Sunday, August 14, 2011

Day 226

After a weekend full of activities I chose to stay in and volunteer from home so that I could spend some time with my wonderful family :)

I used the time to go to care2 make a difference

I did the usual click to donate tabs and learned that overall we have provided 757 months of child sponsorship, saved 9,369 acres of rainforest, protected 17,120,515 acres of big cat habitat, clicked 21,149,902 times to end breast cancer forever, helped feed 19,645,972 pets in shelters, clicked 18,921,030 times to fund IFAW's seal hunt observers, protected 48,381.5 acres of oceans, fed rescued primates 19,179,670 times, offset 13,367,537 days of computer energy use, clicked 14,760,756 times to end violence against women, and provided 125,245 days of wolf adoption. 

Collectively, we're definitely making a difference!

I also took today's daily action challenge and signed a petition to urge President Obama to impose tough trade sanctions on Icelandic companies tied to whaling. For years, Iceland has flouted the international ban on commercial whaling by killing hundreds of whales - including the endangered fin whale.

Lastly, I signed a petition to help children with disabilities survive the famine in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya.  

Related to this last piece, a friend sent on some information about the amazing work IMANA is doing in this part of Africa.  Here's some quick information on what is going on:

"Dr. Ismail Mehr, IMANA Vice President and Chair of IMANA Medical Relief is in East Africa assessing the crisis in Somalia, where over 12.4 million are affected and hundreds of thousands are dead. 3.7 million people are in immediate need or they will not survive, of which 1.25 million are children.

Dr. Mehr visited UNHCR IFO Refugee Camp, in Dadaab,Kenya first and witnessed the devastation first hand. On the route to the camp, the effects of the drought are apparent everywhere, as the roads are littered with remains of animals that could not escape the drought. Outside of the Dadaab Refugee camp are the fresh graves of the many people who died while waiting to be registered at the camp by the UN. Sadly, most of these are the graves of children, as 29,000 children under the age of 5 have died in the last 90 days. Dr. Mehr says, "I'm at a complete loss for words, the situation is just horrific. To see children dying of hunger is unbelievable we need to do something now". Refugees are walking hundreds of miles from Somalia to receive help in Kenya."

Check it out and please help their efforts if you are able to!

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