Friday, August 2, 2013

Life stories and a meaningful cause

"Many of the things can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer 'Tomorrow'; his name is 'Today'." Gabriela Mistral

    Sharon Bradshaw put together and edited a bunch of short stories and poems for a meaningful cause.
  The Hope and Dreams Anthology is about hope, endurance, love and second chances.
    My favorite story is “Amosi”, by Josephine Lilian Alice Grinham. This is the true story of a British woman who spent four years living in Tanzania. While she was there she hired a servant, Amosi.
   This story that moved me to tears will make you realize that little things we do can have a huge impact on somebody’s life. Sometimes we are too busy to notice this. All I am going to say is that Amosi is not a character that you will forget. This is a tale of honesty and friendship.

   Peter Caunt’s story “The End of School” is about a child in Africa, James, who is highly motivated to learn and study, but the school building has just been demolished for unclear reasons.
 The school building had been built by community volunteers with very few resources. His grandfather had dragged raw material for miles to help make this dream possible.
  James’s enthusiasm to learn, however, will be stronger than the effects of the destruction of the school building that had involved the work of many community volunteers.
  This anthology supports a cause in Ifakara, Tanzania, where weather changes can affect the harvest and become a cause for starvation. 
  In 2001 the contributors of the Free Bread Funds Ifakara supported the bakery project by helping to cover the costs for transport, clearing and installations. The Sisters of St Francis were trained to work on this project and now the bakery is self-funded.
  The bakery saves them from starvation, provides employment and also supplies bread to the Lepra Village and the local Orphanage.
   The supply of bread has had a positive effect on the children’s attention span. Over 80 % of the Free Bread Funds go to children, and they supply daily bread to nine wards of the St Francis Hospital and the Nazareti Leprosy Center.
 The bakery is kept clean, and the machines work well and are properly maintained. The Sisters make sure that everyone in need has access to bread irrespective of any tribal or religious affiliations.
   The Free Bread Funds have provided an irrigation system and now the farmers can grow rice, beans and spinach. Now the local people can afford medicine and have the resources to educate their kids.
    The Free Bread Funds continue to support this to make sure that no kid goes without bread. This anthology supports the Free Bread Funds and the Ifakara Bakery Project.
   For more information feel free to visit their website:
     “I cried because I had no shoes, when I saw a man who had no feet.” Mahatma Gandhi



  1. Hi Julia, I like the sound of this Hope and Dreams Anthology. Will surely look it up.

  2. Thank you, Julia, for a wonderful post which highlights the work being done by the Ifakara Bakery Project Charity in Tanzania.

    Please buy a copy of the Anthology if you are able to. A child in Ifakara will be so pleased that you did when they receive a piece of bread at the kindergarten, orphanage or the Hospital.

    I can also pass on any donations to the Charity, however small. All gifts help as it costs only £0.25p GBP for a loaf of bread in Tanzania, but which so many still can't afford.

    Thank you, and again to Julia for a lovely post.

    1. You are welcome Sharon. I was very impressed to see how much you have touched the lives of so many people.
      Thank you.

  3. I bet this bread is wonderfully nutritious and free of bromines. Our bread used to be healthful to thyroids when iodine was used as a dough conditioner. The USDA replaced iodine with bromine/bromide, saying people got their daily iodine requirement from iodized salt. But not true. The iodine evaporates when the salt is opened. Today we find bromide in all commercial baked goods and it depletes the body and cells of iodine. That has given rise to breast cancer and that is why we should always bake our own bread. I didn't mean to go on and on but I bet this bakery in Tanzania is free of the bromine poison.

    1. What an interesting comment, Manzanita. I love to learn about the ingredients of the food I eat.
      I will check if the bread I buy has bromide. I think I choose one from the coop that doesn't contain bromide.

  4. Hi, Julia, like Rachna, I will look up the Hopes and Dreams Anthology for sure'

    1. Nice to know I sparked your interest. Thank you Elizabeth.

  5. What a wonderful organization. It reminds me of Bread for the World, only it sounds like Free Bread Funds supports even more needs. Thanks for letting us know about it... and about the anthology. The things we take for granted on a daily basis can mean a difference between life and death in some parts of the world.

    ( I love that quote you put at the end, but I don't think Helen Keller said it. I've seen it called a proverb, attributed to Gandhi, and attributed to an ancient Persian poet... but never to Keller. I could be wrong, though.)

    1. Thank you for pointing out the glitch, Susan. I will check who said that quote and will correct it.

  6. Hi Julia,

    This post touches the heart, the soul. From adversity comes hope and from hope comes a better reality. I shall duly check this out Hopes making dreams become true and a better road ahead.

    A peaceful, hopeful rest of your weekend, Julia.


    1. Words are energy, and your words emanate an energy of hope, love and optimism. Thank you for your sweet comment, Gary. You are very much appreciated.
      Have a beautiful weekend my friend.

  7. Thanks for the info to such a wonderful organization - and the link to the anthology.

    I also love your new avatar! Take care

  8. Hi Julia .. yes the new pic looks great.

    I've ordered a copy - so hope to receive it once the post sorts itself out!

    Cheers to you - the stories sound very African .. Hilary

    1. Thank you for your humble act of kindness, Hilary. That's really nice of you.


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