Share this Secret #atozchallenge #orphansofebola

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Today I am taking an A to Z challenge  break from (fictionally) killing people  so I can tell you about a project that is near and dear to my heart:

I am sharing a concern I have for the over 10,000 children orphaned by Ebola. Those are reported numbers; the numbers are higher.

Have you read about the sadness, the sorrow, the situation of children being shunned by family and society for fear they might contract Ebola, orphans shut in a room or hut (in quarantine) for 40 days  perhaps food is thrown in the window? Most of the relief money has been used for things other than the children.  If you read any of Liberia’s news, they were in financial straights before – their children are begging for assistance (for each other) because they have few advocates.

I am in the process of compiling a book of poetry called Song for Liberia. The book is a chorus of poems / haiku given as a gift by some very talented poets. The photographer Nick Fraser is sharing shots of Liberia for this project.

The wonderful thing is all of the money we raise (aside from what Amazon takes) will go directly to the needs of the children. The publisher has graciously waived their cut.

The book will be coming out in the summer – WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Your promotion of the project / the book would add to the chorus of love for these children (via Facebook, Twitter, your blog)
  • An article on your blog about the project would help spread the word
  • submit a poem
  • we will be selling t-shirts, coffee cups
  • do a hand spring or two…

If you are interested in helping in any way, please leave a comment in the comment box or an email at

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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A to Z folks I am visiting today:


Poetry Submissions #poetry #charity #orphans


 Though this project/ book thematically  is open for interpretation,we would like you to consider how you  as a poet can write a “song” that conveys one of the following: sadness at the loss for these children left alone,  a message of hope to the children, and  a call to the community at large to remember these little lives as they forge ahead. This is meant to be a work of encouragement rather than a sounding board for political opinions.

More information is available at Fill the Cracks. The deadline for submission is June 1st. We still have room for more poetry, but the book is filling up quickly.

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