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#ShareNiger: Sponsor a child to help save a life


Niger Drought: all their rivers have dried up....

Patch of Puddles, another MAD Blog Finalist, is trying to do something amazing along with a blogging friend of hers.

Sian To visited Niger with the charity WorldVision recently to see what is happening there. The #ShareNiger blog and awareness campaign was born out of this trip.

WorldVision are supporting families affected by the drought and food crisis in Niger, asking people to sponsor a child. Patch of Puddles and #ShareNiger would like us to help further raise the profile of this initiative and help to get more donations.

I know this is off base for this blog. But is it really, when children and parents are suffering so?

We are here to help, and I can’t think of anything more worthwhile than appealing for people to donate to help the lives of these families who are struggling. Their rivers have dried up, and there is no food in their bellies. They need our help.

I cannot imagine how the mothers, fathers and the children are feeling. I know how my children were when they were little if we missed a meal by even so much as five minutes. But that’s nothing compared to what these families are having to live with day in and day out.

We are so lucky here, we sometimes forget that there are so many who are less fortunate than us. Lives that are blighted by poverty, hunger and nature’s cruellest weapon; the weather. Our family has so much. Yet the families and children here need so much we all take for granted.

I know that some of you have little to give, but anything can help, no matter how small you feel it would be; it is not small, not for these children who have so little.

If you can, do please help by donating though the link below.

We can all make a difference.

DONATE to the WorldVision Appeal through Patch of Puddle’s Blog Post on the Niger Crisis; scroll down to donate, but do read the post too, and view the video. It tells you everything you need to know far better and more eloquently than I could.


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Monday 18th of June 2012

Thank you so much for supporting #ShareNiger. x


Monday 18th of June 2012

No worries. Thanks for highlighting their plight.

World Vision UK

Monday 18th of June 2012

Thank you Helen for sharing and your interest in #ShareNiger, it's been incredible to see the blogging community banding together to help food crisis affected children in West Africa!


Monday 18th of June 2012

Thanks for the comment, WorldVision, and I hope we can all help to improve the children's lives.

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