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What is Love?

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During a recent Girl Power workshop, we had a discussion with our girls from the JLMC sponsored school Kyevunze Primary School in Kyevunze village on relationships, the good kind and the bad. Since gender-based violence is a big concern in Uganda, we wanted to highlight with the girls the importance of positive relationships and discuss how to avoid unhealthy relationships. Gender-based violence includes any physical, sexual, psychological, child abuse, dowry related violence or any other harmful practice based on a person’s gender.

We divided the girls up into three groups and asked them to define what is love and what love should look like depending on the relationship — with a boyfriend, husband, or family member.

The girls did give their views on why it may be a disadvantage to have a boyfriend at this stage in their lives. They said having a boyfriend would most likely lead to pregnancy, failure to concentrate on studies, and cheap xenical online dropping out of school. They added that the best time to have sexual relations with boys would be when they are at least 18 years or older and finished with school.

When asked what it means to finish school, one girl said, “sophomore year in high school,”

while another said, “after senior year in high school”. On asking further why they stopped at high school, we realized that these girls so far don’t have any role models from their peers or in their community who have gone beyond senior year in high school. Apparently most of them stop their schooling after sophomore year. The girls were then encouraged to dream beyond high school. Many made promises to have big dreams of finishing university education and getting a good job.

In the middle of the workshop, two girls from the community insisted on joining the group. They are in high school and were very interested to learn what Girl Power was all about. This is a good sign that our Girl Power

program is reaching well beyond the schools and into the communities!

The Real Value of Holiday Gifts – and Giving in Uganda

The Real Value of Holiday Gifts – and Giving in Uganda

If you have been following the news

lately the economic reports are saying that this past holiday spending period has been the strongest since 2007.  This news viagra buy now makes people feel good as holiday spending is considered a thermostat of our overall economic environment and it is credited as a key indicator that the economy is moving in the right direction.

So how did you spend your money this holiday and how are you planning to close out the year?

Here are a few eye-opening statistics for you.

In a single calendar year…

We spend over $32 billion on video games
We spend over $45 billion feeding our dogs and cats in North America alone.
We spend over $61 billion trying to lose weight
We spend over $160 billion trying to make us look younger

Now consider that if we wanted to send every child on the PLANET to school each year, it would cost $11 Billion.  According to Cynthia Kersey, founder of the Unstoppable Foundation, an organization that raises money to help Just Like My Child Foundation and other organizations build schools, that number represents only HALF the money the US spends on ice cream.  Ice Cream!

So what would happen if you decided to finish out 2010 with a gift from the heart?

Donations to Just Like My Child will bring progress and empowerment to entire communities for the price of the average gift card.

$25      Parasite and De-worming Treatment for 25 students
$50      Lunch for 5 students for 1 term (3 terms per year)
$100    Insecticide -Treated Bed Net for 30 people PLUS Malaria Prevention and Treatment Education
$200    Bicycle for family members to get to and from school, town and medical aide
$300    Pair of poultry / livestock to breed or an agricultural kit with seed PLUS health education and business and financial training workshops for HIV+ women – Enabling them to create their own sustainable business to support their family and send their children to school.

If you still have a few colleagues, clients or friends you forgot to buy for, you can also purchase a charity Good Card so that the recipient could use to donate to one of 1.2 million charities.

To donate directly to any of the Just Like My Child programs, please click here. https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=39639

Five Ways to Raise Globally Conscious Kids

How can we teach our kids to realize that there’s more to fulfillment than the next video game, cell phone or fast food drive through?

How do we teach our kids that what’s going to fill them up is Giving not Getting?

As the mother of an eight-year-old boy and the founder of Just Like My Child Foundation,  I am constantly thinking of how to move children from “me” to “we.”

Here are my Five Steps to Raising Globally Conscious Kids.

1.      Identify a generic viagra us cause. There is something so beautiful and pure about a child’s innate passion and energy. Don’t be afraid to leverage this! Ask yourself: “What do I feel passionately about? What is my child naturally interested in?” Expose your kids to a cause you feel strongly about, even if it’s by sharing information

with them, showing them an article in the paper about poverty or a great story of triumph over tragedy.

I have seen so many kids in Africa deal with things that my son will never have to know, and yet they smile through the day and are as willing and happy to love. Kids can handle way more than we imagine. Try to focus their inherent passion on a meaningful cause.

2.      Interpret why it matters.  Help your child to interpret why becoming conscious of others is important to them. Develop their natural instinct to be compassionate beings.Why should they care that children they will never meet are dying of a disease that will never affect them? Why should they care if the polar ice cap is melting?

Introduce the concept of “oneness” – we are all in this together. The kids on the other side of the world are just like them; the earth is our home.

3.      Make it interesting.  Give them something to be interested in! Give them something that they can champion, something that will build their confidence in their own ability to make a difference.

4.      Get them involved. One of the best ways to engage kids is to “involve” them in a project. When you involve them in the process, it becomes their own, and they LOVE this! And kids are so capable and creative. Their ideas are guaranteed to amaze and surprise you.

Serving in the local community with your kids through small volunteer projects (which abound everywhere) is a great antidote to consumerism.

After spending a day distributing meals to the homeless, it’s far less likely that you’ll be getting the plea to buy your kids anything new on the way home!

5.      Let Them Struggle. Our children need to struggle to grow stronger. Allowing them to feel their own pain helps them feel the pain of others. This is the only way to learn compassion, which literally means, “to suffer together with.”

As a mom, I often reference the story of the little boy and the butterfly. The little boy comes upon a chrysalis, a cocoon of a caterpillar ready to emerge into a butterfly. The boy watches the butterfly struggle to break free of its home. Taking pity on the butterfly, the boy removes the chrysalis for the butterfly. The butterfly spreads its beautiful wings a few times and then, unable to fly, lays down and dies.

The butterfly needed to struggle out of its shell to gain the strength to fly and live.

The Buddha said, “Compassion is that which makes the heart of the good move at the pain of others. It crushes and destroys the pain of others.” Your child’s heart already inherently knows this, and all you have to do is guide him or her along the way to ensure they are clear about what it looks and feels like to be a globally conscious human being.

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