Friday, 22 November 2013

This Morning's Mini Roadtrip - Back to the 90s!

Hey friends!

So this morning I CRAWLED out of bed at half past 5 in the morning and rolled myself into the bathroom to get ready to visit Ashton College in Ballito.
I've never been a morning person... most of the time, I'm scared to look in the mirror until about 10am and battle to put a full sentance together until I have had my 9am cup of coffee. Today was somehow different.

Kodak, Dodge and myself grunted good morning to eachother and pulled ourselves into the Sugar Bay car at 6:30 in the morning (Who in their right mind is awake at this time!?!). As we were leaving Zinkwazi Beach, I decided to turn on the radio to keep us awake until we could stop to get some caffine in our systems. And... BAM! Spice Girls Wannabe was playing! I remember dancing around the living room to this song when I was about 13 years old with my younger sister - Hair in "Baby Spice" pigtails and my sister sporting a "Mel C" up-do.

All of us in the car - including "Mr Manly" himself, Rodger Dodger - started singing along, full blast, to this 90s hit, funny looks from passing cars and all. "I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want!". Now... I can imagine Dodge as scary spice, can't you?

So... now we're energized without coffee. It's a miracle! We get coffee anyway... now we can form full sentances without the Spice Girls backing track.

Ashton College was sooo cool. We sat in on the best school assembly ever, where they gave money for the Save the Rhino Fund, Talked about helping others and expressed the importance of compassion. What a cool school.
To top it off, we got to tell them all about Sugar Bay and sing Tarzan with them.
We're even more excited because we have the Ashton Grade 5s coming to us on Monday morning (after coffee time, of course).

After this I got to go buy new shoes and a really pretty dress AND we were back at Sugar Bay by half past 9! I feel like we've got a lot done this morning. Now... TIME FOR THE WEEKEND!!!! WOOP WOOP!

Till next time - stay cool and sing along to Spice Girls.

Poodle xx

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

There will be a war.... People will fight over water.

Goood morning all :)

I hope your week has been as productive as mine has!
Since there are still no camps this week, my blog is more of an awareness.. Please take 5 minutes out of your day to read this sad but true and very relevant story..

A 45-year-old mother of seven, lives in northern Kenya’s Marsabit District, where life is a daily struggle for scarce water and pasture.

Abdalla’s family lives on about 10 litres of water per day, far below the 20-50 litres per person per day recommended by the UN. She told IRIN/PlusNews about her daily struggle for water:
When it is the turn of my Manyatta [a small settlement] to take water from the nearby water vending place, I wake up in the morning at four o’clock so that I am sure by midday, I will have received my portion of water. I usually find the queue already so long, and some people you get already queuing tell you they have been there from 3am.
Some of us women come with small children to the water vendor and stay the whole day waiting for our turn. The children cry all day of hunger and the scorching sun, but getting water is the most important thing at that moment.
At the vendor, it doesn’t matter what is the size of your family. We are just given five jerry cans of 20 litres each and they expect you to use it until after 10 days when you can return for more.
When I finish my water – which I always do before the end of the 10 days because my family is large – we buy from people who hawk water. They sell one 20 litre container for 50 shillings [US$0.54], which is very expensive but there is little I can do. At times, you end up using money meant for food to buy water because even if you have food, you can’t cook it without water.
I have instructed my children to bathe in turns – two every day – when I get the water; by three days, all my seven children will have taken a bath. I must do only the most important things with the water, and for my family, bathing every day is not one of those important things. Washing clothes is not a must and you must be creative and repeat clothes frequently to save on water.
I have seven children but there would have been more; I lost three to cholera because the surroundings are dirty as a result of poor hygiene… You can’t maintain hygiene without water.
There are boreholes dug in the forest but a woman cannot go there because when you go there, men at times attack us and rape us. Those who come with their animals also do not respect women like us and they force us to leave the water points for their cattle.
Here in Marsabit, we will have war one day and it will not be about animals or land… War will take place because people will be fighting for water.”

So, after reading that, I truly hope you conserve water more.. Don't waste it.. Ever! Our water is precious, yet we take it for granted. While we use washing machines, there are people who use their only food money just to buy water so they can cook their basic meals..
Find it in your hearts to try and make a difference! Anyone can, and you could save a life.. Make it your weeks mission to do something for someone else, someone less fortunate!

Happy Wednesday everyone :)
Peace, Love and unconditional happiness..