Let’s end extreme poverty for my birthday. NBD.

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I'm almost out of my thirties. Well, in one year and three weeks. I have led a fairly charmed life in these (almost) thirty-nine years. I've spent 16 of them married to my best friend. I've given birth to four healthy, smart, funny kids. I've never wanted for food or clean water. I've always had a roof over my head, shoes on my feet, and clothes for my body. I've had educational opportunities. But so many do not have the same experience that I have had. Many are lucky to make it to celebrate a 39th birthday, and if they do, they face struggles for food, clean water, and education.  Nuru International is helping to change that.  By giving people loans to purchase grain and teaching them better farming techniques, they have increased their maize yield 123%. With this, farmers … [Read more...]

Geography Lesson

I'm very bad at geography. I don't remember the capitals to all of the states in America. If someone asks me where a street is, in my neighborhood, I probably can't tell them, even if I've driven on it numerous times. I get lost with my GPS. So when Nicole Wick sent me this tweet: I have two open spots on my Jan. Moldova trip. I'm looking at you, @alisewrite & @idelette ;) — Nicole Wick (@nicolewick) September 26, 2012   I first had to go to Wikipedia to even find out where this "Moldova" place was. It turns out, it's a country in eastern Europe, between Ukraine and Romania. And in January, I'm going to go there. I'm kind of freaking the hell out about this. I'm heading to Moldova with a group from Children's HopeChest. This is an organization that pairs one … [Read more...]

The Face of the Jubilant

This is Margaret Matinde. She is someone whose life has been changed through the work of Nuru International. There is joy all around us, even in places that might seem too dark for joy. My birthday is 2 days away, and I am still far shy of my goal of raising $500 for Nuru. I would love it if you would consider making even a small donation. They are helping to change lives. They are helping people lift themselves out of poverty. To find out more about how Nuru does this, check out their FAQ. No matter the size of your donation, you will be helping to put a smile like Margaret's on the face of many more who are living in extreme poverty. You will be helping to make others jubilant. Click here to donate. ++++++++ This is a part of the One Word at a Time Blog Carnival hosted … [Read more...]

I Want Your Money

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It's officially my birthday month. Granted, my family doesn't do much in the way of celebrating birthdays. I didn't grow up with big birthday parties, and things are pretty low-key in the Wright household. If I happen to bake a cake somewhere within 2 weeks of a family member's birthday, I might find a candle (possibly the big 3-wick thing that sits in the living room), plop it on there, and sing to you. Odds are good that if you live in this house, you may have to remind someone to wish you a happy birthday. We're just not birthday people. But for the purposes of this blog, I'm declaring all of June my birthday month. And I want your money. Well, not all of it, and not for me. Nuru International is an organization that I have written about numerous times. They offer … [Read more...]

The Gap Between Here and There

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My children love to visit their grandparents. My husband’s parents live here in town and they schedule regular sleepovers with the kids. My children go there to eat ice cream and watch movies and spend a night being spoiled. My parents take each of the kids on a separate vacation. Each child gets to choose a destination and they spend a few days being treated to a trip with their grandparents. Our kids hear funny stories about what we were like as children from their grandparents. They find out more about the family history from their grandparents. Grandparents and fun are interchangeable terms for my kids. For many children, this is not the case. The gap between here and there is almost unthinkable. I would love it if you'd stop over at the World Vision blog to read the rest. And … [Read more...]

Gift Me

I’m always a little bit hesitant to talk love languages because I have the most selfish-sounding of all of them. Because my primary love language is gifts. Which basically boils down to, “If you want to show me that you love me, give me stuff.” It’s kind of embarrassing.Of course, it means that Christmas has a special place in my heart. Sure, there’s the Peppermint Mocha coffee goo that I put in my morning joe, the plates of Christmas cookies that are passed around at family gatherings, the unending stream of Christmas music in my car, the rehearsals for church services. These are all wonderful parts of the Christmas experience and I look forward to them every year.But what I really love is that on Christmas morning, I’m going to get a present. It might be something small, it might be … [Read more...]


You have probably seen the Rick Perry ad talking about gays in the military and our Christian president's war against religion and the left's hatred of praying children or something like that. I don't know. I watched it once, hurled some profanity at my cat, and then ate an orange and felt better.Honestly though, thinking back over it, one of the things that is most annoying to me about the ad is the title: Strong. There is a statement near the end that faith has made America strong. But how that ties into what Governor Perry mentions isn't really how I picture strong faith.Instead I think about my friend Billy and his work with Nuru International. That group of Christians decided that just having faith didn't mean much if they didn't put feet to it. I love that they have been motivated by … [Read more...]

Nuru International and CAWST Competition

Okay, so I know that I said that Nuru International and CAWST are not in competition just a week ago. And that is totally true. These two organizations work together to help end extreme poverty through micro-loans and education. I love the way that they play on one another's strengths and empower people to escape the cycle of poverty.All that said, I'd like to extend a challenge to you, my readers. I'd love to raise an extra $100 for both of these organizations this holiday season. So I've set up a Holiday Wish to ask you to donate to Nuru International. And I will match up to $100 to CAWST. I've already seen you raise $370 for Nuru earlier this year and I can't explain how much that means to me. And I would love it if you could help me get money for BOTH of these groups to close out the … [Read more...]

Working Together: Nuru International and CAWST

You read my blog, so you know that my favorite NGO is Nuru International. I love the work that they do. I love the people that work for it. I love the methodology they employ to empower people living in extreme poverty.Nuru works by giving loans to people living in extreme poverty. Through these loans, people are able to purchase good grain so they are able to earn more money for their families. When they have this money, they are able to feed their families and educate their children. This creates a whole new trajectory for these families, allowing them to pull themselves from extreme poverty. The payback rate on Nuru loans is 95%, which means this works.You can follow the excellent work that Nuru is doing through Twitter and you can also follow them on Facebook.Because I love Nuru, it … [Read more...]

Hipster Helping

Every time I go to Mountain Stage, I am reminded just how non-hipster I am. And while I know mocking hipsters is pretty much de rigueur, I kind of wish I was one. Yeah, I know.One of the quickest ways to becoming a hipster is by owning a pair of TOMS. Aside from their hipster awesomeness, this company is fantastic because for each pair of shoes you buy, they give a pair to a child in a developing nation who would otherwise go barefoot. Which makes them about the most wonderful pair of shoes you could own, right?Today at my friend Knox McCoy's blog, you can have a chance to win a pair of TOMS shoes. And it'll just cost you five bucks.Why the five dollars? Because Knox is helping to raise money for some of his friends whose son was recently diagnosed with fanconi anemia. For every five … [Read more...]