Archive for the ‘Support’ Category

What Makes You Scream?

What are the things that you see in the world that make you so mad that you could scream?  What are the issues that come up that you would like to help with?  Human Trafficking, Clean Water, Refugees, Hunger, Poverty?  Each of these issues drive people crazy.  Sometimes crazy enough to actually do something about them…

screamThis is where you come in.  Check out iwillscreamforyou.com and upload your scream picture.  When you upload your picture you will chose which cause you are screaming for.  As needs arise around the cause that you are screaming for you will be connected with ways to help.  Global Benefit are the masterminds behind this movement.

Global Benefit was founded on the idea that there is something that you can do in your town, with your friends, or at your job or campus that will overcome the suffering and hopelessness found in places of extreme poverty or natural disaster. And it’s not hard! Just take what you already know how to do, and do it with a purpose.

So start out now.  Go to iwillscreamforyou.com and upload your scream.  Then share the site with friends, who will share the site with their friends.  As needs are identified you will be contacted with ways to help.  You can make a difference in this world.  You CAN do it.

You + Action = Change

Coffee With A Cause

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It goes without saying that I am a fan of great coffee.  I am also in favor of helping to eradicate poverty throughout the world.  So when the opportunity presents itself to drink coffee AND eradicate poverty – I’m in.

side-sign2Enter Global Benefit Coffee Company.  Finally a coffee company that not only puts on a good face for helping a cause but also guarantees every bag of their beans are not only Organic but also Certified Fair Trade.    This company is the real deal.  Not only is the coffee that they sell Fair Trade and Organic but they also give the first dollar from every bag sold to Global Benefit to drill wells, build schools, sponsor children or give medical aid.  By purchasing a bag of coffee from Global Benefit Coffee Company you are helping to stop the cycle of poverty one cup at a time.

This morning I was at Starbucks and I noticed a promotional display that was highlighting African Coffee.  They make a great sales pitch for the coffee beans that are grown and purchased from Rwandan farmers and how every cup of Starbucks Rwanda you enjoy helps raise prospects and hopes for a nation in renewal.  What they don’t do is tell you that this coffee is not Fair Trade.  What does it mean to be Fair Trade?  Fair trade’s strategic intent is to work with marginalized producers and workers in order to help them move towards economic self-sufficiency and stability. It also aims to allow them to become greater stakeholders in their own organizations, as well as play a wider role in international trade.  Starbucks is not interested in helping local farmers become self-sufficient.  They are only concerned with their bottom-line, which isn’t looking so good lately.

Don’t fall for flashy marketing.  Do the research.  Buy responsibly.  If you’re too lazy to do that, just listen to me.  Click here to purchase coffee that will help you drink responsibly.

My Fast Ends But The Hunger Continues

Letter To The President

As part of my fast for Darfur Fast For Life, I am sending letters to government officials and media outlets. Here is the letter I’m sending to President Obama. Feel free to copy, edit and use it for your own. Please note that hand-written letters carry more weight – I’ve already written this out by hand and would encourage you to do the same.


Here is the mailing address for the president:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500


Dear Mr. President,

I know that you have been an advocate for peace in Sudan since the genocide started in 2003. I appreciate everything you have done to speak out against the atrocities in Darfur, but the killing continues. Since the humanitarian aid agencies operating in Darfur were expelled by President al Bashir, more than 1 million people are at risk of losing their lives.

I am participating in a three-day water-only fast of solidarity with the people of Darfur this week to raise awareness of this terrible crisis, and am asking for your administration to take the following steps to ensure the safety of innocent victims in Darfur:

  • Publicly support the International Criminal Court’s indictment of Sudan’s President.
  • Urgently seek the return of humanitarian aid agencies to Darfur.
  • Pressure the UN Security Council to ensure protection for Darfur’s civilians.
  • Work towards a peace agreement in Sudan which allows Darfuri’s to return home.

Thank you very much for your attention to these matters.

Respectfully Yours,

Kevin Twombly

Hungry. Tired. Irritable.

And that is just a few of the things I am feeling right now.  It’s lunch time on day two of my Darfur Fast For Life and I am feeling the effects of going without food.  I know that what I am currently experiencing is nothing compared to what millions of people go through each day with no other option.  I have an option.  I have access to clean water and a roof to sleep under. I have a bed. In this fast I was hoping to join in solidarity with those who are fasting without an option; and yet the hunger I have right now is nothing compared to the despair of Darfur. Robbed of dignity, robbed of their homes, these refugees are on the run from brutal violence and rape, seeking out any form of hope. The smallest bit of hunger that I feel this day cannot even be compared to the hunger that Darfur woke up with today: a hunger for dignity, a hunger for freedom, a hunger for so much more than simply food.r3781500817

I find it difficult to concentrate or focus on one thing for any length of time.  It has only been 39 hours since my last meal and yet I am finding my thoughts paralyzed.  The thought of school children trying to learn with the rampant effects of hunger boggles my mind.  My energy is low and I think of the families that walk endlessly looking for a source of water or worse yet, those who have to run for their lives to hide from rebels who seek to destroy them.

We can do something about this.  We can contact our elected officials.  We can urge them to act on behalf of the people of Darfur.  Each of us can call 1-800-GENOCIDE and be connected directly to your elected officials for free. All you need is your zip code.  The hotline will provide you with up-to-date talking points related to current Darfur legislation and other actions your elected officials can take to help end the genocide. Call today and make Darfur a top priority for your representative, senators and the White House.

I can’t help but think back to the events that unfolded 15 years ago in Rwanda and how little was known about and done to stop the genocide that took place.  This is today.  A genocide is occurring.  We can act, we can speak up, we can make a difference and end this now.  I don’t want the history books that are yet to be written to record the fact that my generation let the same thing happen as the generation before us.  

Join me and take action on behalf of Darfur. 

1,000,000 Children Sponsored

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Just read this over at Shaun Groves Shlog.  Compassion International has announced that they now have reached 1,000,000 children being sponsored.  All I can say is, “Awesome!”

Darfur Fast For Life

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I first learned about some of what is going on in Sudan 3 years ago when I watched a documentary by Invisible Children.  As I watched this film in the privacy of my office I was brought through many emotions.  Anger, Hatred, Compassion, Sorrow, Fear, Joy, and Helplessness.  After watching the film I knew that there were things that I could do to help the millions of people who are suffering in IDP camps throughout Sudan.  I began showing the film to everyone who would take the time to watch it.  I hosted a screening at our church.  I spoke with young people about the role that they could play to make a difference in Sudan.  I have purchased t-shirts that send proceeds to the aid process, worn bracelets made by women in IDP camps, sent financial aid to help support students so that they would have a chance to receive an education.  I have read books that explain the history of the conflict, dig into the reasons for these incredible atrocities taking place.  I have written letters to my Senators, Representatives, and to the President as well.kids-on-mtn-2-small-300x225

There are days when I feel like nothing I do personally makes a difference.  There are still millions of people starving and dying while I live a very blessed life here in NH.  There is a vast ocean that separates the people of Sudan and myself and it seems to grow wider each day as there plight grows worse and I go on living my life.  I want to do more.  I want people to be aware of what is going on.  Even more than that, I want people to respond to this crisis.  I want people to be moved to action.  We can not just stand by and watch this happen.  In 1994 we, as Americans, stood by and did absolutely nothing as the mass genocide took place in Rwanda.  Unfortunately this is happening again with Darfur.mariam-and-child-300x225

That is why I will not eat.  I have thought about this for a while.  I heard of some the Fast for Life a while back through Twitter and then this morning was approached by a friend who is taking part in this fast next week.  Now, before the complaints come in about how Matthew 6 talks about fasting as a private matter between you and God I want to redirect what this is about.  This is less of a fast and more of a public awareness effort brought about through hunger strikes.  This fast is the only way that I think I could join in the suffering of the people of Darfur and raise awareness through this blog as well.  During these three days I will share my experiences with you all as I refrain from eating.  My hope is that I will be changed and moved to even more action through this effort.

Beginning Wednesday, May 20 and continuing through Friday, May 22 I will be fasting from all food and participating in a water only fast to help raise awareness of what is going on in Darfur.  I would encourage you to join me.  You can find out more information about this fast here.  Together we can make a difference.  Yes, I am one person who may not have a direct effect on what is happening, but if we each band together we can make things happen.  

Join me.  Make a difference.  Change the world with love…

Join Me for 40 Days of Water

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Today marks the start of the 40 Days of Water.  Water will be my only beverage for the next 40 days with the goal being to raise money that I would have spent on juice and coffee to drill clean water wells in Africa.  I’m joining forces with many people from all over the world that are collaborating with Blood:Water Mission to make it possible for others to have access to life giving, clean water.

Want to join me?  It’s easy!  Keep track of the money that you would have spent for the next 40 days on coffee, soda, juice, beer, wine, whatever and total it all up on April 9th.  That is the day that this all wraps up.  Then write a check for what you would have spent on those beverages and send it to Blood:Water Mission.  

You too, can play a vital role in helping many others gain the ability to have clean water.  So are you up for it?

40 Days of Water

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We have the gift of choice:  Freedom to choose on any given day what clothes we will wear, what work we will do, what food we will eat and what we will drink.  In nearly a third of the world injustice threatens to take away these basic kinds of choices that we take for granted.  In these places a woman can choose to drink the unclean river water or the unclean puddle water.  She can choose to walk once for four hours to get water or walk twice for eight hours to get more water.  She can choose to give her children something to drink that she knows may make them sick or she can give them nothing at all.  She can persist or give up.  You can help give her a real choice.

I challenge you to join me to make Water your ONLY beverage for 40 DAYS starting MARCH 1 and ending APRIL 9 in conjunction with the Lenten Season and World Water Day (Mar. 22).  Gather your friends and join in solidarity with our African brothers and sisters in an effort to provide clean water for communities in need.  As you do so, keep track of what money you would have typically spent on other drinks throughout the day and save that money.  At the end of 40 days donate what you saved to Blood:Water.  Imagine, if you saved $5 a day just by cutting out a visit to your local bar or barista, then you’d save $200 in 40 days.  That’s enough to provide clean water for 200 people for an entire year!

So ditch the morning coffee and o.j., leave out the lunchtime soda, and cancel the evening beverage. You won’t need an ark for this 40 Days of Water, but you will need a little self-discipline.  I know you can do it, because you know who you’re doing it for.  Make the choice.  Visit bloodwatermission.com/40days to find out more, download materials, and get started.

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How Long Can You Hold It Together?

Anne Jackson posted this on her blog the other day.  She made it to 1:56.  I lost it around 1:40.  Such a powerful video.  One that I can’t watch and then walk away from.  This is why I so desire to see clean water wells drilled in Rwanda.  Clean water won’t solve some of the issues mentioned in this video but it will increase the quality of life for thousands.

How long can you hold it together watching this story?  May you be broken and moved to action…