Motivational Monday with Maya Angelou

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” A little ‪#MondayMotivation‬ from the late, great Maya Angelou‬. This quote is inspiring because it reminds us that our actions majorly impact others. Let’s make sure to make this week one centered around kindness, compassion and generosity. 

Follow Your Dreams This Week

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“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.” This Monday Motivation comes from the Little Prince. We try to live out the lessons that story teaches: to love others, to follow your dreams and to let your heart be your guide. 

Look For The Good

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Cartoon: LeMonde

It’s only been a few months since the Paris attacks and we find ourselves once again grieving for the families of loved ones lost in a terrorist attack. Even as the horrors unfolded, people jumped into action to help one another, offering shelter, transportation and aid to complete strangers by tweeting #OpenHouse and #IkWilHelpen. There is more good than bad in this world, and together we can create a world of peace.

Read more about these everyday heros: http://goo.gl/VCfvc7

 

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Protecting Vulnerable Children During the Refugee Crisis

Image: The Independent

During this current #refugeecrisis, children entering Europe are being separated from their families and forced to continue their dangerous journey alone. The UN is calling to protect these vulnerable children and demanding that they be treated with dignity. Read more about these unfolding events: http://goo.gl/IVrulW

Did you know that Monday is the UN International Day of Peace? It’s a day observed every September 21st and this year’s theme is something that we’re really excited about: Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All. We believe every person and every child deserves to live a life of dignity and we want to do everything we can to make this a reality. Are you willing to take the #PeaceDayChallenge and do just one thing for peace on Monday? Find out how every person can make a difference: bit.ly/1LOKeCb  

A happy #tbt with our friends from Kenya! We visited the Watoto Wema home in 2012 and can’t wait to go back! It’s amazing what’s happened in 3 years: a greenhouse, a chicken farm and a clean water project. We’ve been grateful to work with this home and the 57 children who live there. Together, this partnership has improved the health, nutrition and wellbeing of these children and we know it’ll only keep getting better!  

Photo: Martin Godwin for the Guardian; Collection of items to be donated to refugees

In light of the recent news of the Syrian refugees, many people around the world feel compelled to help in someway. However, the question is how and in what way will be the most effective? This Thursday there will be a live Q&A on how ordinary people can help refugees and what role they can play within NGOs. The panel of experts will answer questions through a live chat @Guardian on twitter by using the #globaldevlive or  on the website: http://goo.gl/UZvQIW 

Every act of kindness makes a difference. Remember, that you matter and you have the opportunity to make this world a kinder place. This week, let’s all find ways to spread kindness. And keep in mind that all the little acts of love around the world are adding up!

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” -Howard Zinn

Here’s a #funfactfriday for you: 75% of the human brain is water! These boys at St. Catherine’s Children’s Home in Kenya are some of the hundreds of children who now have access to clean water as a result of our Clean Water Access project. These children live in a place where water must be paid for from the city and the water in nearby wells is not safe for people to drink. These children now have daily access to necessary clean water!