Posts

Showing posts from 2013

SPONSOR A CHILD & HELP END ILLITERACY

Image
WHAT IS ILLITERACY?

Illiteracy is the inability to read or write. Illiteracy can be caused by the hindrance to a good education for multiple reasons such social, family or motivation problems. The rate of illiteracy is ascending by 32% according to a study by WSI (World Statistics Institute).

Illiteracy not only curbs a countries development but it also hinders the individual growth of a person to reach their full potential. This could also hinder their descendants from achieving a higher goal as illiteracy will be seen as a way of life.

Education is key to curbing illiteracy world wide.



HOW CAN YOU HELP?

There are so many ways you can help a child realize their potential and that is by giving them an education. However, children in rural areas do not have the privileged of benefiting in education due to many factors such as: insufficient tuition fees, education centers beings afar off, no one in their family being literate, having to work at a young age and having no one to sponsor th…

CREATE A SAFETY PLAN

Image
Many things happen in ours lives but some of those things can  be prepared for. For those trying to escape an abusive relationship, you will need a safety plan to do so. If you are going out camping, you will need a safety plan in case things don't go as planned and even when just living in normal conditions, a safety plan gives us the reassurance we need in case of danger.




WHAT IS A SAFETY PLAN?

A safety plan is a detailed preparation on actions to take in case of danger made in advance in order to maximize the victims safety. Not every safety plan can be the same because each individual is different and so are the situation we may face. may be there situation. 



WHERE AND WHEN CAN A SAFETY PLAN BE USED?

A safety plan may be devised for many different purposes for example when:

stopping child abuse preventing home violenceleaving an abuser working with a bad bossprotecting your childrensaving someone from human trafficking among many other factors.


WHO CREATES A SAFETY PLAN?

Each safety …

14 REASONS PEOPLE STAY IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP

Image
By Ronke Ojeikere-ikoroh in ZAHARA Women Foundation.

People who have never been abused often wonder why a person wouldn't just leave. They don't understand that breaking up can be more complicated than it seems.
There are many reasons why both men and women stay in abusive relationships. If you have a friend in an unhealthy relationship, support them by understanding why they may choose not to leave immediately:
CONFLICTING EMOTIONS / FEAR: Fear about what will happen once they decide to leave the relationship. If the victim is threatened by their partner, family or friends, they may not feel safe leaving.BELIEVING ABUSE IS NORMAL: If the victim doesn't know what a healthy relationship looks like, perhaps from growing up in an environment where abuse was common, they may not recognize that their relationship is unhealthy.EMBARRASSMENT: It's probably hard for a victim to admit they've been abused. They may feel they've done something wrong by becoming involved with…

SELF HARM AWARENESS

Image
WHAT IS SELF HARM Self harm is the deliberate yet non-suicidal injury to one’s body tissues e.g. self- injury,  self- poisoning or any harm done to the body but without intention of suicide.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE SELF HARM
Self harm is used by self harming individuals as a way to deal with and/or express deep distress and emotional pain even though the relief achieved is only temporal.


WHAT CAUSES SELF HARM

Some causes of self harm are: •Psychological factors •Self - punishment to relieve guilt •Mental illness •Genetically inherited •Drugs and alcohol •To stop numb feeling •Anxiety •Depression •A plea for help •To feel in control •Anger •Expression Etc.
WHY TREAT SELF HARM
 Self harm offers a relief and a way of expressing the pain the self-harmer is dealing with so why should it be treated? It should be treated because;The solution is temporal. The self-harmer will need to indulge in self-harming again and again each time the stressors present themselves.Self harming may lead to long term problems.It may c…

ACCEPTING YOUR BODY vs BODY IMAGE

Image
WHAT IS BODY IMAGE Body image is a term which may refer to the perception a person has towards his or her own physical appearance.

Our body image could be influenced by •Personality •Peer groups •Societal or cultural “standards” •Personal experience Etc.

HOW BODY IMAGE AFFECTS US Body image: Has potential to make us feel bad or good about ourselves and the people around usAffects how we relate to othersAffects our confidence levelsAffects our self esteemAffects the way we see ourselves even though that is not how others see us Etc.
EFFECTS OF POOR SELF IMAGE Having a poor self image of can lead to: •    Being unhappy with the way body looks which leads to overall unhappiness and/or depression. •     Being judgmental of other peoples bodies. •     Cosmetic surgery •     Eating disorders •     Drugs abuse to feel better about ourselves •     Alcoholism •

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A PREGNANT TEEN

Image
WHAT IS TEENAGE PREGNANCY?
Teenage pregnancy is when a girl below 20 years of age becomes pregnant. This happens when they indulge in sexual intercourse willingly or not, for the first time or just on a frequent basis.

If you are a victim of rape, it is important to report the crime and take birth control pills immediately in order to avoid any unwanted pregnancy. In some countries birth control pills can be bought over the counter or given at the hospital. Do not put off these measures as it could affect you in the future.


RISKS OF TEENAGE PREGNANCY
Many teenagers do not plan to be pregnant but it does happen as many are indulging in premature sex. As teenage pregnancy is usually unplanned for, many teenagers do not know much about it. So what are the risks of teenage pregnancy? Teenage pregnancy:

The girls body may not be ready to carry the child.Increases the chance of dropping out of school.Teen mothers are more likely to end up as single parents than older mothers.Makes teen mothers m…

11 FACTS ABOUT SEX YOU NEED TO KNOW

Image
WHAT IS SEX? Sex is having carnal knowledge or intercourse between at least two beings.
WHEN IS SEX A BAD THING? Overall, sex is a good and healthy activity. However sex can be bad in some instance of: • Rape (this can also happen in intimate relationships) • Premature sex (having sex when you are not prepared    physically, emotionally or psychologically whether you were forced or not.)
• Sex for the wrong reason. (Some people have sex because it is their livelihood and only way to make money. Others give sex in hope to buy love from someone. Others have sex just for the benefit of relieving stress without any consent of the other person. Some have sex because of peer pressure. etc.)


SEX FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW!

Some facts about sex that you should know whether you are having sex or not.

The right age to have sex is when you are ready   physically, mentally, emotionally and most times even financially for sex and its consequences.Sex is also emotional besides physical and so should not be und…

5 QUALITIES OF A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP

Image
WHAT IS LOVE & TRUST? Love is an intense feeling of deep affection we feel towards someone or something. And Trust is the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something.

When we love and trust someone, we open our hearts to them, allow them in our lives and this makes us vulnerable to their actions affecting us in some way, sometimes even in a ways that may lead to hurt feelings. 
Being hurt does not mean we should neglect the relationship, sometimes its a stepping stone to creating a better future. However, some relationships are not healthy and its best to work on them. 
Relationships can be between parents and a child, spouses, lovers, best-friends or even just neighbors. Here are some qualities found in a healthy relationships. 
OPENNESS AND COMMUNICATION Keeping secrets from each other can lead to hurt feelings once unveiled. If you now each others secrets, do not expose them to the outside world. Also agree to disagree in your relationship.
qR…

HEART BREAK

Image
WHAT IS HEART BREAK? Heart break or a broken heart is used to describe intense emotional pain or suffering one can feel.

CAUSES OF HEARTBREAK The main cause of heart break is after losing a loved one either through: •Death •Physical separation •Divorce •Break up •Romantic rejection •Losing an investment worked hard on •Betrayal Etc.
EFFECTS OF HEART BREAK Heart break is as intense as physical pain and can sometimes lead to: •Heart attack •Fear •Intensely missing someone •Depression •Substance abuse Etc.
DEALING WITH HEART BREAK *Allow yourself time to mourn your loss. *Let go of expected outcomes. *Seek counseling or therapy. *