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The Big Collaboration and everything!

Wed 3rd Dec, 2008

So, we finally seem to be ready to produce this BIG picture! Laughing

By working together we are hoping to create a larger image more visible within the ever expanding circle of the OMM. A collaboration of OMM members. A project that is fun to participate in as we try to attach to each others images.

I love being a part of this collaboration but also of the OMM itself, not because of my fantastic art skills (I cannot deny my talent!) but because of what the OMM is really all about...MONEY! Money for charities that desperately need it.

I support Actionaid and have done so for many years. In fact 18 years this year. I used to take my now 18 year old son to a toddler group every Wednesday and met many new mums. After a few months one of these mums approached me and asked if I would be interested in sponsoring a child. I took the literature she gave me and read all about what this meant and what I would be helping to achieve. I decided it was something I wanted to do.

I had a healthy, well fed, child born in a rich country who wanted for nothing (apart from the latest toy advertised on the tele!) How could I justify his lack of nothing with another childs lack of everything so I sponsored a girl from Uganda roughly the same age as my son. I say roughly because nobody actually knew her real age. They guessed and then picked a date...That was her birthday.

I continued to sponsor this girl for the first sixteen years of her life. In that time a new schoolroom was built in her village. For the first time at the age of 10 she could go to school. A well was built, she no longer had to trek through the heat with a heavy container to fetch water several miles away.

Various other things were done to make life more bearable for the people of her village but these two things stuck in my head as they are so basic and something we in "The West" take so much for granted.

In the years of sponsoring her I also sent her postcards (with interesting pictures on them as advised) and little gifts. I was told not to send anything that could cause jealousy so I would send enough crayons/pencils/balloons etc. to go around all the children from her village. She in turn sent me letters with beautiful drawings on them and all written in English. In her younger years these were written for her but after the school room was built she wrote them herself. I was also sent two photographs, one of her at the age of six and the other at sixteen both of which I still have.

After she reached sixteen I moved on to what was called the "Next Phase or "Step" or something like that where my donations were used for larger projects but I no longer had a face to put to my donations to. My job raising my sponsored child was considered done.

I did miss my regular communication with her but understood that she was now considered an adult and had her own life to get on with.

I have bored you with all this in the hope that someday (when a lot of you are a lot older!) you may consider this as a worthwhile thing to do. Perhaps when you have finished your education and you are starting a family of your own. I found it so rewarding to have a face and a real person to look at when handing over my money. And such a small amount of money that achieved so much.

To me she is my other child and I hope one day that I will be able to visit her and finally give her a hug and say "Hello". Smile

Comments & discussion:

Image 1001763 Roger Chick
Thu 4th Jun, 2009

Hi Aunty Mor, Your profile reminds me of my attempt to read the bible; I got stumped quite early on because the ages mentioned - they completely confused me; you appear to be 102 and have an 18 year old child, can this be true? But unlike my attempt to read the bible I continued with your profile regardless; and enjoyed it very much. I am thinking about setting up a company; where one of the main drivers will be to give away a significant amount of the profit to good causes. It's good to give :) Glad you liked my picture! Roger

Image 611993 Alan McGuigan
Fri 6th Feb, 2009

Thanks for sharing your story with us,I did not realise there was communication with the specific child you had sponsored this is a lovely way to donate to charity, I have 2 grandsons Liam is nearly 4 and Adam is 10mths, and you are right we do take an awful lot for have given me some real food for thought here Thank you Alan

Image 389604 Aunty Mor
Thu 11th Dec, 2008

Thanks Stacey:) For the comment and the hug!Smile

Image 442328 Stacey Dirickson
Sun 7th Dec, 2008

That was not boring at all Aunty, it was very inspiring! Thank you for taking the time to share that with all of us! *hugs*

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