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16 October 2019
Post No. 113
The Week’s Contents
• “A la une” (Autumn Leaves of Action for the Upkeep of the Nature in Existence) Campaign, Note No. 2 – In Focus (between 16 and 22/10/2019): Balanced Diets
• Autumn Humanitarian Appeal 2019 Launched!
• All-year round Projects, Edition 2019: Play, Run and Vote Projects
… and much more!
~ “A la une” (Autumn Leaves of Action for the Upkeep of the Nature in Existence) Campaign, Note No. 2
In Focus (between 16 and 22/10/2019): Balanced Diets
The second note of our theme of Upkeep of the Nature is Balanced Diets. A balanced diet is mostly talked or discussed in the context of healthy life for the body, the mind and happiness.
From the perspective of our theme of Upkeep of the Nature, Balanced Diets will be approached from the view on how we can keep healthy life for our body and mind while reducing pressure on the nature through the foods and drinks we consume.
Under the Main Developments section of this post, we have provided further information about this second note.
~ Autumn Humanitarian Appeal 2019 Launched!
Our Autumn Humanitarian Appeal (AHA) 2019 was launched last week and can be found at http://cenfacs.org.uk/supporting-us/
It covers the following five projects: Skills for Value Chains, Save Flora and Fauna projects, Inequalities Reducer, Righters of financial deprivations and Hardship After Summer Holidays.
CENFACS is appealing to you to donate £2 to create 2 benefits (1 for humans and 1 for living things) as you wish to achieve one last benefit/relief.
Under the Main Developments section of this post, we have provided further information about this Appeal.
~ All-year round Projects: Play, Run and Vote Projects
The three components of our all-year round projects (that is Run, Play and Vote) are back this Autumn. As we are heading towards the end of the year 2019, one can hope progress has been made for these projects; records have been taken since these projects started in January 2019.
Under the Main Developments of this post, we have summarised what needs to be done for those engaged with these projects.
~ Micro-Volunteer doing Smart Tasks with Smart Tools
Last week, we provided you with some of the new ways we would like to add to our traditional ways of getting support. This addition to our usual way of getting support we have called it as no direct cash donations support.
Taking the same path in embracing the changes that are happening in the way charities get support, especially as we are increasingly in a mobile society, we will be using mobile technology and campaign to reach out to our supporters. As a result, we have started to use micro-volunteering by doing smart tasks with smart tools (such as smart phones, tablets, etc.) to re-engage with our supporters.
Smart tasks are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound tasks and activities to generate and increase support towards our good and deserving causes.
These tasks briefly include the following: prospecting potential supporters, running questionnaires, recruiting new supporters, engaging with supporters, sending and receiving messages from supporter, following the leads etc.
To enable us to continue our work, we are asking to those who can, both individuals and organisations, to support us with smart tools to enhance our micro-voluntary work.
To support CENFACS with Smart Tools to Micro Volunteer doing Smart tasks, please contact CENFACS.
~ Burkina Faso Appeal Review: Feedback –
A Call for the Restoration of Life Normality
After reviewing the lack of peace and insecurity situation in Burkina Faso last week, it has been resolved to continue to follow the situation and development on the grounds as well as the peace initiative run by the G5 and the Burkinabe people themselves.
Depending on the outcomes and evolutions on the grounds, we will make a judgement as to whether or not to launch a fresh humanitarian appeal. The data we got so far does indicate that the insecurity situation is severe, but it has not reached a critical level there.
We are not waiting for the situation to reach a critical level to act nor are we wishing any humanitarian crisis to happen. We are instead calling for the prevention of any further escalation of the situation that could lead to humanitarian crisis. We are calling for peace, security and support for the displaced persons, amongst them women and children. Our call is a call for the restoration of life normality for them.
We hope that our readers will take our message or call seriously while expanding their voices so that poor and vulnerable people in the displaced areas can find peace, return to their places and run their normal lives.
For any more elements about this call, please contact CENFACS.
~ “Quadranscentennial” (“Q”) Historicité: History of CENFACS-African Diaspora Organisations
This week, we are scrutinising through “Q” Historicité the links between CENFACS and the African Diaspora Organisations. In particular, we are conducting some research in order to find out the answers to the following questions:
Why CENFACS got involved in the work and the shaping of African Diaspora Voices for Africa’s Development?
What were the outcomes and impacts on CENFACS and on these organisations?
Was a link with these organisations of convenience or a genuine model of working together to advance African matters?
Would have been better for CENFACS to stay away from them?
Did this link strengthen or weaken CENFACS?
For any query regarding “Q” Historicité and any reactions about the history of CENFACS in its links with African Diaspora Organisations, please contact CENFACS.
• “A la une” Campaign, Note No. 2 – In Focus (between 16 and 22/10/2019): Balanced Diets
In the context of “A la une” campaign, we are refereeing to balanced diets to deal with adverse impacts of climate change. The message through our second note is about how we can help to reduce the adverse impacts of climate change through our diet.
It is about adding to the classical model of balanced diet (which is of 50 per cent of carbohydrates, 20 per cent protein, 15 per cent or less fat, and 15 per cent fibre) a climate dimension. Therefore, balanced diets will be approached from environmental and climate perspectives. It is a diet that is environment-friendly as well.
~ What is an environment-friendly balanced diet?
We will be working on the right balance between for example plant-based products and meat consumption, between plant-based and sustainably-produced animal-sourced food. This note is about improving our diet so that we can reduce the pressure on the environment regarding the foods (nutrients) and drinks (fluids) we consume.
An environment-friendly balanced diet can contribute to our minds, bodies and happiness. This is despite the fact that one can raise the issue of the cost of balanced diet. Yet, the cost of destroying the nature through human diet could be higher than the cost of having a balanced diet, let one the catastrophe on the humanity.
~ What is finally a balanced diet within the context of climate change?
It is diet programme that enhances health while helping to reduce the life threatening impacts of climate change.
It is about having a diet that does not upset the natural balance or balanced state of living things.
It is diet that reduces pressure on the environment (for example reducing the killings of animals for meat consumption).
It is a diet that can help to meet our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own consumption needs.
For more on this note, please contact CENFACS.
• Autumn Humanitarian Appeal 2019
~ What AHA2019 is about
It is about supporting life-sustaining needs of poor people, flora, fauna, communities and organisations in the context of life-threatening impacts of climate change in Africa.
We would like those who can to support this appeal which tackles both life threat and sustenance.
~ Why to support it?
Apart from our own findings and reports from colleagues and Africa-based Sister Organisations on the grounds in Africa, there is a number of data and facts that provide the reasons for one to support the above beneficiaries.
One of these reports has been provided by UNICEF (1) which argues that
“Special attention is needed for sub-Saharan Africa, where child mortality rates are the highest in the world while population growth continues at a rapid pace (p.24)”.
UNICEF continues by saying that
“In sub-Saharan Africa alone, 2.8 (2.6, 3.1) million children under age 5 died – 52 per cent of all under-five deaths” (p.12)
To materialise this special attention and help reduce the uneven burden of child mortality in SSA, CENFACS is asking those who can to do something about this, particularly to donate £2.
The two pounds will be allocated to humans (£1) and to living things (£1). The one pound for living things will help to reduce the threats of extinction to flora and fauna.
~ What your donation can do in the case of child mortality
£1 can help achieve any of these three outcomes:
√ Reduce a risk of death of children
√ Reduce the disparities or differences in rates of under-five mortality rate in Africa
√ Achieve an improved outlook of child sustainable development goals indicators
On the support page of this website (at http://cenfacs.org.uk/supporting-us/), we are provided more supporting evidence and data for potential donors and funders to act and make the data change the life of the above stated beneficiaries.
Please visit this page at http://cenfacs.org.uk/supporting-us/ and take action
~ How to take action about AHA2019
You could carry out one of the following actions:
√ Visit CENFACS’ e-Store at http://cenfacs.org.uk/shop/
√ Donate £2 for this appeal
√ Take our AHA 2019 campaign forward
√ Recommend a friend to support this campaign
√ Talk around you about CENFACS’ AHA 2019, products and services
√ Put into practice the 8 Non Direct Cash Giving Options listed in our last post on this website
(1) UNICEF (2019), Levels and Trends in Child Mortality – Report. Estimates developed by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation
• All-year round Projects: Best Country, Best Runner and Best Manager of 2019!
The three components of our All-year Round Projects – which are Play, Run and Vote – continue to be active during this Autumn. One can hope that progress has been and every step has been taken to undertake actions and get the results or outcomes at the end of the year 2019.
To refresh memories, we would like to repeat the following.
If you are Playing the CENFACS Poverty Relief League (the World’s League without relegation) and its sub-project Le Dernier Carrẻ, there are 16 team countries in this African Nations Poverty Relief and Development League playing each 32 matches/games each against the other. Around this time of the year, there should be only eight countries remaining or qualifying in the games.
If you are Running for Poverty Relief and Development, you can do it alone or as a group. Whether you are doing it alone or as a group, make sure you have in place a reliable system to record and monitor what you are doing.
If you are casting your Vote for an International Development and Poverty Relief Manager of 2019, there are two and half months remaining until the end of the year. Again, do have in place a reliable system to record and monitor what you are doing.
Whether you are Gaming or Running or even Voting for Poverty Relief and Development, please keep a track record (including the facts, data, videos, reviews and images) of your Autumn activities to make and share your story with us and others.
To keep your track record, you do not need sophisticated technologies or a specialist third party. With your mobile phone only – if you have one – you can text, record voices, make a video, take pictures, make a short film, phone etc. to capture and communicate the impacts in your own words and numbers of any event or activity you are doing or taking part in this Autumn.
Also remember, the final results or outcomes of any activities and actions from the All-year round projects, which are a summary of what would have happened during the entire year (meaning from January to the end of the year).
At the end of this process and of the year, one should be ready to announce the 2019 Action-Results for either of the project: Run or Play or Vote.
The final Action-Results consist of finding out the following:
√ The Best African Countries of 2019 which best reduced poverty
√ The Best African Global Games Runners of 2019
√ The Best African Development and Poverty Relief Managers of 2019
If you have not yet thought about it, start thinking now and have your say about it!
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Thank you as well to those who made or make comments about our weekly posts.
We look forward to receiving your regular visits and continuing support throughout 2019.
With many thanks.