Today was relaxing. I was hoping for some sleeping in after a late night, but Esmé was up and in my face by 7:30. At least she took a nice long nap around 11:30. We read some books, played in the yard a little, did some crafts, and watched lots of online videos.
It is only 9 p.m. on a Sunday evening, baby is bathed and asleep in bed, and all the animals are fed! And tomorrow is a holiday here in Mozambique. So, except for the fact that we are out of dish soap and no stores will be open tomorrow, we're off to a great start for the week!
I posted a couple of weeks ago about starving babies in Zimbabwe. I had a few questions on how to help when the country had banned help from outside countries.
I'm happy to say that since that post, on August 29, Zimbabwe lifted the ban on NGOs, so NGOs can once again provide aid to Zimbabweans. I'm not sure which organizations are starting up again, since there is still concern that the government will seize incoming aid and redistribute it.
World Vision is the largest humanitarian organization operating in Zimbabwe. Here is a link to updates on their position in Zimbabwe.
Here is a link to a list of other organizations known to provide aid in Zimbabwe. I would suggest contacting them first to make sure they are still in a position to provide aid in that country at this time.
The two links I put in my previous post are for smaller organizations that have not discontinued operations in Zimbabwe during this crisis. Their "insignificant" size allowed them to continue through it all.
And I have an award to pass on! This one comes from a blogger I have been lurking around since I had about 2 regular readers, and I was very surprised and happy to receive it. Thanks, Kailani at An Island Life, for the I Love Your Blog Award! Not only does she have beautiful girls and an interesting career to write about, she has regular giveaways and hosts the fun Aloha Friday each week.
Passing it on to the following bloggers:
- Notes From One Mom. Lots of Grammie stories of her seven grandkids, great recipes, and a good mix of fun posts.
- Beanish and Other Languages I'm Learning. A mom blog with stories of a beautiful miracle girl.
- Clothed With Scarlet. Great reminders to be thankful, to appreciate the people in your life, and to praise God.
---------------Last but not least, a photo to warm any book-loving mother's heart. This is the sight I walked in to this afternoon in our living room. Note the tippy toes. I suppose I could put the exciting books a little lower, but I think the placement of the books adds to their excitement.