A Helping Hand

May 9th

One of the beauties of blogging is creating new friendships all over the world with like-minded folk. One such blessing is my friend Jessica. She splits her time between New York and Brazil. I’ve followed her writing and adventures for quite some time. {She’s also an avid believer of eating a raw diet and is quite the inspiration.}

Jessica emailed me a couple of weeks ago to brainstorm ideas — public health, fundraising, creating sustainable programs that don’t just give a fish, but teach women to cast a line. After soon arriving in Brazil, she found herself surrounded by people who needed a helping hand. The brutal reality of poverty in South America was everywhere she looked. How to help?

In truth — this poverty can be seen in many, many countries. It can be found in inadequate housing, poor diets, lack of access to health care, bad water, no education, etc. This type of poverty pushes young girls into prepubescent marriage. It keeps children in fields working, instead of studying. It leads women into the sex trade to simply make ends meet. The opposite of poverty isn’t wealth. It’s justice.

Jessica came up with a brilliant idea to help her friends in Brazil — friends you can read more about here. She is conducting a raffle to raise funds. This is one woman’s quest to make the world a better place, to improve the health and living standards of a community she cares about. I’m rallying around her and hope you will too. God knows we could all use a bit more justice.


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11 Responses

  1. Well, it seems it’s Brazil day today! As soon as I have time, I will post at my blog about our friends’s son mission there!

  2. thank you for this, kelli! i’m off to check out jessica’s blog now.
    ‘The opposite of poverty isn’t wealth. It’s justice’- i love this sentence.

  3. What a beautiful post. You and she are the epitome of the quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. God bless you both.

  4. beautiful and inspiring… i too love the thought that the opposite of poverty is not wealth, it is justice. i will carry that thought with me!

  5. Ciao bella… thanks for bringing this to our attention. I have no doubt that through your vast readership, Jessica will get a bunch of help and probably lots of creative offers for added raffle items as well! I’m so glad that something as fun as blogging gives us a chance to help people in a meaningful way…her story was really touching.

  6. Thanks Kelli for posting the link to Jessica’s blog – I am off to check it out now. Glad to see your eye is doing better too! 🙂

  7. Fantastic. Kelli, I am so inspired when I read about yours and others’ efforts to make the world a better place. My closest friend and I have been having brainstorming sessions as well about starting an ecopreneurial venture – thanks for the inspiration!

  8. awesome! gotta go check that out. glad you eyes are feeling better!

  9. dear kelli, wonderful post. thank you for passing it on. we as one can make a difference.

  10. I am fascinated by the raw foods diet idea. Good for her! I admire her for being “different” and sticking by her principles. I wonder how hard it was to change her eating habits, or has she done this all her life.

  11. This is so cool. There’s so much wrong in the world sometimes it just seems overwhelming–there’s something so encouraging seeing just one person doing what they can to make a change.