Friday, 20 December 2013

SPONSOR A CHILD & HELP END ILLITERACY

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 their education.

This is where you come in. You can help make education a reality for unprivileged children by:


1. SPONSOR A CHILD TO SCHOOL

With the partnership of Buumbalambo foundation, you can sponsor a child in the rural part of Zambia, Africa to school so that they will be able to have their educational needs met for the betterment of the world.

Please Contact us for further details on how you can help a kid go to school.


2.  DONATE EXERCISE BOOKS AND CHILDREN READING BOOKS

Do you have a bunch of old reading books that you are no longer need of? Is a school near you willing to donate books and stationery to help curb illiteracy in the rural world? Why don't you get in touch with them and organize to have books sent to the children who need them? Contact us for more information.


3. DONATE MONETARY FUNDS, CLOTHES & OTHER USEFUL SUPPLIES

Another reason the children in rural areas are not educated is because they have to look for other ways to survive. Before education, they need to eat, they need to have shelter and most also have the key responsibility of taking care of the family needs. So whilst providing an education for them is key, they also need to survive and monetary funds, clothes for children 1 - 10 years old, food and other useful supplies can motivate them to seek an education.

All proceeds go to the Foundations account. Contact us for more information.


4. CREATE AN EVENT TO RAISE AWARENESS

You can call up your friends, family and colleagues or your community at large to gather up resources that are still useful but that you do not need and send it over. Make a difference today and spread the word. Together let us make the world a better place. Contact us with your ideas.



MORE ABOUT BUUMBALAMBO FOUNDATION

Street children selling instead of learning.
Buumbalambo foundation is a registered Non Profit founded by Buumba Malambo, in Zambia Africa. This organisation helps unprivileged children by advocating for their education, giving these children various outlets to promote their talents like fashion and sports so that they will not turn to societies malpractices even though with less education, donating clothes and supplies to the children that don't have and much more.

With your help and the help of volunteers, donors and other funds, Buumbalambo foundation is reaching out to underprivileged children on the streets and also in the rural areas of Africa, Zambia.



BUUMBA MALAMBO

Buumba Malambo, 22, is a student at the University of Zambia and she founded the Non Profit organisation Buumbalambo foundation (Registration number: ORS/102/35/4792).  To find out more about her, read page 34 - 35 of the Girl Safety Signs Educational Booklet here.

She has also won the African Young Achievers Award AFIA- AYANET (2013), the Voice of Africa Award, is also a member of Young Women in Action organisation among many other notable accomplishments.

To find out more about her work, visit the Buumbalambo foundation Facebook page. See some pictures below.
Buumba with a local girl. Books encourage learning.

Children celebrating after receiving books from donors.
Giving donations to children: Buumbalambo foundation.

Buumba and some children in the village.

Children learning in a make shift classroom.
knowledge-thirsty children. Sponsor one.
To find out more about other organisations you can help or donate to, feel free to Contact us. Make a difference today!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

CREATE A SAFETY PLAN

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.


Image from : the healing journey website


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 violence
  • leaving an abuser 
  • working with a bad boss
  • protecting your children
  • saving someone from human trafficking among many other factors.



WHO CREATES A SAFETY PLAN?

Each safety plan is personalized, therefore, it needs to be created by you. This can be done with the help of a professional i.e. some non profit organizations, a social worker or even a trusted friend and family member.


WHAT IS IN A SAFETY PLAN?

Even though each safety plan is different. The following information is generally important in each plan:


  • A plan of action. What does the victim intend to do to escape the danger.
  • Recognize the behavioral patterns of the abuser and from that derive the best way to avoid the danger even if behavior cannot be changed.
  • Determine who is at risk, is it just the victim or others too?
  • Identify the action to increase safety for the victim/s.
  • Alternative shelter in case of danger.
  • Whether to survive the problem or leave the abuser.
  • Evidence of the abuse e.g video or voice recordings, pictures, emails and/or witnesses among others.
  • Emergency contact number.
  • Emergency funds like money or resources.
  • Remember to seek advice when making a safety plan.

HOW LONG IS THE SAFETY PLAN SUPPOSED TO COVER

The plan covers for the long term and not just the escape. Plan for something from 3 months to a year.

For further information on your safety plan, you may also like to read:

SAFETY PLANS : THE HEALING JOURNEY

14 REASONS PEOPLE STAY IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP

5 QUALITIES OF A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP

DO YOU STAY OR DO YOU GO; CONTEMPLATING DIVORCE