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Young human being making her way through life.

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"People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff." - The Doctor

Sophia. 20 something, German and Dutch heritage, but grew up in Australia for more than 18 years of my 20 something years of life. I'm an arts/economics student, majoring in awesome majors.

Music. Nonviolence. Love. Compassion. Photography. Volunteering. Social Justice.


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“When you break the cycle of poverty, you spark a cycle of prosperity. You raise nations.”

– Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan

+ queenrania.jo  (via notionsnations)

“When we pull together, we can achieve great things. Partnerships for development work – they are good investment.”

UN Secetary-General Ban Ki-moon on the announcement that two targets of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) had been met last week.

These two targets were:

  • Global poverty has been halved (as reported by the Economist) in 2010. (MDG 1)
  • The number of people without access to safe drinking water has been halved. (MDG 7, Target 7.C)

learnchange:

30 Jan 2012
A thing to change: 
If you’d like to learn  more about how you can change the world for the better sign up for the  Oaktree Foundations Generate Program in Australia in 2012:  http://www.facebook.com/OaktreeGenerate?sk=app_106878476015645

Generate is such an amazing program to be part of, as it helps you learn more about poverty and the factors that cause it, as well as encouraging you to do more than you think you can do. Not only does it do that, but it allows you to make such amazing friends on the way.

learnchange:

30 Jan 2012

A thing to change:

If you’d like to learn more about how you can change the world for the better sign up for the Oaktree Foundations Generate Program in Australia in 2012: http://www.facebook.com/OaktreeGenerate?sk=app_106878476015645

Generate is such an amazing program to be part of, as it helps you learn more about poverty and the factors that cause it, as well as encouraging you to do more than you think you can do. Not only does it do that, but it allows you to make such amazing friends on the way.

If wealth was inevitable resultof hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire. - George Monbiot

If wealth was inevitable resultof hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire. - George Monbiot

Somalia famine baby back from the brink with the help of aid. »

The famine is the worst emergency to hit Somalia for a generation. The U.N. has appealed for $1 billion and has got $779 million so far.

But aid still doesn’t reach many of the starving. Islamist militias battling the weak U.N.-backed government have forbidden many aid agencies to operate in their territory, exacerbating the effects of a severe drought.

“So even after their parents have struggled through the mud, have made it past the militias and have staggered into the hospital, it is still too late for many,” said [Sirat] Amin [a nurse-nutritionist with the International Rescue Committee who has been monitoring Minhaj’s progress].

“I’m coping with it but sometimes it’s heartbreaking. People are suffering. Sometimes they die in front of you,” he said. “Sometimes you want to help but the numbers are just so high. There are just so many.”

But seeing children like Minhaj recover gives him the strength to go on. - AP (via)

“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.”

– Joseph Wresinski (1917 - 1988)

This video is amazing. I know I ramble a lot about social justice causes, but think about it.

Are we going to stop at 99%, just because the 1% is too hard to deal with? Because 99% is a good enough figure to stop at?

Because we have made this far, and that’s good enough?

No, lets end polio (the remaining 1%) because children shouldn’t have to worry about disease, because children in third world countries have the same right as I had when I was a child growing up in a first world country. 

Day Two: Something That I am Passionate About - Ending Extreme Poverty. 

My Generation has everything it needs at its fingertips. I have a computer, an internet access, access to food and a roof over me. Truth is that 1.4 bilion people don’t have access to the basic human rights that I have. They may not have access to basic human rights because their parents cannot afford to pay for education, they may not have access to basic human rights due to the remoteness of where they live. 

That is why I am passionate about ending extreme poverty with Oaktree. I may not end poverty single handedly, but I can work alongside other passionate youth and get this done. One way to help end extreme poverty is the Millenium Development Goals.  

unistudent:

In case you can’t read - Donate: www.livebelowtheline.org.au/sophstomorrowLBL
In case you don’t know already - I will be living on AUS$2 a day for food and drinks to gain perspective what its like for the 1.4 billion people who live in absolute poverty. Absolute poverty means not having enough to cover all the necessities, where the cost of one day’s education means the loss of a meal. Where some things, such as education, health, medicine, are sacrificed for other things such as food, drinks.Money fundraised will go towards the Oaktree Foundation’s work in Papua New Guinea.

$50 	will provide a class in PNG with stationary for a year


$250 	will give a brother and sister in Cambodia the opportunity to go to 	school for a year


$500 	will help build a teachers house in Yangis, PNG


$1000 	will provide training to set up a business, life skills, and 	microfinance for 3 years for four young people in East Timor


$4000 	will provide 120 children with scholarships to go to school for a 	year in Cambodia 

unistudent:

In case you can’t read - Donate: www.livebelowtheline.org.au/sophstomorrowLBL

In case you don’t know already - I will be living on AUS$2 a day for food and drinks to gain perspective what its like for the 1.4 billion people who live in absolute poverty. Absolute poverty means not having enough to cover all the necessities, where the cost of one day’s education means the loss of a meal. Where some things, such as education, health, medicine, are sacrificed for other things such as food, drinks.
Money fundraised will go towards the Oaktree Foundation’s work in Papua New Guinea.

  • $50 will provide a class in PNG with stationary for a year

  • $250 will give a brother and sister in Cambodia the opportunity to go to school for a year

  • $500 will help build a teachers house in Yangis, PNG

  • $1000 will provide training to set up a business, life skills, and microfinance for 3 years for four young people in East Timor

  • $4000 will provide 120 children with scholarships to go to school for a year in Cambodia 

letsbe-the-change:

 
I may have mentioned this before, but I want to make sure you guys know about this. It’s called Live Below the Line. It is an incredible awareness and fundraising campaign that empowers those who want to eradicate extreme poverty within the next generation. Started in Australia in 2010, the movement quickly spread across 3 continents and is now catching on in the U.S.
May 16 – 20, 2011, is Live Below the Line Week. During those 5 days, thousands of people across the US will spend just $1.50 per day on food. In doing so, they will bring the issue of extreme poverty to the attention of their households and workplaces.
The Live Below the Line campaign will make a difference. So rise out and show your support: SIGN UP to Live Below the Line today!

Don’t forget to sponsor me at www.livebelowtheline.org.au/sophstomorrowLBL

letsbe-the-change:

I may have mentioned this before, but I want to make sure you guys know about this. It’s called Live Below the Line. It is an incredible awareness and fundraising campaign that empowers those who want to eradicate extreme poverty within the next generation. Started in Australia in 2010, the movement quickly spread across 3 continents and is now catching on in the U.S.

May 16 – 20, 2011, is Live Below the Line Week. During those 5 days, thousands of people across the US will spend just $1.50 per day on food. In doing so, they will bring the issue of extreme poverty to the attention of their households and workplaces.

The Live Below the Line campaign will make a difference. So rise out and show your support: SIGN UP to Live Below the Line today!

Don’t forget to sponsor me at www.livebelowtheline.org.au/sophstomorrowLBL

Ever wondered what $2 a day feels like?

artofjournalism:

Over the following few weeks, I will be posting posts about Live Below the Line. Live Below the Line (LBL) is a fundraising campaign run by The Oaktree Foundation and The Global Poverty Project to raise awareness that 1.4 billion people live on the Interational Recognized Extreme Poverty Line of US$1.25. That’S US$1.25 for food, drinks, clothing, insurance - everything that they need to survive.

This is an important issue, I believe, that needs to put into awareness, especially in a time where Australia’s aid budget might be cut. There are a lot of people doing this campaign, which is in its second year. So I shall be profiling some of this people, as well as explaining what is Live Below the Line, and the extent which it can help.

So one of the many celebrities endorsing this campaign is Hugh Jackman. This is his statement of support:

Hugh Jackman

I shall be doing this during university, so it will be a massive challenge, especially since I have discovered I quite like a cup of coffee, either at 2pm or at 10am. Basically, this means I won’t be able to have a decent cup of coffee during these five days. I will see if i can scrap instant coffee since water is free.

I have also set up challenges, since I am aiming for $1000.
From $200, I will only walk or cycle to university, or anywhere.

From $400, I will only take cold showers.

From $600, I will get two dreadlocks in my hair.

From $1000, I will get a tattoo.

So do you feel the urge to make me get a tattoo? Donate, either anon, your real name, or a funny name, here is the link that you need to click on in order to donate money to www.livebelowtheline.org.au/sophstomorrowLBL 

Drop by and read artofjournalism, as I will be profiling people doing LBL, as well as my experiences doing LBL. In doing so, I do hope you who are reading this but not doing LBL can understand that even though it will be really tough for me, living on $2 a day for everything is a reality for 1.4 billion people.