I believe that mothers have the power to change the world. Why? We are motivated by the fiercest of instincts known to man, the maternal instinct. In full swing it will not falter when confronting fear or greed, because for those fleeting moments it pulses through us, nothing seems to matter beyond the safety of our children. We find

Julie Anne and Tatjana Rhodes photo credit: Nick Rhodes

strength and courage we never knew we possessed. We are lionesses willing to fight to the death for our young, so let’s roar a lot louder. Many of you will be when you join me this Sunday, September 18th in employing the Personal Chef Approach™ to cook for friends while raising funds for the East African Children’s Hunger Crisis Relief Fund, and others of you, I hope, will donate here generously. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!


Photo Credit: Colin Crowley/Save the Children

Imagine how it must feel to be the parent of a child you must protect from ruthless militia as you trek for days to find food, water, and medicine in hopes of saving them. All the crops and livestock of your village have long since perished from the worst drought in decades, and clean water is scarce. I heard one report of a mother forced to choose between leaving one child to die alone on the roadside in order to save her other children – how do you face such agonizing decisions? How can we ignore them?


Photo Credit: Colin Crowley/Save the Children

For political reasons we are suppose to call this a “hunger crisis,” but let’s get real here – many are so malnourished they can not fight off illness or disease, and still more are literally starving to death. My cyber friend, Vince P DeMarr shared this on my facebook wall recently – “In the critical stage of Malnutrition children get spasms, they suffer in huge pain, their little brains don’t get required elements to function, they shake in fear then helplessly wait for sleep remembering at least some of the nice moments in their little precious lives.” YOU can help rewrite the ending to this story.

Photo Credit: Colin Crowley/Save the Children

When you donate to the Children’s Hunger Crisis Relief Fund you will be sending funds directly to Save The Children, who have launched an emergency appeal to get life-saving help to thousands of Ethiopian, Kenyan and Somali children facing starvation in what the UN has called the Horn of Africa’s worst drought in 60 years. I support them because they have been on the ground helping, with a well established relationship of trust in this troubled region for many years. Save The Children provide clean water, food and medicine as well as education on how to adapt to the increasing droughts in the area. At least 90% of all money donated goes directly where it is needed most, with only 4% going towards costs and 6% towards fundraising.


Photo Credit: Colin Crowley/Save the Children

For more information about this event please visit About Supporting the Children’s Hunger Crisis Fund, or I will be available on facebook all day on Sunday to answer your questions and support the participants cooking – while cooking in unison for donors of my own. Thank you for sharing and tweeting this post on to all of your friends, and in turn, to your friend’s friends. Please help me get the word out and let’s hear that ROAR!

SAVE THE CHILDREN MENU:

 Sesame-Garlic Grill-Ready Flank Steak
with
Asian-Style Roasted Broccoli

Baked Eggplant Parmesan
with
Balsamic Marinated Green Beans & Carrots

Goats Cheese & Herb Stuffed Chicken Breasts
and
Orzo with Spinach, Feta & Toasted Pine Nuts

Join us cooking on Sunday if you would like to sample one of the recipes our gracious participants and donors will enjoy. Just click on EAT on the homepage. You do not need to be a member to go to our Recipe of the Week, and this week it happens to be the Baked Eggplant Parmesan on the Save the Children Menu, so enjoy!

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  • September 16, 2011
    10:23 am

    I can’t even fathom a child in this situation. It’s a great idea for fundraising and will get the ball rolling for other ideas to help the cause. These people need help now, yesterday… months ago. Love the idea of educating the children too for future droughts. It seems the government and UN need a hand in pre drought emergency back ups as well but that’s another rant! Thank you for finding the perfect place for the money to go!

    • September 16, 2011
      9:43 pm

      Rachel – I have so many ideas, and I know how creative you lot can be – we’re just getting warmed up.

  • September 16, 2011
    4:12 pm

    Hey Julie! Um..i really do feel sad about the african children that are suffering. but i love the photo of you and your sweet daughter:) Laura Watson

    • September 16, 2011
      9:40 pm

      You and I both Laura.

  • October 12, 2011
    2:20 pm

    Hi! Found you on http://www.GuidetoGorgeous.com Love this work! And as a new mom, I can soooooo relate to becoming a lioness!!!

    • October 12, 2011
      2:39 pm

      Hi Briana – I’m a huge fan of karen’s and http://GuidetoGorgeous.com, and so happy you like what we are trying to do here. I can’t exactly explain it, but this cause feels deeply personal to me.

      I’m bursting with excitement over what we have up our sleeves next, so please keep coming back. I should be announcing our next effort this weekend.