One on behalf of the mums-to-be

This week I reached the halfway point in my pregnancy. Over the last four and a half months I have been thinking a lot about what it might be like to carry a child while living in extreme poverty. It began when I undertook the Live Below the Line challenge – living on £1/day for…

We can change the world

If you think extreme poverty is an inevitability, here are a few reasons why this is simply untrue. I’m taking a course entitled ‘How to Change the World‘ through Coursera, which offers university courses for free online. The course delves into pressing global issues and what we can do about them so I thought I’d…

Committed to cruelty-free

Having recently subscribed to ethicalconsumer.org I am fully aware of my proximity to tree and bunny hugging territory. Isn’t it odd how trying to do the right thing can often be seen as a bit ‘hippie’? Well, rather than hide behind my current issue of Ethical Consumer Magazine wearing dark shades and a Trilby I…

Faced with harsh realities of poverty

Last week I was confronted by the very issues I seek to highlight with this blog when my grandparents were attacked by two men at their home in South Africa. The men were attempting to steal my grandmother’s car when they were interrupted by my grandfather as he entered the garage to find a tool. The attack was unnecessarily brutal…

We Need New Names: fact or fiction?

This post is long overdue; I actually finished We Need New Names a couple of months ago. Unfortunately a couple of months of pregnancy nausea left me feeling demotivated and uninspired. However, I am starting to feel vaguely human once more and keen to get back into the blogging swing of things. This book is…