Smile My Heart,Smile~Louise c. Fryer

Smile My Heart Smile ©2012 Louise c. Fryer

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

HANDS: Only Kindness Matters

Hands ©2011 Istvan Kerekes
If I could tell the world just one thing
It would be that we're all OK
And not to worry 'cause worry is wasteful
And useless in times like these
I won't be made useless
I won't be idle with despair
I will gather myself around my faith
For light does the darkness most fear
My hands are small, I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken
Poverty stole your golden shoes
It didn't steal your laughter
And heartache came to visit me
But I knew it wasn't ever after
We'll fight, not out of spite
For someone must stand up for what's right
'Cause where there's a man who has no voice
There ours shall go singing
My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
I am never broken
In the end only kindness matters
In the end only kindness matters
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken
My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken
We are never broken
We are God's eyes
God's hands
God's mind
We are God's eyes
God's hands
God's heart
We are God's eyes
God's hands
God's eyes
We are God's hands
We are God's hands
Jewel: Hands


Samaritan’s Purse is distributing tons of food staples to fight hunger in drought-stricken Kenya, near the Somali border
As famine spreads across the Horn of Africa, Samaritan's Purse is supplying food and other aid to thousands of hungry families and malnourished children.More than 12 million people are in urgent need of food, water, and medical care in drought-stricken Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia. Experts estimate that starvation and related diseases have already claimed the lives of over 29,000 children under age five. The United Nations is calling the crisis "the world's worst humanitarian disaster.”Samaritan’s Purse has a team based in Garissa, Kenya, along the Somalia border, where we are distributing tons of maize, beans, corn-soy blend, cooking oil, and other necessities.
Our team—which includes experts in nutrition, healthcare, water, and sanitation—is reporting that these are some of the harshest conditions they ever have encountered.
“We drove to a local cattle market, and dead animals could be seen all along the road,” a staff member said. “At the market we spoke with local residents who said this is the worst drought they have experienced in living memory. They made a point to mention that ‘even the older generation has never seen a drought this bad.’ Many of the rural residents are flocking to town because of a lack of water and their diminishing animals stocks. At the market, there were several animals writhing on the ground, left to die because they were so badly off.”
Our emergency response includes plans to implement therapeutic care and supplemental feeding programs for malnourished children. In coordination with our local partners, we have identified sites for food distributions and therapeutic nutritional interventions.
In addition, Samaritan's Purse has launched a cash-for-work program in several villages. We are paying people to build latrines, which will help with health and hygiene conditions while providing some income in these poverty-stricken communities.
"If they are in desperate need, they can use the cash for food, but they can also use it for healthcare or other necessities," said Ruco Van Der Merwe, team leader for the response.
Clean water is another dire need. In some areas, only 20 percent of the families have access to safe drinking water. Many people are now forced to walk miles to reach a water source. As populations are shifting toward areas with better access to water, community resources are being severely strained. Our team is using tanker trucks to haul water to vulnerable villages while we identify longer-term solutions such as drilling boreholes.
“Water is such an issue,” said Zeke Rhodes, program officer. “We see women in the middle of nowhere waving their jerry cans, asking for water. It’s not unusual for people to walk 10-15 miles for water.”
The crisis in the Horn of Africa was brought on by two years of drought that is the worst in 60 years. Massive crop failure and loss of livestock have led to extreme food shortages in a region straddling Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia—a region that has been labeled the “triangle of death.”
As a result, hundreds of thousands of people without food and water have fled to makeshift camps in eastern Kenya looking for emergency aid. Many of the displaced are refugees from neighboring Somalia, who left their war-torn country in hopes of finding help over the border. Much of Somalia is controlled by a militant group, affiliated with al Qaeda, that has denied that a food shortage exists and threatened to maintain their ban on food aid.
“We saw a family with a donkey cart. It was a father and mother, an infant, and two daughters,” Rhodes said. “The girls were in bad shape, emaciated, but still able to walk. It was kind of a glimpse at the journey they’ve taken over the last couple of months. They’ve come a long way, and they’re going to a camp of half-a-million people in some of the most harsh environments you could imagine. It was very sobering.”
The camps in Kenya are overcrowded, and resources are stretched beyond capacity. Conditions aren’t much better outside the camps. Samaritan’s Purse church partners are finding households facing dire shortages of food and water.
Some of the worst hit counties include Wajir and Garissa, areas considered the focal point of the Somalia refugee influx. In these areas, particularly where Samaritan’s Purse partners are involved, there is limited government assistance and little help from other agencies.
Please pray for the people impacted by malnutrition and starvation, for our staff and church partners as they respond in the Name of Christ, that the conditions that are causing this catastrophic food shortage will end, and for God's help in meeting the overwhelming needs of the region.

*(Message Above Taken Directly from The Samaritan’s Purse Website).
Please Take a moment to watch this amazing short film to see what Samaritan’s Purse is doing in Kenya right now!

Here is a link on the Samaritan’s Purse site to some quite amazing photographs of the area that will give you a much better sense of what is taking place there right now.
You may find the link to this charity’s Financial Report Here.
In addition, a link to start a sports event or any special event and create a team page on Samaritan’s Purse to raise money for the project of your choice is right Here.
Open Your Heart, Your Hands and Your Eyes to What is Going on in Our World. According to statistics on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, this morning, 12 million people in the Horn of Africa are suffering from famine, 3.2 million, Somalis. We Are Not Alone. Children are Hungry and 29,000 Children under the age of Five are no Longer Alive because they have been claimed by Lack of proper Nutrition and the absence of Clean Water.
Be Mindful and Compassionate toward those who are Suffering. Starvation is not something you can hear or see until it actually happens and it is often too late. It is a silent killer. Today on NPR, I heard that there was a measles outbreak in several of the camps because Al-Shabaab disallowed children from getting vaccines, believing it was a Western plot. Something as simple as a vaccine can save many lives. Samaritan’s Purse also offers a World Medical Mission for doctors to volunteer on short-term mission trips. You may read more about this wonderful program Here.
Thank you for coming here and taking the time to read and watch. May Your lives be surrounded by Kindness and Compassion Every day,
Noelle Renee
My Thanks to Istvan Kerekes for his amazing photograph. Istvan, you bless me with your images and I am so grateful for them. I am also grateful for Jewel’s beautiful song, “Hands”.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Postcards from Paradise: SMILE

Little FamilyLittle Family © István Kerekes


Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll see the sun come shining through for you
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

~Nat King Cole


Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid” with Michael Jackson’s “Smile” accompanying.


Story behind this photo from Istvan Kerekes:

The boy in the background is the one on my After Dinner ( featured in a previous post). The girl answering the door is his little sister. The room you can see on Little Family is their home, it is the one and only room in their hut. No running water, no electricity....The father is a shepherd (the mother left them) and he has to leave their children alone every day because of his job. So the two children spend their days together, alone on the edge of a forest with no neighbours. When I think about them my heart breaks because I also have two children and I can't image them living like that. :-(




 In his Own Words:

I have been a photographer since 2007. My favourite subject is The Man. I would like to show the souls behind the faces. Everyone has feelings, everybody loves and breathes. My subjects are usually ordinary people. My main aim is to show their personalities through my images. One of William Albert Allard’s thoughts on photos and photography is just like mine, I truly believe in it: “the good portrait is about the eye, the look, since the human soul is reflected in it the most purely.”When taking photos it is my heart that leads me. After I have tuned to the subject I act instinctively.

~Istvan Kerekes

*image posted with kind permission of Istvan Kerekes
Linked to Postcards from Paradise: Please visit Recuerda mi Corazon for more fascinating postcards and insights.