I have know Jo from Slummy Single Mummy for a while (ever since she beat in the MADS parenting awards about 4 years ago) she is a rather fab, funny feisty intelligent and compassionate blogger who I have a lot of respect for . Did you know she has gone to Ethiopia this week to bring us some amazing stories?
Most of the UK public remember Ethiopia for the devastating 1984 famine that captivated the world’s attention and spawned Live Aid. With haunting images of starving children and dull eyes splashed across our television screens, it’s difficult to forget.
That was Ethiopia nearly thirty years ago. But it certainly isn’t Ethiopia today. Today it’s a very different place. The desolate landscapes where crops struggled to grow have gone, replaced by carefully cultivated harvests and farming plots. Dusty roads have now become paved with infrastructure alongside. Schools have been built, staffed and filled with impassioned students. While poverty and hunger are still undeniably present, Ethiopia has changed.
And at the forefront of this change are women.
Women – mums – play a vital role in helping a nation overcome hunger. With their children at the heart of all they do, they act with sheer determination to see them well cared for, healthy and thriving. It’s women who have taken to their gardens in Ethiopia, who have started small businesses. It’s women who have banded together in solidarity to start thriving enterprises. The idea of ‘mumpreneur’ takes on a whole new meaning in the region – and it’s working.
This week World Vision has taken Jo from Slummy Single Mummy, Helen from Food Stories and Nick from Hunter Gather Cook to Ethiopia’s #FoodFrontline to meet these incredible women and discover their secrets. They’ve also connected seven of these mums with seven UK parenting bloggers (and one of them is me! ) – providing an intimate look into their daily life. While their challenges are quite different – from child marriage to living with HIV – what is eerily similar is their daily resolve to see their children flourish.
With Jo, Helen and Nick going as part of the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign, they will discover Ethiopian’s food lessons and bring these back to the UK – helping mend our own broken food system here and kick start the end of global hunger.
With one in eight people going to bed hungry each night – sadly many of them children – it’s time for a worldwide change. From mums on the frontline to politicians in the UK, everyone has a role to play. What’s yours?
What can you do to help?
Follow the trip online using #FoodFrontline and @SingleMum, @FoodStories and @HuntrGatherCook. We’ll have daily blogs and actions straight from Ethiopia.
Use your voice. Blog, tweet and share these stories with your friends, family and followers on social media. Make sure to use the hashtag #FoodFrontline and tweet us at @WorldVisionUK to let us know.
Email your MP (http://www.worldvision.org.uk/get-involved/campaigning/enough-food-for-everyone-if/email-your-mp/) and ask them to act on global hunger today. With the UK government soon to announce this year’s budget, we must urge leaders to prioritise ending the global food crisis.
Are you ready for my interview?
I got the chance to interview an amazing woman called Kuri,who has beaten many challenges to provide for her family. would you like to read her story? My Interview with Kuri Negenasa – an Inspiring Ethiopian Mumprenur