People are starving in East Africa and my response is sadness and frustration. The bottom line is that I have food and they don’t. There are many political reasons for the famine, but at the end of the day, people are going hungry and dying for lack of food. I find it hard to discard thoughts of emaciated children. I want to help, but how?
I just listened to a book called, “Enchantment”, a biography about Audrey Hepburn. During World War Two, she was 5’7″ and weighed 85 pounds because the Nazi’s were starving out Holland. Her family and neighbors were eating tulip bulbs to survive. British troops brought in small bags of potatoes and she said that those potatoes saved their lives. Such a small thing and so seemingly insignificant, but she remembered those potatoes all her life.
I wanted to do something, no matter how small, to help people I don’t know on the other side of the world. I thought of my watercolor prints that have sold well over the last few years. I could promote those and send the money to a trusted organization whose focus was on helping people and had proven themselves in the past. I thought of World Vision because they focus on helping immediately with needs such as food and medicine while addressing the future with education opportunities and micro loans for small businesses. This is an impressive organization.
Until August 18th, I will be selling eleven different prints on my Facebook site to raise funds for East Africa. At the time of this writing, $850.00 has come in. I am so pleased and imagine these pieces of paper in Alaska being turned into food in East Africa.
It’s a miracle, isn’t it?