"All humans are members of the same body Created from one essence"

"Human beings are members of a whole in creation of one essence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain, other members uneasy will remain."

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Going Green, Holidays and Sustainability

During the holidays, people shop, travel and eat much more than they should, and their carbon footprint goes higher! 

How can we diminish the Holidays carbon extravaganza....by traveling using the least dirty means of transport (rail, if you can), sharing eco presents and making a meal with organic, local produce that excludes MEAT.

To make holidays a truly joyous time for all people in our planet, it is important to look at ways one can go Green! 

Going Green is about picking and choosing the right products that are made from recyclable materials rather than artificial plastics or some other non-recyclable material as has been the case for many consumers products which we can find in stores. 

Buy Paper as Opposed to Plastic Bags Like the one pictured Here!

During holiday time, you should be shopping for materails which protect and preserve the environmental quality for both today and future generations. Do not choose products which are made from petroleum based substance. 

It is up to us, consumers to look for items that are made from recyclable leather, cardboard wood, etc...When you are shopping for your hoildays, it should be the time for showcasing how you are truly going to make a difference when it comes to protecting the environment, a discerning eye for what you buy and how it impacts the environment of all individuals.

Please, consumers, try to find products that are GREEN :)

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Hepatitis What Causes Hepatitis

Hepatitis is characterized by the destruction of a number of liver cells and the presence of inflammatory cells in the liver tissu.

 Hepatitis A, B, and C  
A person can develop hepatitis if they contract one of the viruses that can cause liver inflammation, or as a result of exposure to substances that can cause hepatitis.

The word hepatitis simply means an inflammation of the liver without pinpointing a specific cause. Someone with hepatitis may:
  • have one of several disorders, including viral or bacterial infection of the liver
  • have a liver injury caused by a toxin (poison)
  • have liver damage caused by interruption of the organ's normal blood supply
  • be experiencing an attack by his or her own immune system through an autoimmune disorder
  • have experienced trauma to the abdomen in the area of the liver
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B (also called serum hepatitis) is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV can cause a wide spectrum of symptoms ranging from general malaise to chronic liver disease that can lead to liver cancer.

HBV spreads through:

  • infected body fluids, such as blood, saliva, semen, vaginal fluids, tears, and urine
  • a contaminated blood transfusion (uncommon in the United States)
  • shared contaminated needles or syringes for injecting drugs
  • sexual activity with an HBV-infected person
  • transmission from HBV-infected mothers to their newborn babies
Hepatitis C
The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is spread by direct contact with an infected person's blood.

The hepatitis C virus can be spread by:

  • sharing drug needles
  • getting a tattoo or body piercing with unsterilized tools
  • blood transfusions
  • transmission from mother to newborn
  • sexual contact (although this is less common)
Signs and Symptoms

Hepatitis, in its early stages, may cause flu-like symptoms, including:

  • malaise (a general ill feeling)
  • fever
  • muscle aches
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
 Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C are all contagious.


Sunday, 20 November 2011

World Food Day 2011Take Action For Children

I was born in Niger and I grew up between Niger and an oasis in the Sahara Desert. Water and food have always been important issues in my community. I used to walk five times a day to fetch water and food was very scarce during my childhood in the oasis.

I run an Amnesty Youth Club. I teach teenagers about important issues, such as lack of water, hunger, child labor, human rights, death penalty, empower women, and many other subjects. 

I am enrolled in the Hunger and Agriculture Griot Course launched by One and WFP. 
This fall, One and WFP-USA and the Griot students are campaigning for foreign assistance funding in the Cogressional Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 

Lincoln said, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”

I believe that by educating students about hunger, importance of water, and human rights issues, they will be ready to fight for a brighter future. 

 The students and I are selling bags  made locally by an artisan. These bags are made with local fabric and on the bags we can read, 1 sac = 15 repas (1 bag = 15 meals). 

 The students and I will donate the money to a school in a remote rural area where most of the students do not go to school because they are hungry.

In this area, they prefer to work in the fields instead of going to school. 

With the money,we will offer one school meal a day in order to attract more students to school. If we can do it for 3 months, it will be wonderful! 

1 bag = 15 meals World Food Day 2011

We live in a world of plenty, but one in seven will go hungry today. 

To celebrate World Food Day 2011, the EIS Amnesty Club and Mrs. Ferdjani are selling bags tonight in order to raise funds to help children have one meal a day in school. 

Bags are made by a local artisan and 1 bag = 15 meals

People living in poverty have limited access to food. Within families living in poverty, women and children may have less access to food than men. 

Remember! Food keeps children in school! Please don’t forget to buy your bag today!

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.”

Food keeps children in school!

"As long as poverty, injustice, and gross inequality exists in our world, none of us can rest!"  Nelson Mandela said “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.”

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, that is the sound of a child dying…every five seconds a child dies due to poverty! And usually that child hasn’t even reached the age of five!

I was born in Niger and I grew up in Niger. I have seen many hungry and thirsty children during my childhood. My grandparents lived in an oasis in the Sahara Desert and I used to walk five times a day to fetch water.  I have witnessed children, women, and men who had no access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food.  I have witnesses devastating poverty and I saw starvation and hunger up close. 

This fall the U.S. House of Representatives advanced a bill that would slash foreign aid by 31 percent! Please take action which can help hungry children and families around the world. Tell congress not to slash the foreign aid budget. Just over 1 percent of the US budget goes to foreign aid

 Please, urge the Congressmen to support the international programs that fight global hunger in the fiscal year 2012 budget, to urge them to create a circle of protection around programs for hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world. 

We want to urge the Congressmen to support Senate Level-funding of foreign assistance accounts in 2012, especially for programs like “Feed the Future” and emergency aid.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Hunger and Agriculture Griot course

Having lived all my life in Africa, I have developed an appreciation for the importance of water resources. I used to walk five times a day in a Saharan oasis to fetch water. My grandfather had a date palm field, so he always taught us how to handle water resources in order to overcome hunger and poverty. 

I thought I knew well the topic of hunger and poverty for two reasons: I was born and raised in Niger and I have witnessed hunger. However, having experienced hunger and thirst does not make you a specialist of hunger and agriculture. 

Therefore, I decided to join the Hunger and Agriculture Griot course in order to find solutions to hunger and to be able to pass them on to my community. 

We are close to one billion hungry people in the world, which is more than the combined populations of the United States, Canada and the European Union. 

About 11 million children die each year before their fifth birthday, and 60 percent of those deaths are caused by malnutrition, under-nourishment, and wasting. Worldwide, more than 1 billion people do not have enough to eat. 

Therefore, it is important to urge our governments to create a circle of protection around programs for hungry people around the world.

Droughts are an act of nature but famine is manmade! About 75% of the world’s poor people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture. 

But they also depend on a system which is incredibly corrupt. They do not have people in the government who really care about their conditions. The buyers know that most of the farmers are unaware of the grain prices and the stock market’s speculations therefore they take advantage of these poor farmers. 

Enough crops can be grown to feed the planet but the gender gap is not helping the development of agriculture in the world. 

In many developing countries, the women do not have equal access to the resources and opportunities they need to be more productive. Women have less education so they cannot access to modern agriculture input such as improved seeds, fertilizers, pest control machines and mechanical tools. 

According to the FAO report, 925 million people are currently undernourished. If we send more girls to school by providing school meals, we will be able to close the gender gap. Women will acquire greater knowledge, competence, and skills in order to increase productivity. If we educate girls, we will educate the whole village.

Our societies must deal with famine instead of developing gun factories. The Nobel Prize winner in economics, Amartya Sen, is persuaded that if we develop education and close the gender gap, we will eradicate hunger and poverty. 

Education is the key to reducing poverty and preventing hunger. Educated farmers, women and men, will be able to think ahead of time about all the factors which might create a food crisis. It is important to involve women as well as men to reduce poverty. 

Having only started my third week of the growing solutions to hunger hands-on learning opportunity, I am already capable of thinking clearly about the factors that will enable household and communities to move out of poverty over the long term. 

We have to teach farmers to pay attention to the environmental degradation, to rely on sustainable practices, and to cooperate effectively with other smallholders. Many developing countries have used highly mechanized and very input-intensive, which led to environmental degradation. 

According to Morris Adler, “the purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.”

I must admit that since I have started the Growing Solutions to Hunger, the Hunger and Agriculture Griot Project hands-on learning course, my mind has grown and I have no doubt that it will continue growing.

Une tasse remplie = un enfant nourrie

Une tasse remplie = un enfant nourrie
Aucun enfant ne devrait aller √† l’√©cole le ventre vide !

1 SAC = 15 repas
Soutenez les programmes d’alimentation scolaires

EIS Amnesty Club & Mrs. Ferdjani Fighting Hunger Worldwide
1 bag = 15 meals  

Get ready to buy your bag!
Providing Food to the Most Vulnerable Populations in Benin