Winner is: #27 Cherylyn
Yesterday, was a long, busy but lazy day. I did tons of work, but most of it from my bed. My sinus infection has migrated and taken up residence in my chest and I feel pretty rotten! After my bout with pneumonia a couple of months ago I figure I should take it easy. I have a great boss (me), who doesn’t mind me working @ home in my PJ’s.
I truly believe that as North Americans we have won a birth lottery. The fact that we all are communicating online by computer means that we are more fortunate than 99% of the worlds population (I read this somewhere once, don’t remember where and don’t want to argue about it, but I think it is true). I think we have a moral responsibility to the rest of the human race and especially the children.
For many years prior to Georgia’s birth, I along with Heather @ OMSH managed an non-profit organization that supported nearly 500 orphans ages 0-12 years old in two orphanages in Kherson, Ukraine. We provided the children with formula, food, clothing, bedding, toys and school supplies. It was rewarding work! About one month after Georgia was born, my business partner quit (www.thebabymarketplace.com partner). Leaving me with a sole responsiblity of a very busy baby business and a newborn. NOT GOOD and down right selfish timing, I am still not quite over it, but that’s a whole other post.
Something had to give and Heather and I both decided that we didn’t have the time to do www.aidfororphans.org justice and decided that we had to let it go. It was a very difficult decision to make and I cried for months worrying about the children and how they would cope. We did leave them in very good condition (nearly 7,000 USD of formula and supplies were delivered before we stopped). A huge construction project that included major renovations including plastering, electrical, plumbing, flooring, doors, windows, new kitchen and bathrooms was completed. You think doing renovations in person is difficult try being 10K miles away and communicating in two different languages (enough to put me in the nut house) and even more good news the orphanage “wish list” had changed from formula, food and clothing –> dvd players, tv’s and computers. A sign that they were no longer desperate for the necessities.
For months now I have been thinking about Africa and it’s orphans. So much so, that I have been writing to orphanages offering my assistance. I am ready and willing to take on a project, but no one has responded. So when reading the blog of one of my readers Laura, I was intrigued by this post. I checked out this site: Grace & Hope and now I am the proud sponsor of these two small angels.
I haven’t thought out my plan well enough yet to talk specifics here on the blog, but I figure with the nearly 10,000 people that read our www.thebabymarketplace.com newsletter and the hundreds more that pop over here each day,
I we could make a real difference, just like we did in Ukraine.
I passed on the links to the Organic Clothing Post to the good folks @ Parade.ca and they have generously donated THREE rompers. I will give away one more today and then another later in the month.
I Parade is giving away an Organic Baby Romper from their PURE collection (same as yesterday). They are made using certified organic cotton and produced in sweatshop free enviroments using fairtrade.
One piece heaven. So comfy for baby at home or out on the town. Available in pear green, dirt brown or mandarin orange with natural pocket and trim. Cost $26.50 USD / $28.00 CAD (This price is in line with many of the leading designer brands and quality manufacturers).
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