08 November 2012

ONEMoms in Ethiopia: Watch this gorgeous video. Then act.

I still have so much to say about my time in Ethiopia with The ONE Campaign. I've been turning it over in my mind, trying to find the proper words, the proper delivery method, the proper message. I now know there is no "proper." There is only the story, and the people, and the great change that is possible when we work together.

This isn't rhetoric. I know, during a crazy election season, the words "change" and "work together" have been thrown around and paid lip service. It's hard, sometimes, to believe that the political machine is even capable of meaningful change.

But it is. I saw it. Let me show you.

Watch the ONEMoms video

This gorgeous video will give you a glimpse of our Ethiopia trip in a way my writing (and even Karen Walrond's magnificent photos) can't. You'll see some of the people who are working day and night to educate, to feed their families, to provide healthcare, to improve agriculture and nutrition, to start businesses.

These are people who, with very little money or technology, are changing the lives of people around them, and, in the process, the future of Ethiopia.

Let those faces and voices and messages sink in for a moment. Do you feel something? Do you feel a connection?

Now sign the petition

Now let that connection move you to act. You are one of those people with the power to change things. One click is your voice, your vote. One click to sign the ONE Campaign petition to urge Congress to protect lifesaving programs that are working to fight HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty worldwide.

We are approaching something called a fiscal cliff which will result in unprecendented cuts to programs across the board, including those that fund the lifesaving programs we saw in Ethiopia.

Cutting these programs - which make up less than 1% of the US budget - won't make a dent in the deficit, but will put millions of lives at risk.

  • 112,500 pregnant moms won't receive medicine to prevent their babies from being infected with HIV
  • 2.5 million bed nets won't be available to protect families from malaria
  • 1 million fewer families will learn new farming techniques and be better nourished

With just one click, you tell Congress to protect these programs. You let the universal connection of parenthood move you to act.

I have much more to tell you, and I'm going to stop trying to find the proper way to do it. Thank you so much for joining me in this.

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Let me tell you why I unsubscribed.

I no longer believe that we should urge Congress to fund ANYTHING outside the USA. Am I being xenophobic, hating other people? No, it's just that the US is BROKE and BROKEN, and we cannot afford to fund these programs, worthwhile as they may be.

You might say that it's such a small amount, nobody would notice. Then talk to the diminishing PRIVATE SECTOR after the coming tsunami of Obamacare layoffs and the looming fiscal cliff.

People, look after your families. That's what is important.

Darryl: Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. If you'll permit me to respond (with the understanding that I respect whatever decision you make):

Maintaining funding for these programs does NOT take away from our families, US programs or the health of our economy. It amounts to less a penny per dollar.

If anything, maintaining (not increasing) funds increases the long-term potential of growing viable trade relationships and friendly strategic partnerships which will GROW our economy. I have to run now but am happy to provide more info on this but the bottom line is:

This does NOT take away from the US.

Hi Darryl, I hope you don't mind me jumping in here. I am one of the women that traveled with Asha in Ethiopia, and also happen to be a conservative. I've written about this topic too, and approached it from a conservative mindset. Though Foreign Aid is often thought of as a pet project of the left, it really is integral to to of our conservative priorities; the private sector economy and national security. If you have a few minutes I hope you'll consider reading my post for more information on how the three are interconnected. You can find it here: http://www.righteousbacon.com/conservative-thoughts-on-the-fiscal-cliff-foreign-aid/

I wish everyone had a chance to travel to Ethiopia and see exactly what challenges they face. My adopted son's Ethiopian birth mother was 13 when she gave birth to her first child. When she gave birth to my son and his twin, she was only 17, and both she and his twin died due to complications during labor. Educating and lifting up the people of the world, particularly the women, and adopting a global mindset is the only way to "right" the state of things.


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Ahhh . . . Ethiopia! My heart is forever there! I spent 2 1/2 months there when I was 19 working with an orphanage and the underground church (it was still under communist rule at that time). It was there that I felt called to become a nurse. I fell in love with the people, the country and especially the kids!
What a great and inspiring video! Loved the photography, the smiles, seeing the beautiful people and moms helping them out!
Thanks for sharing!

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