Tsue ~ That's What She Said: Essential Lessons for Children ~ Global Community, Charity, Bright Futures

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Essential Lessons for Children ~ Global Community, Charity, Bright Futures

As a mother, I have explored what lessons, insights and experiences are important to teach my children on many occasions, with some reflections very similar and others varying over the years.

The peace and quiet joy of laying in the green grass on a summer's day, not doing anything at all.

The welling of passion and emotion one experiences through music, both through performance and passive appreciation.
To aggressively explore their passions and to learn with insatiable hunger, never accepting one source as an ultimate authority.
To cherish and protect nature.  To give more than they receive.   
To embrace the global community.

This year, more so than others, as a family we have been challenging ourselves to give more.   More of ourselves, our time, our resources.

While thus far our efforts have been targeted specifically to those in need in the United States, I am reminded that need knows no political or geographic boundary.

Bright Future International (BFI) has been providing help to children in Russia, Panama, Rwanda, Kenya and other countries. The mission of BFI is to help children develop vital human qualities: compassion, a feeling of self worth, humility, a desire to help others and social skills. These are the qualities that are not taught in conventional schools and are deficient in many societies.

When one considers the full scope of need across nations, realization can be halting, even discouraging.  Inaction, however, merely serves to breed more despair and desperation.

Having recently been introduced to the good works of Bright Futures International, my reaction is simply one of gratitude.  Gratitude for their efforts to seek out opportunities to enrich the lives of those in needs, as well as provide easy means for those who are able to contribute, to make a difference.

One of the organizations currently in focus of the Bright Futures International organization is Heshima Kenya, the "the first and only organization in Kenya devoted to identifying, protecting and empowering unaccompanied refugee children and youth living in Nairobi.".  With special emphasis in providing for and protecting adolescent girls, the efforts of this organization certainly have hit home in my heart.  Heshima Kenya is only one of the organizations supported by Bright Futures International.

Giving A Child A Brighter Future With Just A Click ~

Simply "like" Bright Futures International on Facebook and $1.00 will be donated to assist children in need through organizations in Kenya, Burundi and Russia.

Supporters who contribute $15 or more will receive a free DVD of “A Merry Christmas” music video, which features stars like Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Larry King, and more.

What lessons do you consider essential for your children?
How do you and your family reach out and make a difference in the global community?
Tell me in a comment below!  I'd love to learn your thoughts!

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central for Bright Future International. A small donation to Bright Future International was made in my name from Mom Central as a thank-you for participating.  The opinions above are both honest and my own.  Images and information sourced from various BFI sites.


Grace said...

Raising my children I taught them through actions and words to never accept a bad situation as your fate written in stone. We can be masters of our destiny. We are big environmentalists and we are involved in saving trees and the world we live in. I loved the pictures of those children (mother/child?). Don't they have the most beautiful eyes?

SocialStudiesSoubrette said...

I love their mission. What a great way to show compassion to your own child.

Samantha said...

i LOVE this, great cause :) thanks for posting :) (sharing)

Pam said...

I think this is a great cause. I am all for helping save the world one person at a time.

Closer to Lucy said...

A worthy cause, thanks for sharing....sending everyone I know to "like" em.

Crystal said...

I have liked the page. What a great cause

Minta's Creations said...

What a great cause..Loved the post.

Stopping by from Pitch it to me.

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