Frustrated by the UK election results?

Concerned Clegg will sell your soul to Cameron?

Don’t believe anything you do can make a difference to the world?

You can make a huge difference – here’s how:

* In many poor countries children cannot go to school unless they have uniforms. It costs just £4 in Tanzania to provide two uniforms and a few exercise books and pens for a child – but when you are dirt poor that’s a huge sum.

Four pounds can change a life
* There are millions of people who are blind from cataracts and, therefore, utterly destitute. A charity hospital in Dar es Salaam will perform a cataract operation for £10 – not that they turn anyone away.

Ten pounds to see again.
* Tens of millions of people contract the worst form of malaria because they have no protection against mosquitoes. It costs less than £1 to supply someone with a mosquito net impregnated with insecticide.

One pound to protect someone from a deadly disease.
* It costs as little as £25 to help a woman buy a reconditioned sewing machine so that she can run a little business and feed her family.

Twenty-five pounds to give a family a future
* It costs approximately £500 to build two water points that will provide a decent water supply for a village of a few hundred people. This means the women and children no longer have to walk many miles every day to collect water that is often rank and disease-ridden.

Five hundred pounds to transform a village
* It costs £35 to cover all school costs for a child in primary school for a year.

A child who can read is a child with a future.
* For £100 a year a teenage boy girl can be taught a skill – carpentry or dressmaking or even computer skills. They become self-sufficient and the whole community benefits. The future looks brighter.

£100 for a real chance in life.

Please click donate … thank you so much

So far I’ve raised over £1200 for Kitchen Table Charities Trust to support projects like those outlined here – I want to get to £5000 – please help … this time you really can make a huge difference – every penny goes to the people who need it most.

(c) Ellie Stoneley & Kitchen Table Charities Trust 2010


that is now a statistical fact …

I had 3 hours sleep … fascinated by all the too’ing and fro’ing in the UK election – some good wins – Julian Huppert in Cambridge and some sad losses, Jim Knight in Dorset in particular … good that no BNP victories and truly marvellous to have Caroline Lucas as the first Green MP in Parliament. It’s going to be interesting to see how Markets and the rest of the world respond to all this. I think the media have come out so badly in the UK – whipping up the concept of Cleggmania, the insane furore around ‘bigotgate’ and the Tory ‘tits’ farce in the Sun and on and on …

Anyway we are where we are and the next few days will bring coallition from one side or another – we can only hope that it makes for a more considered Parliament. It works elsewhere – so maybe a good time with Europe and UK in such dire financial straits to have forced discussion. How will the ‘country’ respond? That remains to be seen – the media and the party leaders need to show some strength at this point.

Sleep on it seems a cunning plan in the short term.

Anyway – another election took place – in Mauritius – over 70% turn out there and the Prime Minister was relected

Mauritius is regarded as one of Africa’s few social and economic success stories.

My pre election nerves are setting in …I really really hope that all who are elected in both the UK and Mauritian elections, will strive to improve conditions, not just locally, but in so many parts of the world where so little can help the lives of so many.

There are two things I would really like people to do on 6th May if they are UK (or Mauritian) voters…

but first an update on a revoltingly hectic whirl at Ellie HQ … Having failed to fly on the intended date due to interference from the volcano (Madagascar flight now rescheduled for 15th May – hurrah), I’ve been making full use of my time… list in no particular order;

– hen weekend in Birmingham (Janice)
– christening in Bexleyheath ( #babyJoe )
– floors sanded and first coat of varnish applied
– work work work (and looking for work from end June)
– gardening, picking up sticks and peering at tadpoles in Mother’s pond
– doing website for the Friends of Stourbridge Common
– taken to theatre for the Glass Menagerie
– took friend for her birthday trip to theatre for Guys and Dolls (surely an inspiration for Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus)
– trying to unswell my re-swollen knee (booooo)
– being elected onto the PCC at church
– walking on very ugly but wonderful MBT shoes to help flakey knees
– trying to get huge stain out of carpet
– drinking small lake of Margaritas
– finding lots of Malagasy twitterers
– team building with globaltolerance
– learning how to best use the Flip camera that wonderful Simon Berry from lent me for the trip
– looking at old photos of my parents in a life long before I landed when they were black and white pictured and setting off on their own adventures in Africa
– considering social enterprise and government
– organising two conferences
– burning toast

ooohhhh and most importantly I have been busy FUNDRAISING … currently around £1200 raised for Kitchen Table Charities Trust – huge thanks to all who have helped so far, hugely hugely appreciated – but I want more – aiming to raise £5000 please click donate and encourage everyone else to as well!!!

So – back to where I started… Two small things from which, as the song goes, big things will come…

If you only do two things on election day 6th May 2010 then make them these two:
VOTE – vote with pride, vote from your heart and vote for compassion (people fought and died for the right to vote)


– thank you – sorry to be cheeky – it’s all in an incredibly good cause as you will read on the just giving page.

Having done both of the above, the rest of the day is yours and you will feel so much happier!!

On tap

Just look at the expression on these children’s faces – the first time ever in their village that they had been able to access fresh water by turning on a tap and not walking for 2 hours to fetch it from a well in the hills above the village – all for the cost of £1,700.

Go on click donate and vote!

Thank you
Copyright © 2010 Ellie Stoneley