Be the Change
What can You do to be an Agent of Change?
I received an email this morning from my daughter about this little five year old girl who became the catalyst for changing the hunger and homelessness situation in the San Francisco Bay area. It inspired me to create a lens on her efforts.
This little girl's name is Phoebe. She is five years old and when she saw a homeless person holding up a sign begging for food, she wondered why this man looked so sad. Her mother explained to her that there are people who are hungry and homeless because they lost their jobs, or something bad has happened to them. So Phoebe told her mom that they should collect cans, cash them in, and start feeding these people so they won't be so sad anymore. You will have to watch the video to hear the rest of the story.
Some of my lenses get thousands of people visiting them each week. I was thinking that this should be one of them. If everyone who visits this lens donated the minimum of $2.00, then think of how many people we could collectively feed as a Squid Nation.
There is absolutely no reason for anyone to be hungry or homeless in the United States or anywhere in the world. I challenge each and every reader to import Phoebe's psyche and do what you can to be the change.
5-year-old Phoebe's Food Bank - If a five year old can do it, so can you!
After watching this video, I donated $5.00 to Phoebe's cause. Not much, because I don't have much. But it was the first thing I did today after reading the email my daughter sent me with this video. If everyone donated the minimum of just $2.00, another person could eat for another day.
After seeing a person holding a cardboard sign begging for food, Phoebe wondered, "Why does that man look so sad, and why is he holding a sign in the street?" That question to her parents, during her daily ride to daycare, sparked an idea that has helped feed nearly 18,000 hungry San Franciscans. Oh, and Phoebe is five years old!
The Face of Hunger
What is Hunger? - In case you didn't know...
Hunger is a feeling experienced when one has a desire to eat. Although an average nourished individual can survive weeks without food intake,the sensation of hunger typically begins after a couple of hours without eating and is generally considered quite uncomfortable. The sensation of hunger can often be alleviated and even mitigated entirely with the consumption of food. Hunger is also the most commonly used term to describe the social condition of people who frequently experience, or live with the threat of experiencing, the physical sensation of hunger.
There are three main effects of hunger:
* Malnutrition is a general term for a condition caused by improper diet or nutrition.
* Famine is a widespread scarcity of food that may apply to any faunal species, which phenomenon is usually accompanied by regional malnutrition, starvation, epidemic, and increased mortality.
* Starvation describes a "state of exhaustion of the body caused by lack of food." This state may precede death.
Photo is of a Child victim of the Holodomor. 1933 archive photo made in Ukraine, public domain.
On the average, a person dies every second as a result of hunger - 4000 every hour - 100 000 each day - 36 million each year - 58 % of all deaths (2001-2004 estimates).
On the average, a child dies every 5 seconds as a result of hunger - 700 every hour - 16 000 each day - 6 million each year - 60% of all child deaths (2002-2008 estimates).
Planet Voodoo's Haiti Response Fundraiser at MercyCorps
Help Change Lives
As the owner of Planet Voodoo, I decided to launch a fundraising campaign for our brothers and sisters in Haiti. I wanted to have a place where you can find information and updates about our efforts. As you know, we have partnered with Mercy Corps to raise as much money as we can with the help of our patrons to act as agents of change in response to such a devastating crisis. Together, I know we can make a difference.
Why Mercy Corps? Well, I am in no position to handle the funds raised for our humanitarian efforts, but Mercy Corps is. They have a proven track record consisting of three decades of experience helping disaster-struck communities transition from receiving aid to carrying out their own recovery, and are ready to respond immediately to all kinds of crises. They are transparent, which means they are accountable for all of the money received and anyone can see their financial statements. Certainly, this is always a concern when human crises occur and donations are being made. We want to make sure that the money that is being donated is going where it is supposed to go.
Planet Voodoo has partnered with MercyCorps to help raise funds and rebuild lives. Please visit Planet Voodoo's Haiti Response Fundraiser at MercyCorps to make your donation today. There is power in numbers; find your power today and be the change.
Be the Change
How did I not know about this site?
I don't know how I managed to miss this site, but as usual, my daughter found it first and sent it to me via the Phoebe story. KarmaTube is a collection of short, "do something" videos coupled with simple actions that every viewer can take.
"Our mission is to spread the good. Thank you for your partnership in service."
We Can Do It!
Agents of Change
Eve Ensler has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive. THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES is based on Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women's' sexuality and strength.
Today, V-Day is a global movement that supports anti-violence organizations throughout the world, helping them to continue and expand their core work on the ground, while drawing public attention to the larger fight to stop worldwide violence (including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual slavery) against women and girls. V-Day exists for no other reason than to stop violence against women. In ten years, the V-Day movement has raised over $60 million. V-Day was named one of Worth magazine's "100 Best Charities" in 2001 and Marie Claire's "Top Ten Charities" in 2006.
The Angela Shelton Foundation
The Angela Shelton Foundation was born out of the amazing response from the documentary Searching for Angela Shelton. With the intent of surveying women in America, Filmmaker Angela Shelton drove around the country and met other Angela Sheltons. She found that 70% of the 40 Angelas she spoke to had been victims of rape, childhood sexual abuse or domestic violence, herself included.
After receiving countless emails from survivors all over the world and speaking at organizations and universities in over twenty-seven states, Angela Shelton has met thousands of survivors who want to heal and don't know how.
The purpose of the Angela Shelton Foundation is to inspire and empower all survivors of abuse to heal and lead joyful lives.
We have many projects that we are working on from The Survivor Manual, to workshops, to providing assistance to worldwide organizations and projects in the arts and media that share our mission of inspiring, empowering and aiding all survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence.
Other Agents of Change
There are so many and I will continue to add to this list as time allows. Hey, maybe you can put yourself on this list!
- VDay- Meet Eve Ensler
EVE ENSLER, playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, translated into over 45 languages and performed in over 120 countries, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway's Westside Theater and on London's West End (
- Official Site of Angela Shelton
Angela Shelton is an acclaimed model, actress, writer, comedian, filmmaker and loudmouth. Angela has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours Investigates, NPR, Lifetime Television for Women and she has graced the cover of the N
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968), was an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement. His main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States and he is
- Barack O'Bama
Barack Hussein Obama II, born August 4, 1961, is the 44th and current President of the United States. The first African American to hold the office, he served as the junior United States Senator from Illinois from January 2005 until he resigned after
- Gloria Steinam
Gloria Marie Steinem (born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist icon, journalist, and social and political activist.
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Change Yourself, Change the World - Be a Ripple
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