is making a difference to those living in poverty, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Global Progress on Ending Extreme Poverty

  • From 1990 to 2000, global extreme poverty dropped from 43% of the world’s population to 33%.
  • From 2000 to 2010, extreme poverty worldwide went down again to 21%—cutting it in half over the past twenty years. 
  • If this trajectory is continued into the future we get to the zero zone before 2030. (This one sends shivers down my spine)

Living Proof that Development Assistance Works

  • Almost 9 million people worldwide are on lifesaving HIV/AIDS medicine, up from just 300,000 in 2002.
  • Malaria has been cut by 75% in 8 African countries since 2000.
  • Over the last decade, 51 million more children in sub-Saharan Africa are going to school for the first time.
  • Since 2000, child deaths are down 2.65 million a year—that’s more than 7,200 children saved each day.
(Source:  The ONE Campaign)

Please don't think there is nothing you can do.  One signature, one tweet, one mention to a neighbour, one read of this post all come together and make a difference.  We have power as a collective and we CAN make things happen.

If you want to sign up to find out more about the ONE campaign and to be notified when new petitions are live then do that here.  Don't worry, they are a campaigning and advocacy organisation so they will never ask for your money (and in case you are worried the emails are not that frequent I just get a lot more as I am a #ONEMum)

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