Saturday, 21 December 2013

How to change the world

Sorry it has been such a long time since my last post. It was the end of term at school (I'm a primary school teacher) which was a bit crazy as I was also getting ready to go on holiday (I'm in South Africa with my family for Christmas).

I stumbled upon this picture this morning and it really made me think about the way that I think. I'm in South Africa at the moment and the African mentality is so different.. so much calmer and being here always brings me to a place of rest, clarity, reevaluating and thinking...

I think too often we look at the world and the problems it is filled with and the quickest and easiest way to process/cope is to blame someone else (maybe the government of that country, or poor quality of education, the list is endless) and it's easy to dismiss it as 'that's just how it is over there'. It's easy to just get on with our day and to forget the problems that dont touch/affect us, or maybe even to pause for a long enough moment to throw a bit of money at the problem to soothe our own conscience that we are 'doing something'.

But like this image says- to change the world, we must first change the way that we (and others) think: learn statistics and tell people; do some research, no matter how uncomfortable it is; challenge accepted wisdoms and practices that dont sit right with you/align with what you know to be right (for me, I also check it against the Bible).

Dont be silent. Use your voice and use your freedom to change the world, but in order to do so, you must start by challenging yourself and the way that you think.


Ronell x

Monday, 2 December 2013

A Royal Birth // Save Women and Children from Dying in Childbirth!

This Christmas time, people all over the world will reflect on the birth of Jesus, a baby born in desperate conditions and without any medical support. Over 2,000 on, the same things happens to thousands of women all over the world, putting mothers and babies in grave danger...

800 women and children needlessly die in childbirth every day! In Haiti, 75% of births happen at home with absolutely no medical support! So there is no surprise that Haiti has the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in western hemisphere!

A Royal Birth aims to put an end to this by supporting local hospitals through The Haiti Hospital Appeal to help save thousands of lives each Christmas. If 1,000 individuals, churches and schools committed to raising just £200 this Christmas, you can help keep the leading hospital in Northern Haiti to keep running for another year to help save thousands more babies and mothers this Christmas! 

Please watch their video here, and find out more about how to get involved with their work this Christmas!


Ronell x

Give A Child Hope This Christmas // Operation Christmas Child {Sevenly}

This week, one of my favourite organisations, Sevenly, is pairing with Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child programme. Please help Sevenly to raise money and awareness for this amazing campaign, which brings love, hope and joy to disadvantaged and/or orphaned children all over the world! 

Check out Sevenly's 1 Minute 1 Cause for this week:

You can still create boxes online (UK /  US) if you would like to send a gift, or you can donate online.


Ronell x

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