昨日风， 今日晴， 明日雨， 风雨莫测
昨日哀， 今日喜， 明日愁， 心情莫测
昨日祸， 今日福， 明又何， 祸福莫测
昨日知， 今日合， 明日离， 聚散莫测
昨日贫， 今日富， 明日缺， 人生莫测
昨日失， 今日得， 明日空， 时机莫测
昨日变， 今日变， 明日变， 变幻莫测
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Today i sponsorred 2 kids, through world vision child sponsoring program. Even though there are some criticism on the way how world vision utilise the funds while reporting a whole different story to sponsors, but i feel this is acceptable, as long as my money did make the community evolve.
i chosen one kid in South Africa, East Orlando, and one random kid in the world who his community need money the most. I dont think i will visit them one day as i know their circumstances are really bad and i might feel so sad for them. i do hope they can take good care of themselves, and get rid of their bad fate a day in future.
As for me, i need to work hard for my own life too. Lets fight together, kids!
source : http://www.wikipedia.com/
World Vision, founded in the United States in 1951, is an international Christian relief and development organization whose stated goal is "to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God." Working on six continents, World Vision is one of the largest Christian relief and development organizations in the world with a 1.6 billion dollar budget (2007).
World Vision was founded in 1951 by Dr. Robert Pierce, a young pastor and missionary, who had first been sent to China and South Korea in 1947 by the Youth for Christ missionary organization. Pierce remained at the head of World Vision for nearly two decades, but resigned from the organization in 1967. Pierce also founded the evangelical organization Samaritan's Purse.
World Vision began caring for orphans and other children in need first in South Korea, then expanding throughout Asia and, eventually, in more than 90 countries, embracing larger issues of community development and advocacy for the poor as part of its basic mission to help poor children and their families build a sustainable future.
According to World Vision's 2006 Consolidated Financial Statements, around 40% of their revenue comes from private sources, including individuals, World Vision clubs in schools, corporations and foundations. 27% comes from governments and multilateral aid agencies such as USAID and the Department for International development (DFID) in the UK. 30% comes from other World Vision programs and nonprofit organizations as Gift in Kind. Aside from cash contributions, World Vision accepts gifts in kind, typically food commodities, medicine, and clothing donated through corporations and government agencies.
Approximately half of World Vision's programs are funded through child sponsorship. Individuals, families, churches, schools, and other groups sponsor specific children or specific community projects in their own country or abroad. Sponsors send funds each month to provide support for the sponsored children or projects.
World Vision Famine events like the 30-Hour Famine and 40-Hour Famine also help to raise money for impoverished countries. Typically, a group signs up to organize such an event, and then spends the next 30 or 40 hours abstaining from food, technology or other things that are taken for granted, and increasing awareness about world hunger. Many schools and individuals are annually successful with this fundraising activity. In the beginning there was only the No Food Famine, but now there is the No Talking Famine; the Techno Famine, without technology (i.e. cellphones, computers, TV or digital audio players); Sports Famine, a triathlon or a sports activity for the whole weekend; and the Theme Famine, where participants come up with an idea of their own: living in a tent, cardboard box or living only on rice for a weekend. Another one is the 24 hour wake, an event that involves a group signing up for lack of any form of rest or energy drink supplements to show the overworked conditions the third world has to deal with
According to World Vision's annual report, in 2008, 87% of its funding was spent on programs, 8% on fundraising and 5% on management and general overhead.
In a report on famine in Ethiopia, reporter Andrew Geoghegan visited his 14 year old sponsor child. The girl has "been part of a World Vision program all her life" yet says (in translated subtitle) "Until recently, I didn't know I had a sponsor." and when asked about her knowledge of World Vision sponsorship says "Last time they gave me this jacket and a pen." Geoghegan was disconcerted to find that despite being "told by World Vision that [the girl] was learning English at school, and was improving... she speaks no English at all."
In their response, World Vision states "World Vision unapologetically takes a community-based approach to development – a fact we publicly promote at every opportunity. Providing money directly to the families of sponsored children simply does not work, no matter how dire the circumstances. A ‘direct benefit' approach creates jealousy among community members that do not have sponsored children and fosters an ethos of dependency. So while sponsored children may receive some direct benefits – like school materials or a jacket for warmth – this in no way represents the entirety of our work in a community, and it was disingenuous for the Foreign Correspondent story to imply this."
It is clearly stated on the World Vision website: "When you make a gift, your contributions are pooled with that of other sponsors of children in the community where your child lives. Your child receives health care, education, nutritious food, and the entire community benefits from access to clean water, agricultural assistance, medical care, and more."
The journalist and producer were offered the chance to view the full breadth of work World Vision is undertaking in the community, in health, education and food security, but this offer was not accepted."
Foreign Correspondent replied to World Vision. In part, that response reads: "Foreign Correspondent sought answers from World Vision representatives on why the organisation's literature creates the impression that donated money goes directly to the sponsor child. The World Vision representative failed to adequately respond to the questions and instead outlined the community projects where sponsor money is spent. Foreign Correspondent does not dispute the integrity of World Vision projects but questions the way sponsorship is promoted to the public. In its response, World Vision has ignored the reporter's surprise at finding his sponsor child speaks no English, yet he has been receiving regular reports from the organisation that she's learning English at school and has a good command of the language. .., Andrew Geoghegan has sponsored Tsehaynesh Delago for a decade and yet she claims she was unaware, until recently, that she had a sponsor and says the only benefit she has ever received directly from World Vision is a pen and the denim jacket she wore on the day of filming."
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Eventually i got back my car today, after 2 weeks of 'car-less'. Thanks to BL, Michael, HS, KL and SI who ever fetched me during the time.
After that we went to PISA for camera fair. The fair is not bad, with a lot of booths and bride gowns show. Many booths had hired pretty girls as promoters. A lot of DSLR camera hobbyists were there taking shoot on the bride gown show. The show is good and i do feel it reached international standard. I was caught by a pretty promoter before we left, all thanks to Sherlyn. She talked a lot to tell us how good is the camera and really, i do feel the camera is really nice. But too bad, i am stingy, haha...
After that we went to Queensbay Borders and Popular to read books. I made a popular card, as i have at least 6 books in list to buy. What books? hehe.. below are 2 of them. I will start book-ing tomorrow.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
歌名 ： 夜路
歌词 ： 乌龟杀手
歌曲 ： 还没有曲
歌名 ： 夜路
歌词 ： 乌龟杀手
歌曲 ： 还没有曲
Thursday, April 02, 2009