Friday, January 29, 2010

WHO stated 1,000 children under 5 die every hour

Four organizations are on a mission to help the children of the world. Each of us have our own tasks. Three of the nonprofits have been around - forever. Teaching Hands is the new kid compared to World Health Organization, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Save the Children.

A direct quote from World Health Organization - (WHO) 24 July 2008. And I'm sharing their pictures. "Nearly 10 million children under the age of five die each year – more than 1000 every hour – but most could survive threats and thrive with access to simple, affordable interventions." A little further down the web page is this: "From one month to five years of age, the main causes of death are pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, measles and HIV. Malnutrition is estimated to contribute to more than one third of all child deaths."

The mission started by bringing awareness to my local community. Followed by asking for everyone to participate however they can. Then came the questions; "What about the school age children?" "Don't the deserve to be warm also?" A lot of them come from needy homes. There are the ones that are homeless. Aren't you going to keep them warm too?

On-line I stumbled upon a phenomenal woman.... "Philanthropist Melinda French Gates was recognized for her efforts to reduce infant mortality rates through Save the Children's Saving Newborn Lives program." Mrs. Gates (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) is the one who caught my attention with a comment she made. Her foundation had sent sterile medical equipment and vaccine's for the children. Her last statement was the one that stuck for the past three years. She stated that a cap will help to keep the child warm. Who will make the caps? Aloud I stated, "Me."

No one has asked me to speak for the children. I appointed myself.

Three years later and the WHO information still gets to me. Eyes go wide when I have the opportunity to share the information face to face. A disbelief can come across when a discussion takes place with how bad things are. There are times this entire project is overwhelming. One day at a time works wonders. The Power of Prayer too! Complete understanding its impossible for one person to make millions of hats, helps. I'll go out on a limb to state, "It will take millions of participants to keep the children warm." No, I've not forgotten the adults too.

Will all of us work together to erase the horrific troubles children are experiencing around the world. Teaching Hands will do our best to make sure this happens. Stay tuned....

Written by: Cindy Williams

Photography by: World Health Organization

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Deplorable living conditions for human-beings to keep warm must stop.

Five years ago, my body wasn't able to keep me warm. (I'm thankful those days no longer exist.) Besides wearing layers there was a hat, scarf, shawl and blanket with me at all times in the seventy degree home. Being fortunate to have the skills of knitting and crocheting kept me cozy. I was able to make hats/scarves to match the clothes I wore. All snug in my layers of warmth my thoughts traveled to those who were cold. Do the homeless ever get warm in the winter months? What about the patients with a terminal illness?

(Through the prior questions that rambled in my mind is how Teaching Hands began its creation.)

While following a strict schedule my body began the slow process to function in a healthy manner. My brain continued to ponder about the human-beings keeping warm. My now troubled spirit was comforted by being persistent with the knitting. There were several kitchen trash bags filled with hats, scarves and shawls. I knew in my heart there was a bigger picture in front of me. Little did I know this complication would change my life.

There were hours spent in doing research for the less fortunate to keep warm. My first mission was making hats for the five million newborns/children under five years of age that were dying per year around the world. A rapid realization came to my mind that one woman isn't capable in resolving this issue. Followed by this came another difficulty in my own community. People were not aware of human-beings being cold. My mission grew to teaching people the awareness and participation.

The facts are: there is an immediate need in our world to keep people warm. You are viewing this in your local community. You see the homeless and needy throughout your town. Turn on your television to view the abhorrent conditions in Haiti. There are horrendous situations throughout the world with people remaining cold.

In my eyes we must bring this to a stop!

We at Teaching Hands are asking you to become involved. Spreading awareness is a task you can do. Knit a hat or scarf. Pull out the sewing machine. What are your community needs? Your family? Friends? Yourself? Asking your local church. Or a hospital's volunteer office. Gather your friends at the local coffee-bar. You are more than welcome to help us. When you need our aid give us a holler. By all of us working together we can change the world to be a better place.

As you look at the pictures in this post keep in mind the handcrafted items have kept a person warm.

Written by: Cindy Williams

Photography by: Cindy Williams

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I'm on a mission!

Last year the local newspaper did an interview with me and our volunteers. Being my first interaction with the press had my nerves a tad frazzled. At that time me being behind the scenes was my comfort zone. A camera with a large lens wasn't. Then came the question from the photojournalist that has stuck with me since. He asked why am I making handcrafted items to keep the needy warm. Boy, was I surprised what flew out of my mouth.

The conversation went something like this. Have you watched the movie Blues Brothers? The scene where they are in sunglasses talking to the nun. We both smile at each other. One of them stated, "We are on a mission from God." That's what I am. "I'm on a mission from God."(The first picture is me being silly with the camera came up with my own rendition from the movie. lol.)

A year has come and gone since, that interview. Plenty of time for me to realize that I am on a mission. While being on a hot pursuit in getting Teaching Hands to be a nonprofit while help others, a gift arrived. I learned more about myself. And how important my artistic means aided me in living a healthy life-style. Writing and the needle arts are a way of life for me. Knitting will comfort me during those times my soul is troubled. The writing lets me talk to all of you. It also keeps my mind clear from the clutter. My version of dancing keeps the stress off of my body. I live the life that Teaching Hands is teaching others. (Bert moment because he is the mascot of Teaching Hands.)

All fun aside this is what I look like while being on my mission from God. I'm blessed to have figured out why I'm here. Or my purpose in life. My goal is to help others have the same thing. In closing I'll leave you with this saying I came up with: Through the arts you can learn about yourself, learn about others and the world around you.

Written by: Cindy Williams

Photography by: Cindy Williams

Monday, January 25, 2010

Caught in the act of having a good time

The place was hopping with sharing, laughter, joy, friendship and love. The grand time took place at the 3B's coffee-bar last Saturday. You could hear the laughter throughout the building. I've been told you can hear me laugh from Idaho to Texas. :-) People dropped by just see what we were doing. One woman stated she wasn't a crocheter. She kept saying we were great because of the laughter. Did we know the importance of laughter? Yes we do!

There wasn't much laughing earlier this morning when I looked at the pictures taken. Most of them were blurred.... There was too much fun going on... forgot to check the pictures before everyone went home. I don't have the heart to call everyone back for a retake at 6:30am. That's when I viewed them. You'll need to use a touch of your imagination. The digital camera in my possession is considered old. Hence when people are not in frozen mode things blur. There was too much laughter going on to ask people to "hold that pose." lol

When you are having a boring Saturday buzz-on in and visit with us. Our attitude is the more the merrier. One woman told us she'd come by just to have a cup of coffee with us.

One last thing before I let you go...

We are blessed to have such talent as Miss Shirley's. She is one volunteer who has rolled up her sleeves to help Teaching Hands and the request of her church. One could say she is always on the move with her knitting. Shirley makes the rest of us look like a bunch of lazy bums. lol The picture you are viewing is a request from her church. The newborn hats and mittens are adorable. Her huge heart continues to keep people warm.

Written by: Cindy Williams

Photography by: Cindy Williams

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Kids Are Quick

TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America .
MARIA: Here it is.
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America ?
CLASS: Maria.

TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on
the floor?
JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.

TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?'
TEACHER: No, that's wrong
GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.

(I Love this kid)

TEACHER: Donald , what is the chemical formula for water?
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it's H to O.

TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that
we didn't have ten years ago.

TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
GLEN: Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are.

TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with ' I.. '
MILLIE: I is..
TEACHER: No, Millie ..... Always say, 'I am.'
MILLIE: All right ... 'I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.'

TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father's
cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn't punish him?
LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand.

TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before
SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.

TEACHER: Clyde , your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the
same as your brother's. Did you copy his?
CLYDE : No, sir. It's the same dog.

TEACHER:Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking
when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD: A teacher

Thank you Ross for sending this fun email message. HUGGIES!!! Cindy :-)