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Kids Books and Resources about Hunger

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These books are great to read as a family and cover the topic of hunger and food security. 

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Beatrice’s Goat By: Page McBrier (Beatrice receives a goat named Mugisa that can lift her family out of poverty.)

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One Hen By: Katie Smith Milway (Kojo from Ghana helps his family out of poverty with the gift of a hen.)

Follow up these books by sharing global gift catalogs with your kids.

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Faith the Cow By: Susan Bame Hoover  (Susan grew up across the street from a barn that raised baby cows for Heifer International.)

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Bone Button Borscht By: Aubrey Davis (A version of the classic stones soup, a beggar shows a village how to work together.)

images (10)What the World Eats By: Peter Menzel (A books that shares photographs about what people around the world eat)

images (16)The Good Garden By: Katie Smith Milway (A struggling family in Honduras revives their family with a gardening project.)

 

Visit The Good Garden Website.

Meet the now grown Maria Luz of the story. Watch a video of her journey from hunger to having enough.

Meet Real People whose lives were changed from good gardening.

Educators can find curriculum to the Good Garden here.

Water Aid Kids Activities

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2,000 children die every day from easily prevented diarrheal diseases. We can educate our kids to make a difference for kids around the world that do not have access to clean water and safe sanitation.

 

What kids doesn’t want to fight poop justice?

 

Enter WaterAid kids resources..

The Learn Zone at WaterAid has a sense of humor just right for kids.

 

Download a Water Splash Coloring Book for 3-5 year olds.

Play Games

  • Pani the Handlepump (quiz game) 
  • Turdliwinks (flick your turdliwinks into ‘toilet targets’)
  • Soozhal (Be an investigative journalist in India)

Watch 13 different videos all appropriate for kids. The issue comes to life when you see children moving through the challenge of finding clean water.

Download Information Sheets for Kids

Watch an On-line Comic Book featuring:

  • Vinny the Poo
  • Super Toilet
  • Driplette
  • Soapy Hero

SH2OP for LIFE 

 

WaterAid is a partner organization of Mom Bloggers for Social Good and the Global Team of 200.

Try one of these out with your family and tell us all about their reaction! 

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Overturn

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I am a heart girl, not a theology girl.

There are a lot interpretations about Jesus going into the temple and overturning the tables of the money collectors. (Matthew 21:12)

 

I am struck by that image. Overturning tables was a passionate response. I have been reading through Beth Moore’s journal for her book So Long, Insecurity. A part in one prayer reads- Overturn every single thing the enemy meant for evil into something good.

 

A little story: I am not made for social media. These little boxes keep coming up trying to entice me to do something that would allow me to see who has ‘unfriended’, ‘untwittered’, ‘unpinned’ me. Why can’t we just all be friends? Talk about insecure, I sit here pouring out my heart and up pops ‘three people have un-friended you.’ I want to type back to this robot thing, ‘something not suitable for me to say.’

This little story is my humorous attempt at conveying that the world can be unkind. I think we all know that pain in different layers and in different ways.

 

So take your worries, your insecurities, your fears, unkindness that you have felt, heartbreaking moments and lay them on the table.

Letting go hurts, its a sacrifice. Sometimes we cling to these things because they feel safe and comfortable.

 

Imagine overturning the table and watching what you laid there knocked over to fade away into nothing.

Like a pile of leaves burning to nothing.

Attached to heavy weight and sent to the depths of the sea.

Ripped to pieces so small they are not discernible.

Painted over in a mess of vibrant colors.

Simply, let go into God’s bigger hands.

 

This week overturn the unkind things that are stuck on repeat in your mind.

Replace them with the things that bring you into the proximity of renewal.

 

You are strong enough.

UNICEF’s End Trafficking Project

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January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. (We’ll have some awesome opportunity’s to be involved through Exodus Road and upcoming guest posts by university students who attended Passion 2013.)

 

Today, Global Team of 200 shares UNICEF’s End Trafficking Project.

 

An estimated 5.5 million children are victims of trafficking, an illegal enterprise that generates an estimated $32 billion in yearly profits.

Did you know? Human trafficking cases have been reported in every state in the United States. Rates are particularly high in California, Texas, Florida, and New York.

 

BELIEVE in ZERO exploited children. I don’t think our minds can truly understand what these children endure. We have a responsibility to get involved and speak for those that can’t speak for themselves.

Watch the new documentary film Not My Life 

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Give Hope: Exodus Road

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All week we have been encouraged with stories of hope.

 

Exodus Road has an opportunity for us to offer hope.

Freeing young girls from sexually slavery takes an immense amount of courage.

Exodus Road investigators work in dark places and seeing such suffering takes an emotional toll on a person. Their work places them in the proximity of renewal, but also danger. They are not able to rescue everyone.

They are making a profound difference. They need our encouragement to keep up the fight.

 

How can you give hope? Write a letter thanking the investigators.

Here is an example by: Laura Parker. 

Each letter will be copied and hand delivered to all the investigators in the field. This is a small gesture that will provide much needed encouragement to these hero’s.  I plan to take time out this holiday season to write a note of encouragement.

 

Send the letter to:

The Exodus Road
PO Box 7591 Woodland Park, Colorado 80863

or submit the letter online.

 

Read the story of Laura and Sophia here. 

Often young girls are lead into a life of prostitution unknowingly, as shown in their story.

Imagine:

You are from a poor family. Someone offers you a job in another country, a good job. This job might be explained as cleaning houses or as a nanny. You are told you will make enough money to send home to provide for your family.

When you arrive to this new country you are met by a sex trafficker, your passport is striped away and you are told you owe a debt to this person for your plane ticket and housing, a debt that must be paid off in prostitution.

You are young. You are in a foreign country and do not know the language. You are far from your family and everything that is familiar.

 

Where does hope reside in that?

It resides in the people willing to fight back against sex trafficking. It resides in the courage of girls that long for rescue.