Some things touch our hearts so much, we just have to take action. We can give money, we can volunteer, we can pray, or we can just raise awareness of what is important. Here are some charities that are close to my heart-
- Love 146 – Cakewrecks featured this as one of their Christmas charities. Love 146 works to end child sex slavery and exploitaion, through preventing abuse, and through programmes to care for children rescued from slavery. The figures are truly horrifying- two children are sold every minute. Don’t visit their site without having tissues handy. It will break your heart.
- Cystic Fibrosis Trust– One of the bravest and most loving women I know has a son with CF, a life-shortening genetic condition. 70,000 people worldwide have CF, and 1 in 25 people of European heritage carry the gene that causes CF. Support and access to treatment make all the difference to people with CF and their families. Children born with CF in the 1950’s rarely lived beyond infancy, now life expectancy is well into the thirties. New treatments may mean that children with CF can have a normal life expectancy. I hope and pray for my friend and her child, and all the other parents and children affected by the illness, that it is so!
- Oxfam Haiti Earthquake Appeal – Aid is finally starting to trickle in after this terrible disaster. The scale of the tragedy makes us feel helpless and as if the little we can give will make no difference. I chose to give via Offam as they already had a programme running in Haiti. The problems for this small country were immense even before the earthquake-
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It has been plagued by political unrest for most of its history and natural disasters frequently sweep the nation.
- 80 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line
- Literacy rates stand at just 52 per cent
Situated in the middle of the hurricane belt, Haiti is subject to regular and severe storms from June to October each year. The country also suffers from occasional flooding, earthquakes, and periodic droughts.
- I’m praying for the survivors that a better life might be theirs and that the aid will help them not just survive what has happened now but rebuild a better fairer country.