“…When they lose their children they feel the exact same anguish anyone else would.”

The famine occurring in East Africa is an incredibly distressing situation. An article from news.com.au describes the horror, and highlights the absurdity of the developed world’s general attitude to this tragedy. You can read the article here.

If you happen to be swayed by the comments left by other readers at the end of the article to criticize the article and the importance of contributing, think for a minute how you’d feel if the starving child in the photo was yours – or simply a child you know.

Unfortunately, in these days of information overload, it’s far too easy to switch off and feel nothing. But this tragedy is real. If the rest of the world doesn’t help, thousands – or hundreds of thousands  – will die painfully.

The "Be the Change" pendant will look similar to this.

If you’ve been keeping up to date with our blog and facebook posts, you know we’ve been planning the release of a new Poetic Pieces pendant, the profits of which will be donated to an appropriate organization for famine relief. We asked for your feedback – which words would be the best ones to inscribe on such a piece of jewellery?  The overwhelming response was to choose “Be the change.”

So,”Be the Change” it is! We’re making the prototype as we write. Please keep an eye on this space for the release of the “Be the Change” pendant. Hopefully you’ll buy one or more – for you and for someone you love – so that together we can help change the dire circumstances of those in East Africa.

Incidentally, we’d appreciate any informed opinions on which aid agencies can make the best use of our donations!

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