My friend Eden went to Africa with World Vision back in April to raise awareness about the fact that over 400,000 children are currently malnourished and many if them will die without our financial support.
After reading about her heart-wrenching journey on her blog, I realised that when it comes down to it, despite the Nigerian women living in a place so far, far away that it can be easy to ignore, they’re just the same as us in so many ways.
They love to snuggle their babies close in brightly coloured wraps.
They too – by accident or design – sometimes co-ordinate their outfits with their kids.
But unlike us, their children simply don’t have enough food.
And their kids are literally withering in front of them.
Eden holding the dry, cracked feet of a little girl named Zanouba.
How can we help?
Donating money makes a huge difference to the lives of these children – and it needn’t be an extra-ordinary amount to impact their lives.
For instance, next time you’re about to drop $40 for a pedi at the local nail salon, how about donating those funds, and doing an at-home pedicure yourself?
Or, instead of paying $20 for the newest shade of OPI nail-polish to add a bit of zing to your toenails, click here and donate to World Vision.
Every little bit makes a difference.
I spoke to Eden yesterday and asked her if she knows how Zanouba, the little girl with the withered feet might be faring. She said:
“Oh I think about Zenouba a lot. Her mother only took her to the World Vision clinic after first taking Zenouba’s (healthy) baby brother. She was informed of the symptoms of malnutrition, went back home and brought Zenouba in. I like to think Zenouba is getting better, putting on weight. I hope so. I hope so.”
The next nail polish colour can wait. These kids can’t.