Guest Post: Moms Blog To Save Lives #Ask5for5

Posted by on Aug 19, 2011 | 5 comments

Guest Post: Moms Blog To Save Lives #Ask5for5

We are happy to share with you, our wonderful readers, a guest post by Sarah Lenssen. Aside from our love for writing, we are very much into sharing stories that we hope will help change lives. We believe that helping can be achieved in different ways. You can help by giving your time by volunteering, or by giving a certain amount that you can afford to fund a cause or also by creating awareness by sharing stories on your blogs or by sharing on your favorite social networking sites. Every effort counts. We hope that you will give time to share her story and the cause.

guest blogger: Sarah Lenssen from Ask5for5
photos courtesy of Cate Turton / Dept. for International Development


First, thanks to Marty McPadden and Misty Belardo or collectively known as PodJamTV, for allowing me to post on their blog today! Today, more than 25 bloggers, including this one, are standing with me to Ask 5 for 5 for Africa. Here’s why….

I began pursuing a BIG dream two weeks ago. After deciding I could no longer avoid the news about the famine in the horn of Africa, I had that gut feeling that I couldn’t sit this one out. I HAD to do something because I could. Something bigger than I could do alone. That’s when #Ask5for5 was born.

A malnourished child in an MSF treatment tent in Dolo Ado

Two of my children, Ashen and Bereket, were adopted and are from the region affected by the drought in Ethiopia. They would be two of the statistics if they still lived there. I see my son’s and daughter’s faces in the photos of those suffering in the refugee camps. It could have been him. It could have been her. The thought haunts me.

And moms just like us are watching their children go hungry day after day. I can’t imagine what it’s like, but I have to –I have to be there to help them, because it could have been my children. These families have lost their livestock, their crops, food prices are inflated at the market if there any food there, and don’t have any more lifelines to tap into. Many are traveling hundreds of miles through parched land in hope of finding help. Many are dying along the way. It is estimated that 29,000 children have died in the last 90 days in the famine in Somalia alone.

Malnourished children, weakened by hunger

But I KNOW we can do something about it. Instead of feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed, we can rally ourselves and our friends to respond! I set up a fundraiser through See Your Impact. 100% of your gift will go to the relief and development organization World Vision, where it will be combined with government grants to multiply up to 5 times in impact!

You’ll receive updates on just how your funding is being used to help save lives affected by famine in East Africa. I’m amazed at how much we’ve raised already — over $7,000 in just four days! We blew through our first 3 goals in just 3 days and are well on our way to $10,000 and beyond!

I need you to help me save lives. It’s so so simple; here’s what you need to do:

  1. Donate $5 or more on this page (
  2. Send an email to your friends and ask them to join us.
  3. Share Ask5for5 on Facebook and Twitter, and join our page to stay updated too!

I’m also looking for 100 bloggers to stand with Ask5for5 to spread the word during Social Media week, September 19th – 23rd. If you’re interested, email me, .

Extra food for every child under five

Thanks! Please donate and email your friends right now–don’t wait for a calmer moment, because if you’re like me, other demands inevitably crop up and you won’t get to it. A child’s life hangs in the balance, but you can help save her!

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  • Shari

    So cool! Thank you for sharing Sarah’s inspiring story!!

  • Misty Belardo

    We are so happy to help by spreading the word. Every little thing helps. Thank you Shari for taking time to visit us here =))

  • Marty McPadden

    You’re welcome and thank you Shari!! :-)

  • Lionel Faleiro

    Thank you guys. Always emotional to hear of such inspiring people, their struggles for a better world and a look at their lives.

    Still in tears reading!

  • Marty McPadden

    You’re very welcome Lionel and thank you my friend.