Archive for October, 2012

Who wants to be a daddy Part 3

October 20, 2012

Ok, so it is really not going to be that long now and I am going to be a daddy to two little babies, me nervous, no. Ok maybe a little but I do also feel remarkably calm most of the time as well. Unlike a couple of months ago when I was worried we were not prepared enough and made lots of ‘to do lists’ to help us be more prepared. It is true I have developed a nervous scratch, I keep scratching the back of my head, even in my sleep, which is annoying the hell out of my partner and not doing a great deal for my scalp either.

I have also been having dreams about not having my ‘bag’ packed and ready to make a dash for it the minute I get ‘the’ call. I have decided to have one packed and ready at home and one in the office. Today I put out everything I need, almost identical items going in each bag, again freaking my partner out that I need ‘order and symmetry’ I just like to think of it as being in control….

Anyway, within weeks it is all going to happen and life as I know it is going to change, odd at 41 that it is finally happening, I can still think back to being 18 and thinking “I so want to be a dad one day”, who knew that one day would take so long to come around, but how much sweeter it is now that it is almost here.

Still don’t know if there is two boys, two girls or one of each, but I have a feeling there is at least one son and heir it there. How odd that for years I always wanted a daughter and now I am day dreaming about having a son, either way I’ll be happy. When it comes to names I have been vetoed on Rufus, and Dolly, which I can kind of understand, but I am still a little shocked that Jedi was not even allowed on the short list…. what kind of mother would not want to name her son after a Star Wars character!!!

Dad, when I think of that word now I just can’t help but smile….

Earlier postings relating to this topic: Part 1Part 2

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Kiva, the gift that just keeps on giving…

October 3, 2012

Some of you will know that I am a big fan of Kiva, which is a non-profit organization that aims to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. I support them because I think empowering individuals to support themselves is one of the best ways we can really help those in need.

I just made my 14th loan, so thought I would do a little post about them in the hope that you like what you hear and maybe even consider joining them.

The key aspect of Kiva is that they facilitate your ability to help fund a worldwide network of microfinance institutions. Kiva works with these microfinance institutions to provide loans to people without access to traditional banking systems. And what’s more 100% of the amount you decide to loan is sent to these microfinance institutions, you can of course donate to Kiva’s running cost if you like, but you don’t have to.

The great thing is you get to select just who gets your money. You search profiles to help you decide, to me this is probably one of the most tangible aspects of this, I really do feel like I am making a difference to someone or their community, it is not some random donation that I hope ends up in the right hands.

My first ever loan was to someone from a small village in the Philippines. The recipient was 52 years old, married with six school-aged children. They run a sari-sari (variety) retail shop. The main source of income for the business comes from buying and selling daily-use products such as shampoo, soap, canned goods, snack foods and beverages in the local community. The recipient had been running the business for over five years and earns approximately $230 a month from it. The loan they were after was used to purchase additional products to sell like canned goods and beverages.

About 90% of my loans are made to women, I believe that if you empower women you improve a community, but each to his own.

Every loan I have made has either been paid back in full or is in the process of being paid back, and every penny I get back I re-lend, so the gift of giving just keeps on giving…

If you want to know me you can check them out here: http://www.kiva.org/