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Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

Kenya Calling…

Bombings… Building Walls… Refugees…

On a flight last week, I read an article about a Syrian woman and her recently released memoir, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea. The year, Doaa al-Zamel left home, 2,000 refugees and migrants had already lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean. They are 19 hours from the Italian coast when a group of pirate smugglers rams their boat. “Dogs!” the pirates shout. “You should have stayed to die in your own country.”

I read that line over and over, and I thought Bombings…Building Walls…Refugees – There except for the grace of God, go I.
What would I do faced under the grimmest of circumstances? Fleeing the only home I had known, saying goodbye to loved ones, and watching death by the masses. For some, the only hope was having the will to let go and perish in those waters where at last, they could stop the fight and rest in peace.

There is nothing more disheartening than those of us so privileged not to know this type of suffering and to turn our heads. EVERY bit, EVERY LITTLE BIT can and does help. Remember people, WE are the world. It is our blessing to share the plight of others and to do our part to make a difference.

In that light, today, I am sharing a link to support the babies in Kenya. One trained pediatric critical care doctor at Kenya’s largest public hospital has been able to decrease mortality rates for critically-ill children in her hospital from close to 100% in 2011 to 30% today.
Children’s Hospital and U.W. have put together a three year program to train physicians in Kenya Pediatrics Emergency Care. U.W. wrote the curriculum and Seattle Children’s had the 12 volunteer doctors doing the teaching.

On February 8, I along with dear friends, Caroline Egan, Patti Savoy, Stacy Lill, Michelle Quisenberry and U.W.’s Dr. Amelie VonSaintAndre will be having a $100 plated dinner to discuss and enlighten on how we can stop the death rate of children going to emergency room in Kenya with an 80-90 percent chance of dying from something as simple as diarrhea.

Bombings…Building Walls…Refugees – If they can’t get out, then lets go in to help~

As President Obama said, “Yes we Can, Yes We Will”.
Please contact one of us for more information or how you can contribute or join us for dinner February 8. Remember EVERY bit helps!
Kenya is calling…Please pick up!

http://giveto.seattlechildrens.org/pecc-kenya

MSF Dr. Mauro D'ascanio examining the mother of a malnourished child in the theraeutic feeding center at Dadaab refugee camp. The woman was diagnosed with measles. Many of the adult Somali refugees were nomadic and may not have been immunized during childhood.

MSF Dr. Mauro D’ascanio examining the mother of a malnourished child in the theraeutic feeding center at Dadaab refugee camp. The woman was diagnosed with measles. Many of the adult Somali refugees were nomadic and may not have been immunized during childhood.