Sunday, February 1, 2009
Our family has been in Mozambique since May 2007, moving from the US six weeks after Esmé was born. This is Esmé's blog, though I hijack it from time to time. And her experience proves that joy can be found in the rockpiles of Africa.
So what does this have to do with Zimbabwe? The first time we took a serious look at the situation in neighboring Zimbabwe was in August 2008, when I caught a glimpse of this photo in my dad's email inbox.
The email was from Paula Leen, a 74-year-old American running an orphanage not far from the Mozambican border, close to Mutare, Zimbabwe. Her stories of dire need, needless deaths, and struggles to get just the basics for her orphans and their community captured our attention. Zimbabwe is in a crisis beyond our wildest imaginations. How can we sit back and let it happen? Yet what can we do?
In November 2008, my husband spent a week at Paula's orphanage getting some of her old vehicles back on the road. While he was there, I posted about Zimbabwe again and was amazed at the concerned responses. The idea of Operation Love Zimbabwe was born.
The operation is simple. Two weeks of African-themed giveaways to attract attention of readers throughout bloggyland. And mixed in with the giveaways, posts that give you a glimpse of the real tragedies in Zimbabwe, as well as ideas on how you can make a difference in the lives of Zimbabweans.
Have a look around. Check back throughout the operation, which ends Valentine's Day, February 14. Enter the giveaways. If you have questions about Zimbabwe, leave them in a comment for our upcoming Q&A post.
And let others know about Operation Love Zimbabwe. Post about it on your blog. Put our button on your site.
We want to get the word out. Maybe we can't make a big difference by ourselves, but collectively we can.
Thanks for visiting, and God bless...
Thanks to Summer at Summer's Nook for designing the Operation Love Zimbabwe button.