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At calendar time in second grade we count the school days with tally marks. The end draws near, one day and half. September seems a lifetime ago.

And I am thankful.

 

Life is about proximity. I held it close. I know it made me more.

 

I am thankful for little people that-

Ask about homeland, kneel over their classmates to help with work so hard, sit patient when another cries, run to comfort, rejoice in another’s happy.

One held onto a piece of confetti. You are not my friend another hissed, claiming it was his. Moments later the confetti piece is placed in a hand. It is not as important as a friend.

How do they know when adults sometimes do not? They know to kneel.

 

I was a part of a servechat on twitter about reaching out to veterans Thursday night. The guest was a disabled combat veteran, now a national chef advocate for No Kid Hungry.

He wrote, 1 in 5 kids go to bed hungry every night. After my service, I found a new mission. It truly saved my life. 

 

I get it. How life is so hard. We need to kneel for rescue by rescuing. Proximity. Everything.

 

 

we share because their is.

insideThis book touched my heart.

Thannha Lai wrote this slender, poetic book about her own experience fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama.

Sometimes, I forget how much I just love to read, just to read. I love it because you get to feel a bigger world and know the heart of people that are proximity.

mwateryWould you say stop, when you know you received grace when you stepped in?

mwindowWe should share because their is…

Another one of those truth-telling sentences that flips your stomach upside-down. Sometimes the most sacrificial love is from those that have the least.

mchickSuch love. It breaks your heart. Her little brothers chick dies on the ship. To help him let it go, she wraps it in her doll’s arms and drops it to the bottom of the sea.

When have your known or read such a sacrificial love? 

Women and Girls Fund by Global Impact

A call to action:

Roughly one billion people in the world live in extreme poverty; the majority of them are women.

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Each year, about 300,000 women suffer a preventable death during pregnancy and childbirth.

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{Photo courtesy of CARE.}

Two-thirds of the children denied primary education are girls.

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Women and girls make up ninety-eight percent of trafficking victims.

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1 billion women will be victims of violence in their lifetime.

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1 in 9 girls is forced into marriage before her 15th birthday.

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Today, through my work with Global Team of 200, I am able to introduce to you the work and images of The Global Impact Women and Girls Fund. 

Global Impact brings together four respected, best-in-the-business international organizations focused on helping women and girls.  Global Impact partners with CARE, World Vision, Plan USA, ICRW International Center for Research on Women.

Through this fund, you join with millions of people to change the world by helping to provide education, protection and rehabilitation from violence and exploitation, job training, healthcare, safe drinking water and a host of other services to women and girls around the world.

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By investing in a girl, she can lift herself out of poverty and abuse, altering the condition of her family, her community and, ultimately, the world.

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Last year at this time About Proximity was hosting the documentary film Girl Rising.

These are the faces, the images of the women and girls. 

They are our sisters. In this, we know they are strong and beautiful, absolutely deserving of every opportunity we ourselves have. 

{This post is a part of a sponsored awareness program that seeks to help women and girls everywhere live healthy lives wherein they are protected, respected, educated and empowered to reach their potential. Visit www.togetherforwomen.org.}