“A common anthropological characteristic of every advanced mammalian species that survives and thrives is the fierce behavior of the adult female when she senses a threat to her cubs. Our relative complacency while 17,000 children on our planet starve to death every day — one every five seconds — indicates a lack of positive intention, on the part of our species, literally to survive. The power we hold as American women is unmatched anywhere in the world, and our failure to use that power as effectively as we might on behalf of those who need us the most is a situation now ripe for change.” – Marianne Williamson

I dare you to watch this video and tell me it does not disturb you on a fundamentally humane level. It cut through to the core of my being – as a mother, as someone who earns her living feeding people, and as a woman who not too long ago traveled to this exact part of the world and will never forget the kindness and hospitality of the Kenyan people.

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I am neither a political or social activist – nor am I pretending in any way to be an expert with the answers, but I do know we won’t find them if we continue to exist in indifference, looking only after our own.

Every child on this planet ought to be viewed as our own. Wouldn’t you do everything within your power to save your child from suffering like this? How can we possibly be okay with someone else’s child in this condition?

Natural and man made disasters happen everywhere. You only have to remember hurricane Katrina to know it could just as easily be our own child in need one day, so let’s pay it forward now. Please help the people in East Africa through this drought and famine by giving generously….

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… and let’s open up a discussion on other ways to make a difference, too. Consider the compassion within awakened, and no longer able to turn away. Any and all of your suggestions on how to make a difference are welcome. Musicians do concerts – what can we, as a community, come together to do as our cooking version of Live Aid to help feed the hungry?

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  • July 28, 2011
    12:02 pm

    This is unfathomable. You see people on facebook with status updates saying how our countries send X amount of dollars to other countries and yet our own are on the streets etc but these people have less than nothing and no structure in place to help as homeless do here. Not to take away from their plight but this is a whole new level of unreal conditions. These babies are so dehydrated they cry and there are no tears. This is a crime in today’s day and age. I’m with you Jewels,…. fantastic idea.

    • July 28, 2011
      7:37 pm

      You are so right on Rachel. No child anywhere, including our own streets, should go hungry – but this is a level beyond any suffering we have witnessed in our homelands. Those emaciated little bodies and the look in their eyes are seared into my heart forever.

      • July 29, 2011
        9:42 am

        What baffles me is there seems to be no set structure for this kind of catastrophe. It’s not like this is the first time this has happened in Africa yet it seems like there should be something in place… like a generator for when the electricity goes out… that can automatically be set up to prevent things from getting to this point. I also think this is a perfect opportunity for corporations like BP to get involved and clean up their image and get some good going.

  • July 28, 2011
    11:40 am

    I’m thinking we organize a day that we all use our new found PCA© skills, get a friend or a neighbor to donate to Save the Children, and in exchange we cook double the amount of food for that week, giving the extra portions of each meal to that friend or neighbor that donated.

    Anybody willing to join me?

  • July 29, 2011
    9:51 am

    Most people there do not have electricity in their homes anyway Rachel. What they need to help prevent this is irrigation so that when there is a drought, the livestock and produce can survive for them to survive on. Without it, famine is unavoidable.

    I think you make a fabulous point here! Yes, companies like BP should save lives and clean up their public image while in doing so.

    • July 29, 2011
      11:26 am

      Oh sorry… I meant the generator as an example and that first world countries should have a system in place to help before it’s gotten this far. You said in another post that the signs of this coming were there and something should have been done then which is so true… this is when their “generator” (for want of a better term) would kick in and the aid would start immediately. As for BP (and others like it) I am sure with their vast knowledge of engineering, they could come up with a workable irrigation system that would be cost effective and work well. They are really missing the boat here, aren’t they?

  • July 29, 2011
    11:59 am

    You are one very smart lady, Rachel – I love the ideas you come up with. Lets figure out how to put them into action.

  • July 29, 2011
    2:01 pm

    Hi Jewels,

    Thank you for bringing the heartbreaking situation in East Africa back out into the light again.

    Years ago, we were fortunate enough to have so many within the Entertainment Industry that so generously coordinated and contributed their time and talent to bring Global attention to the crisis in East Africa, in a way that was completely spectacular. What an amazing charge it would be to attempt to recreate an event of such magnitude today!

    But, barring that, today, I think there is something we can all each singularly do to begin to have an impact and help in our own way . . . by just simply beginning to do something, anything, to help “shine our own light” on the situation – and today, we have something we did not have back then – the incredibly impactful tool of Social Media, which can help us each individually reach out to the World, with immediacy, in a way like never before possible!

    Simple actions such as creating a Website with featured postings and links to relief agencies involved, or posting a link to relief agencies on our own personal websites, blogs, etc., or even if we each begin a consistent Tweet or Facebook posting strategy to help raise awareness of the issue (I like to do an occasional featured “Charity of the Week” Posting on my personal Facebook Page, and also change the Charity featured on my Personal Website based on what I feel may be the most urgent need . . . )

    I think the most important thing we can all collectively do is to simply begin. One’s strategy does not have to be perfect to start – just start. :0)

    I’m off now to repost Links to relief agencies on My Personal Website and Facebook Page . . . and so it begins! Please let me know how else I can help . . . -R

    “Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome.”
    -Samuel Johnson, English Author

  • July 29, 2011
    2:39 pm

    So true and so eloquently put Regina!

    Bob Geldof is a brilliant man, and did something spectacular with the compassion in his heart and soul. When I mentioned our version of Live Aid I meant that spirit (not necessarily the grandiosity of it), and it is there within all of us.

    These are tough times at home for many too. Not everyone can donate money, but we can all at least find some time to donate to help raise some. Especially if it is time doing exactly what you would be doing for your own family, benefitting another family with a little extra effort, and ultimately helping save lives. I see it as a win-win-win for all.

    You are absolutely right – we have to start somewhere. I love what you are doing, because you are DOING.

  • July 30, 2011
    11:01 am

    Hello Jewels,

    I could not ignore your heartbreaking post. While I am currently not cooking for anyone because of my food plan, that did not stop me from going to the Save the Children website and making a donation.
    You can donate as little as you like. Every bit counts.

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

  • July 30, 2011
    12:18 pm

    I wish I could give you a huge hug right now! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • July 31, 2011
    3:10 pm

    dear julie anne,

    From the Netherlands i love reading your blog and i am glad you touch so many different subjects. Also the famine in africa, because it is true as a mother you cannot close your eyes to this.

  • July 31, 2011
    3:18 pm

    And for those of us that don’t even make it paycheck to paycheck, should be praised for keeping these people and children in our thoughts and prayers…those all over the world. Just because I can’t give to important issues such as this, doesn’t mean that I don’t care.

    • July 31, 2011
      3:26 pm

      What if I gave you the tools to EARN the donation without defaulting on your bills?

      • July 31, 2011
        3:32 pm

        Taking the time to reply IS caring, plus you raise awareness which is equally important, so those that can afford to give know the need is there.

        I’m hoping you’ll join us in the fundraising effort too.

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