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Monday, October 27, 2008

Rockumentary

Watch it.









www.callandresponse.com


Desirea

Monday, October 20, 2008

Email from Kelly.

I got this email over the weekend. It was totally encouraging and really showed the heart of a mother.


We (Kelly's family) are having a garage sale and I have pledged 5% of our sales to love146.
We are selling off things to help with medical expenses for our Special Needs 15 month old BUT your organization it very close to my heart.
I am still wanting to help and I am going to open a couple of online stores and plan on 5% of those sales to come your way also. I also TELL everyone about you and took the mailer and donation envelope to our family doctors office a week ago. YOU, your organization and MOST importantly the children are NOT forgotten
Love from crazy artist in Kansas, (also a mother of 3 year old daughter and 15 month old son)
Kelly

Thank you to Kelly and all of the mothers that give to children everyday. You are constantly changing the world with your love.


Desirea

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Altered Euro Bank Notes Raising Awareness.

This was just emailed to me by the Salvation Army's Initiative Against Sex Trafficking head, Lisa Thompson. I thought it was an interesting awareness tool. What do you think?


Altered Euro banknotes embellished with images of prostitutes are being used to discourage Ukrainian women from getting caught up in the sex trade.

These images, which are otherwise almost indistinguishable from the genuine notes, have been produced as part of a campaign to prevent women from the former Soviet state from seeking to work illegally in the EU.

They show underdressed women – obviously prostitutes – leaning against the grand examples of European architecture that have been printed on the currency's bills since its launch in 2002.

Messages warning about the real price of seeking black market employment abroad are printed across the top of the "fake" notes.

Sex trafficking is a serious problem in the Ukraine. Last year the International Organization for Migration estimated that 117,000 Ukrainians had been forced into prostitution or indentured labour abroad since 1991, more than any other Eastern European country.

Women who are trafficked abroad illegally are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, with the criminal gangs who arrange their transport often refusing to return their passports.

Prostitution is widespread in the Ukraine, which is home to more than 12,000 sex workers. The rise of sex tourism, fuelled by wealthy visitors from the US and the EU, sparked demonstrations from students in the capital Kiev this summer.






Cartoon

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Home.

I will always have a home. I don’t mean the adult “need –to- pay -the –mortgage” kind of home,
I mean the home of my childhood.
I walked through wheat fields taller than me.
My friends were walnut trees in a neat grove (these trees could be castles with hidden rooms, wise old giant-friends with gnarled skin or sinister great owls ready to wrap leafy wings and carry me off through the dark).
I developed my love for pancakes with peanut butter and syrup.
I fought with a little brother – white-haired and stubborn.
I closed my eyes each evening after moonlit prayers with parents on whose own prayers I am built to this day.
A million things, greater than the stars are bound in me from home.
My bones, my soul were formed by this home of mine.
And I know, it is still there and always carried with me.

I think of these little ones.
I think of their home.
We began construction this September.
A rounded home – built without corners. No corners to alienate, no corners to hide.
Just curves. Curves like a mother’s hug, like a father’s protection.
What wonders will these children carry with them from their new home?
Do you remember home?
Do you know home now?
This home, this rounded home is built from tears, from fight, from belief, from research, from knowledge. This home is built from your hands and ours.
In this home will be Love.

For children who thought they were dogs, for girls who thought they were refuse, for victims who thought their time was done, for beauty ravaged by ugly violence, for the fathers and mothers of abolition who came before us, for our sisters and brothers who work in a breadth and width of belief in restoration. This home is dedicated.

May these children one day, look back at their home and realize it is always there, still carried with them, and in it they always have known Love.


Desirea

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Investment returns; WAY UP!!!

The front page of our newspaper (and just about every other newspaper) this morning had the following headline: “Investment returns; down!”

This unstable and insane economic climate (I think this is the first time in my life I’ve ever used the term “economic climate”. I suddenly feel like one of those talking head economists on CNN). Anyway…This unstable and insane economic climate is consuming the news and all of our thoughts lately.

In the midst of the chaos, I have found a sure fire investment opportunity that guarantees amazing returns. And because I’m a generous guy, I’m going to share it with you and give you the chance to get in on it.

Are you ready?

Invest in children.

Henry James wrote; “To believe (invest) in a child is to believe (invest) in the future. Through their aspirations they will save the world. With their combined knowledge the turbulent seas of hate and injustice will be calmed. They will champion the causes of life's underdogs, forging a society without class discrimination. They will supply humanity with music and beauty as it has never known. They will endure. Towards these ends I pledge my life's work.” (I added invest)

We are watching staggering returns in the lives of our children in safehomes who are being restored to life again and beginning to dream of unbelievably promising futures.

Nelson Mandela said; “"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats (invests in) its children." (invests in; mine)

Will you join me in the investment of a lifetime which will produce returns for generations?

Invest here: http://www.love146.org/


-Rob