• World’s Most Dangerous Countries for Women
(from The Big Picture)Targeted violence  against females, dismal healthcare and desperate poverty make  Afghanistan the world’s most dangerous country in which to be born a  woman, with Congo a close second due to horrific levels of rape.   Pakistan, India and Somalia ranked third, fourth and fifth,  respectively, in the global survey of perceptions of threats ranging  from domestic abuse and economic discrimination to female foeticide (the  destruction of a fetus in the uterus), genital mutilation and acid  attack. A survey compiled by the Thomson Reuters Foundation to mark the  launch of TrustLaw Woman*, puts Afghanistan at the top of the list of  the most dangerous places in the world for women.  TrustLaw asked 213  gender experts from five contents to rank countries by overall  perceptions of danger as well as by six categories of risk.  The risks  consisted of health threats, sexual violence, non-sexual violence,  cultural or religious factors, lack of access to resources and  trafficking. The collection of images that follow were provided by  Reuters to illustrate the dangers women face in those 5 countries. — Paula Nelson (*TrustLaw Woman is a website aimed at providing free legal advice for women’s’ groups around the world.) (37 photos total)

    World’s Most Dangerous Countries for Women

    (from The Big Picture)
    Targeted violence against females, dismal healthcare and desperate poverty make Afghanistan the world’s most dangerous country in which to be born a woman, with Congo a close second due to horrific levels of rape. Pakistan, India and Somalia ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the global survey of perceptions of threats ranging from domestic abuse and economic discrimination to female foeticide (the destruction of a fetus in the uterus), genital mutilation and acid attack. A survey compiled by the Thomson Reuters Foundation to mark the launch of TrustLaw Woman*, puts Afghanistan at the top of the list of the most dangerous places in the world for women. TrustLaw asked 213 gender experts from five contents to rank countries by overall perceptions of danger as well as by six categories of risk. The risks consisted of health threats, sexual violence, non-sexual violence, cultural or religious factors, lack of access to resources and trafficking. The collection of images that follow were provided by Reuters to illustrate the dangers women face in those 5 countries. — Paula Nelson (*TrustLaw Woman is a website aimed at providing free legal advice for women’s’ groups around the world.) (37 photos total)

    Jul
    23
    2011

  • I’m reading this awesome book, The Shelter of Each Other by Mary Pipher, and one of her analogies reminded me of all the little baby birds growing on our little property this summer…

    "I think of the Colifornia condor, whose babies must peck their way out of tough, thick shells. Many chicks cannot do it and die in the process. One time some scientists tried to help the birds by opening the shells slightly. The birds easily pecked out of the shell, buy they died anyway. They didn’t develop the muscles they needed to survive. Those muscles came from the tough job of pecking out of the shell. Children are like that. Struggle toughens them for the future. The trick is to decide which stresses strengthen children and which weaken them. The important question is what does this child need to grow and develop?"

    Jul
    19
    2011
  • So so beautiful, i can’t wait to some day ascend this mountain!!
harvestheart:

African Elephants at Kilimanjaro 

    So so beautiful, i can’t wait to some day ascend this mountain!!

    harvestheart:

    African Elephants at Kilimanjaro 

    Jul
    14
    2011
  • We wrote in our vows, “I choose you, above all others to be my partner in love and my best-friend in life. I want to love you for yourself to cherish and encourage your own fulfillment as an individual throughout all the seasons of life”

    I believe this sense of individual growth and fulfillment is what has giving us such a wonderfully strong and understanding marriage. We both realize that we may have different opinions or goals in certain matters and we are accepting of each other, creating little conflict and open communication.

    The vows go on to say, “… I choose you, to care and console, to inspire and respond, loving you now and forever. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before.”

    Along with our individual understanding, we uphold a highly supportive regard for each other and our goals, always helping each other find inspiration and motivation for life and work and always working together to attain our common goals and interests.

    I believe as parents we will work diligently to instill these same values with our children. We hope to learn about & travel to the DRC more as we grow together as a family. We both find it exciting to help our children realize their own values and find a sense of pride in who they are as a person and what their history is from their culture. We plan to support our children’s decisions on how involved they wish to be in the African culture and the issues of the DRC, and support what their heritage means to them as an individual. Whatever they decide is important for them, we mainly hope that they will have an open mind to all cultures and people, along with a loving and supportive value for close relationships with family and friends.


    - excerpt from mom-to-be’s bio
    Jul
    13
    2011
  • Our kiddo officially has TWO handmade (from love of course) quilts now! How lucky is s/he :)

    Our kiddo officially has TWO handmade (from love of course) quilts now! How lucky is s/he :)

    Jul
    05
    2011
  • many people ask, why congo?

    here is why… Congo is by far the world’s deadliest conflict since World War II. Since 1998, 5.4 million people have died there.

    The death toll is the equivalent of an Asian Tsunami every 6.5 months. A September 11 every 2.5 days. And nearly half of the deaths in the Congo are of children under the age of five.

    The conflict in Congo began with the conclusion of the Rwandan genocide. The Interahamwe (the Hutu militias responsible for the massacre of 1 million in Rwanda in a period of four months) were pushed over the border into the Congo where they set up camp and began terrorizing the Congolese people.

    Various militias or government forces were sent in to fight the Interahamwe, then each other. It erupted into what has been termed “Africa’s First World War.” The UN has accused all nations involved of using the war as a cover for looting diamonds, coltan, gold, and other resources from this mineral rich region.

    Civilians are left to fend for themselves against brutal attacks, torture, looting, rape and murder, as well as deprivation of the most basic conditions necessary for life. Women in the Congo carry the heaviest of burdens. They have been gang raped. Tortured. Watched their husbands and children murdered in front of them. Forced to flee their homes. Many have watched two, four, even seven children die from preventable illnesses.

    Apr
    15
    2011
  • homestudy - check!

    now to send it in and wait some more… (toasting to the small steps tonight:)

    Apr
    15
    2011
  • our kiddo already has a quilt made for him/her! just wanted to share that b/c i think it’s pretty dang cool :)

    our kiddo already has a quilt made for him/her! just wanted to share that b/c i think it’s pretty dang cool :)

    Apr
    13
    2011
  • Fowler Adoption Apparel Here’s what’s left after our party, please either plan to send us a check or use the donate button (at right) to pay. Just add up your total of what you’d like to buy, tell me sizes/styles in the message or by email. If you’ll need the shirts shipped, add $5.00 to your total.
Tshirts ($18)Small - 14Medium - 17Large - 18XLarge - 2Women’s Thermals ($24)Small - 3 Medium - 10 Large - 2Track Jackets ($42)Small - 4 Medium - 8 Large - 3

    Fowler Adoption Apparel
    Here’s what’s left after our party, please either plan to send us a check or use the donate button (at right) to pay. Just add up your total of what you’d like to buy, tell me sizes/styles in the message or by email. If you’ll need the shirts shipped, add $5.00 to your total.

    Tshirts ($18)
    Small - 14
    Medium - 17
    Large - 18
    XLarge - 2

    Women’s Thermals ($24)
    Small - 3
    Medium - 10
    Large - 2

    Track Jackets ($42)
    Small - 4
    Medium - 8
    Large - 3

    Mar
    27
    2011
  • raising some monies - check!

    While the hubs is taking a solid, much-needed nap, I would like to take a quiet moment to express our gratitude to everyone that came out last night and pitched in! It was quite fun to see everything come together and especially to see people excited about their auction & raffle items. I love how everything found the perfect-fitting home to go to!

    After adding up all the profit from last night along with other recent online donations, we are at an awesome total of $5,781.16!

    We plan to make a donation from that to get a Hydraid water filter installed in an orphanage from the child’s place of birth, but we are still researching what is most needed in that area. More updates on that to come.

    I know there were a lot of people that couldn’t make it last night, and we have a few auction items that did not get sold, so I will be putting those up for an online auction soon! (2 pieces of jewelry, a golf bag set & an Arbornne set)

    We also have MANY tshirts, thermals & jackets to sell. I need to do a count, but contact me if you’re interested in purchasing some attire.

    I’m most excited with the amount of fun people seemed to have and all of the misc. mingling going on between various groups of friends. I truly hope everyone enjoyed themselves. The fact that the keg was tapped before 10pm is a decent measure of good times had by all:)

    Mar
    26
    2011
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