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sikerült kiosztani a csomagokat, mindenkit otthon találtunk, bár volt ahol küzdeni kellett, mert vagy nem volt csengő/kutya amivel jelezni lehetett, illetve volt egy pontatlan cím is, de a helybeliek útbaigazítottak, így a fél éves kislány is megkapta a cipősdobozát :)

ne-revez-pas asked:

Hello, I saw you comment on a post about how missionaries in developing countries are ruining the cultures/societies of their people, and it really intrigued me. You see, I am about to go on a trip to Nairobi this coming June with the organization Me To We. Me To We is not religious and I'm not a religious person. But, while there I will help build a school and learn about Maasai culture. Do you feel that service trips without the intention of converting/teaching people are still alienating?

I am radically against service trips where people go to “build schools” (or other facilities) in a developing countries, and I find them to be incredibly disempowering and paternalistic at their core. It all boils down to stroking the (usually white) egos of the volunteers to make them feel like “good people” and does NO longterm good for the community.

I just wish people thought more critically about international development and saw through the smoke screen of “aid” that many of these “development” organizations put up as part of the white savior industrial complex. Like it just seems so obvious to me that an organization that goes through all of the logistical and human effort needed to bring “volunteers” to build schools in ~*aFriCa*~ has values that are fundamentally not aligned with those of their communities. They do not have the best interest of locals at heart, at all. 

If they cared about the community, they would be building out local capabilities and talents rather than trying to make a quick buck from western volunteers. They wouldn’t be bringing in untrained (usually) white people from the West without any language skills or understanding of local cultural intricacies to a community that is most at need. Rather than siphoning resources toward making white people “feel good” about themselves and aligning their values with white supremacy and white savior-dom, instead they would be working to give that exact same business to local carpenters and construction workers. Or, worst case, they would bring in people using those same dollars to train community members so that they develop these critical skillsets for themselves and their community at large. Why not actually work in solidarity with a community and build together to improve and develop local capabilities in the longterm? Why must we instead center the white gaze and destructive paternalism, which is disempowering and harmful and only has one longterm impact: making the Western volunteers “feel good” about themselves for “saving the Africans”

It makes me sick.

I also think it’s just so indicative of the deepset narcissism that lies in white supremacy and Western global hegemony that somehow we think that we can “build a school” better than people who are actually from that community. You know the ones who intimately know their needs and those of their communities, far better than the volunteers swooping in for 2 weeks to “save” them. How sick is it that we presume that “expanding our global horizons” can come at any cost, including undermining the fabric of a community, breeding dependency, and pulling resources away from actually building out the longterm capabilities of the people in these communities? I discussed these topics at length with someone who worked in international NGOs for 7 years in Africa and who left incredibly jaded because she saw how the values of so many of these organization was focused on “more NGO, now” rather than doing the more important work of creating communities where the presence of NGOs fades progressively with time as these communities are empowered. 

The structure of the white savior industrial complex is one of disempowerment, damage and harm. Participating in it furthers this destruction and hurts these communities in the long run.

The vast majority of these international aid and development NGOs do not have our best interests at heart, and are simply there to make white people (and other Westerners) feel better for the “good deed” they did once in ~the third world~

It’s horrible.

TAG OR SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS TO NOMINATE THEM TO TAKE PART IN THIS CHALLENGE.

Now that winter is upon us there are millions of Brothers and Sisters in the Ummah that will be suffering from lack of provisions to protect them from harsh climates.

This little challenge is to raise awareness, and help raise money for amenties such as warm blankets and clothing, which will be distributed to countires such as Palestine, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Albania, Chechnya, India and Iraq.

The challenge is simple (some may find it easy) but the purpose is for us to remember those that are having to live in these freezing conditions, without any adequate heating.

You can take part in the challege or nominate your friends/family, you can upload videos too if you wish, or if you just want to donate, you can.

£50 will prove for a winter aid kit.
£10 will buy a warm blanket.

So donate what you can, don’t be embarassed if its little, even something as little as half a date in charity can go a very long way.

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Save yourself from hellfire by giving even half a date-fruit in charity.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari: Volume 2, Hadith 498].

This challenge is on behalf of Ummah Welfare Trust who have started this appeal and work on a strict 100% Donations Policy, which means everything that you donate will go towards the cause.

Visit www.uwt.org to donate.
If you live in the UK, you can donate by texting WNTR66 £10 to 70070.

The final and most important thing to remember is that it is being done for the sake of Allah, as it is through Him we ask for protection and help.

May Allah alleviate the suffering of our Brothers and Sisters and protect them against harm. Ameen.

#WinterWudhuChallenge 

PLEASE HELP by reblogging this for a friend!

Hello, my name is Angel and I’m a bit crazy. I would really like to help a friend in need. I have an emotionally abusive, awful family and get depressed all the time, and I especially hate when others have similar situations. And this stuck out to me in particular. Poor awesome-cabbage is a sweet blogger, I’ve said a few things to her and she just seems so energetic and I cannot help but try to take action on her situation. She needs to move out and I kinda know how she feels because if I could, I would get my ass out of here too. But she is in a worse situation. She needs money and she’s trying to take donations. Well, I wanna help her!

As someone who’s struggled, I don’t want to see this kind girl be anymore hurt than she already is. Please help me so I can help her (: I am a jeweler. Not very popular but if enough people reblog this, maybe people will see it and this can work. Until the end of July, half of all commssions, purchases, etc I get for making jewelry will go straight to her. I have a jar set aside and will do what I can. This is wether or not people mention where they found me. If people reading this decide to help, then by all means I will do this. If random people buy something, half will still go in.

I desprately want to help her and I do not have a job so this is all I can do so please help! My wire jewelry is reasonably priced and I love being given projects.

If you don’t want to buy anything please donate to her straight from her tumblr by clicking the link to her blog I posted!She could really use it. EVEN A DOLLAR WILL HELP :)

My instagram is more frequently updated than my blog for jewelry but both are pretty equal right now. 

Links! VV

http://instagram.com/angelcrazyhere#

http://angelswirewardrobe.tumblr.com/

Thank you so much and please feel free to ask me about commissions. (: -Angel

IRAQ, AMERLI : Iraqi people take water from a humanitarian aid convoy in Amerli on September 1, 2014 after Iraqi forces broke through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town the previous day, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies. The mainly Shiite Turkmen residents of the town in Salaheddin province were running desperately short of food and water, and were in danger both because of their Shiite faith, which jihadists consider heresy, and their resistance to the militants, which has drawn harsh retribution elsewhere. AFP PHOTO / JM LOPEZ

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A collection designed especially for Pride season 2014. 50% of each sale goes straight to RFSL’s support organisation for LGBTIA refugees in Sweden.

The legislation surrounding LGBTIA rights in Sweden is constantly improving. There’s marriage equality, same sex couples are allowed to adopt, and gender reassignment treatment is covered by the national health insurance. It’s not perfect, we still have some way to go in certain areas, but we are improving.

This can’t be said for all of the world though. Recent years have seen an increase of anti lgbtia legislation in places such as Russia and Uganda. People from these areas of the world  leave their homes in fear of prosecution and look for more accepting countries. Some end up in Sweden.

This is where the story could have ended, with a happy ever after, but the truth is that the Swedish authorities are still terrible at recognising the threats that LGBTIA people are facing, and are often deporting these refugees and sending them back to where they came from, facing discrimination and sometimes even death.

RFSL’s support organisation for LGBTIA refugees in Sweden want to help out. They provide legal counceling and support, as well as assist with more basal needs such as food, medicin, bus travelcards, clothes or somewhere to stay.

There is a huge need for more help and more donations, and we want to do what we can, and we hope you feel the same.
If you want to read more about RFSL’s work, you can go here

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"Hen" is the Swedish neutral pronoun, similar to "they". The words are not only available as necklaces but also as pins. I might extend this collection in the future, with all sorts of pronouns, if there is an interest. If there is a specific pronoun you would be interested in, let me know and I will see what I can do.

The bracelets are made from paracord and are so called “survival bracelets”. Unbraided, they give you about 2 m of super strong rope, able to hold up to 250 kg. It’s my friend Jennifer, of “Jewelry By Jennifer”, who’s made these. They’re of a couple of different sizes, so when you order please specify your needed circumference.

EDIT: forgot to include the link to where you can find them, oops.