"What's Right With the World?"



The January theme for the monthly blog group that I write is :

"What's Right - or Wrong - With The World"

Being the eternal optimist that I am, I have chosen to focus on what is right with the world.

Terrible things happen every day and the newspapers are full of heartbreaking stories.
We read about bad people doing awful things.
We fear for our children growing up in such a world.
Events happen that make no sense whatsoever....bad things happen to good people.

But the majority of us remain hopeful and positive.
We try to move on, we teach our children right from wrong.
We practise kindness to others, we share, we listen, we empathise.


Ordinary people do extraordinary things, miracles happen, the world is full of unsung heroes.

Barb is the mother of my good friend Kim.

Around two years ago, Barb went to Uganda and met a local boy called Edwin on her trip.
Edwin wanted to build an home for children in his town of Jinja.

Barb went home to Canada & began baking banana bread which she sold locally.
Word eventually began to spread and the TV station & local press got hold of the story.

Donations increased, local people helped out with fundraising and bread-making and Barb travelled to Uganda several more times.

I have written about Barb before, most recently last Christmas when I started a "one pound or one dollar" campaign to raise £800 to buy a much-needed generator for the home.
Thanks to overwhelming support by my blog-readers, 

Barb is a 65 year old grandma & Edwin is a 23 year old boy.



The Home of Angels will open this year & plans are now being discussed to build another home.
It is an extraordinary project achieved by two people just like you and me.
They did it.....through sheer hard work and inspiring those around them.

Barb simply saw what needed to be done and, more importantly, she went and did it.
For a long time, the project was just her - getting up at 5am and baking banana bread day after day.
She had no website or connections, she was simply motivated by Edwin and his dream.  

To me, Barb is everything that is right about the world....
she had a dream....she was determined....she worked hard....the dream became a reality.
She put one foot in front of the other and moved in the right direction.

I can't think of anything more inspiring.  
she is absolutely an extraordinary person doing extraordinary and life-changing work.

The progress during this last year at the home has been astonishing, for more see here .

        


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10 comments:

  1. Beautiful words Simone and it is so much better to focus on all that is good in the world rather than dwell on the negative.
    ...... and, what an inspiration Kim's mum Barb is ........ just an ordinary ( or maybe I should say extaordinary) person baking some bread, but achieving so much. She is truly an inspiration to us all and has shown how much can be done.
    Here's hoping that the world will be a peaceful,kind and loving one in 2013. XXXX

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  2. Barb is truly one of my heroes, she has done an extraordinary job putting her dreams to work to help all the children in Uganda and Edwin is such an amazing young man! Wouldn't this world be such a wonderful place if everyone just took a moment to bestow a kindness on everyone that came their way and we sensationalized all the good in the world that people do instead of the horrible acts of violence? I strive each day to be a better person and to be kind to everyone that crosses my path, as you just never know what people are going thru and it can change their live and yours. Beautiful post, Simone! xxoo

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  3. A lovely post, Simone, with a wonderful and encouraging story!
    Encouraging to keep our eyes on the bright side of the world!
    Karin

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  4. Barb should be nominated as one of CNN'S angels. What a beautiful example of "What is Right With the World," Simone. This is exactly what each one of us should be doing for others, whether big or small projects. 1 minute is the same world-wide, let's not waste them on trivialities. Thank you for being YOU!

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  5. It's amazing how the smallest action can send ripples out into the world. Yes, I agree with you Simone. There IS so much goodness in the world. And this leads me to my next question which is, "what have I done lately?"
    It's a good one to reflect on.
    Thanks for sharing.

    xo
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

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  6. What a lovely post and a wonderful story! I agree that it is better to try to focus on the positives, as the negatives can be so very overwhelming, and it's stories like this that are a great reminder that there is still so, so much good in the world. Thanks for sharing. xox

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  7. Totally amazing!!! I cannot believe how much they have achieved from when they started last year! I need to show my kids this...inspiring....xxx

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  8. Beautiful post, Simone...kindness it's the only thing that really matters and Barb has a heart full of kindness, such a lovely story.
    I was sorry to have missed being part of this month's post...we've been in beautiful Salzberg...back to work now ;-)
    Catherine
    xx

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  9. Sweet darling friend,
    Thank you so much for sharing your kind generous words about my sweet mama. She really does show that each and every one of us can make a difference by simply taking it one step at a time. She is there now, loving on those gorgeous children and making sure that the progress on the house is moving along.
    Love you.
    x

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  10. What a wonderful post about a remarkable woman ~ I feel proud that I can say I helped by that generator, xo

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