A Friend….

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A friend is like a flower,
a rose to be exact,

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Or maybe like a brand new gate
that never comes unlatched.
A friend is like an owl,
both beautiful and wise.
Or perhaps a friend is like a ghost,
whose spirit never dies.
A friend is like a heart that goes
strong until the end.

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Where would we be in this world
if we didn’t have a friend.

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– By Adrianne S
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A Hungry Child Can’t Wait: Ask 5 for 5

I am honored to Welcome as a Guest to My Blog: Sarah Lenssen
Sarah has an important Message to share with You! Please take a
moment to read her post, and perhaps save the life of a Child! Thank
You!!

Guest Blogger: Sarah Lenssen from #Ask5for5

Family photos by Mike Fiechtner Photography

Thank you Eleanor
Jodway and nearly 150 other bloggers from around the world for
allowing me to share a story with you today, during Social Media
Week.

A hungry child in East Africa can’t wait. Her hunger consumes her while we decide
if we’ll respond and save her life. In Somalia, children are
stumbling along for days, even weeks, on dangerous roads and with
empty stomachs in search of food and water. Their crops failed for the
third year in a row. All their animals died. They lost everything.
Thousands are dying along the road before they find help in refugee
camps. 

At my house, when my three children are hungry, they wait minutes for
food, maybe an hour if dinner is approaching. Children affected by the
food crisis in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia aren’t so lucky. Did you know that the worst drought
in 60 years is ravaging whole countries right now, as you read this?
Famine, a term not used lightly, has been declared in Somalia. This is
the world’s first famine in 20 years.12.4 million people are in need
of emergency assistance and over 29,000 children have died in the last
three months alone. A child is dying every 5 minutes. It it estimated
that 750,000 people could die before this famine is over. Take a
moment and let that settle in.

The media plays a major role in disasters. They have the power to draw
the attention of society to respond–or not. Unfortunately, this horrific disaster has become merely a footnote in most national media
outlets. News of the U.S. national debt squabble and the latest
celebrity’s baby bump dominate headlines. That is why I am thrilled
that nearly 150 bloggers from all over the world are joining together
today to use the power of social media to make their own headlines; to
share the urgent need of the almost forgotten with their blog readers.
Humans have the capacity to care deeply for those who are suffering,
but in a situation like this when the numbers are too huge to grasp
and the people so far away, we often feel like the little we can do
will be a drop in the ocean, and don’t do anything at all.

 

When news of the famine first hit the news in late July, I selfishly
avoided it. I didn’t want to read about it or hear about it because I
knew I would feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable. I wanted to protect
myself. I knew I would need to do something if I knew what was
really happening. You see, this food crisis is personal. I have a
4-year-old son and a 1 yr-old daughter who were adopted from Ethiopia
and born in regions now affected by the drought. If my children still
lived in their home villages, they would be two of the 12.4 million.
My children: extremely hungry and malnourished? Gulp. I think any one
of us would do anything we could for our hungry child. But
would you do something for another mother’s hungry child?

 

My friend and World Vision staffer, Jon Warren, was recently in Dadaab
Refugee Camp in Kenya–the largest refugee camp in the world with over
400,000 people. He told me the story of Isnino Siyat, 22, a mother who
walked for 10 days and nights with her husband, 1 yr-old-baby,
Suleiman, and 4 yr.-old son Adan Hussein, fleeing the drought in
Somalia. When she arrived at Dadaab, she built the family a shelter
with borrowed materials while carrying her baby on her back. Even her
dress is borrowed. As she sat in the shelter on her second night in
camp she told Jon, “I left because of hunger. It is a very horrible
drought which finished both our livestock and our farm.” The family
lost their 5 cows and 10 goats one by one over 3 months, as grazing
lands dried up. “We don’t have enough food now…our food is finished.
I am really worried about the future of my children and myself if the
situation continues.”

 

 

 

Will you help a child like Baby Suleiman? Ask5for5 is a
dream built upon the belief that you will.

That something I knew I would need to do became a campaign
called #Ask5for5
to raise awareness and funds for famine and drought victims. The
concept is simple, give $5 and ask five of your friends to give $5,
and then they each ask five of their friends to give $5 and so on–in
nine generations of 5x5x5…we could raise $2.4 Million! In one month,
over 750 people have donated over $25,000! I set up a fundraiser at See Your Impact and 100% of the funds will go to World Vision, an
organization that has been fighting hunger in the Horn of Africa for
decades and will continue long after this famine has ended.
Donations can multiply up to 5 times in impact by government
grants to
help provide emergency food, clean water, agricultural support,
healthcare, and other vital assistance to children and families
suffering in the Horn.

I need you to help me save lives. It’s so so simple;
here’s what you need to do:

  1. Donate $5 or more on this page (http://seeyourimpact.org/members/ask5for5)
  2. Send an email to your friends and ask them to join us.
  3. Share #Ask5for5 on Facebook and Twitter!

I’m looking for another 100 bloggers to share this post on their blogs
throughout Social Media Week. Email me at ask5for5@gmail.com if you’re
interested in participating this week.

A hungry child doesn’t wait. She doesn’t wait for us to finish the
other things on our to-do list, or get to it next month when we might
have a little more money to give. She doesn’t wait for us to decide if
she’s important enough to deserve a response. She will only wait as
long as her weakened little body will hold on…please respond now and
help save her life. Ask 5 for 5.

Thank you on behalf of all of those who will be helped–you are saving
lives and changing history.

p.s. Please don’t move on to the next website before you donate and
email your friends right now. It only takes 5 minutes and just $5, and
if you’re life is busy like mine, you probably won’t get back to it
later. Let’s not be a generation that ignores hundreds of thousands of
starving people, instead let’s leave a legacy of compassion. You
have the opportunity to save a life today
!