Today is International Women’s Day and to celebrate this I would like to tell you about two wonderful organizations that I have been supporting for years. The first is Women for Women. In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, they are able to create sustainable change for themselves, their families, and communities. Over the years I have sponsored 5 women in Africa, by doing this they were able to follow a yearlong training program that have given them the skills to support their families and transform their lives. If you’d like to become a sponsor and change someone’s live, you can find more information here on the Women for Women website.
I have not been feeling well for a while and last week I was diagnosed with a severe pneumonia. Although I feel a bit better, I have to take it very easy and recovery will take a while. Therefor there will be no posts this week. Hopefully I can resume blogging next week, although it will be not as often as usual.
In the mean time I would to tell you about a wonderful initiative started in my village. As many of you might know there is huge humanitarian crisis going on in Europe. Every day thousands of refugees from war torn countries arrive on the shores of Greece. People (often families with babies and small children) arrive cold & wet without shoes, socks, warm clothes, medicines etc. They are in desperate need of help but most European Governments are doing little and for some reason official NGO’s are often absent. Help mostly comes from private initiatives. One of these initiatives is WeDO, started by four women in our villages. In two weeks time they will travel to the Greek island of Lesvos to bring thermo socks, medicines, emergency blankets, hats, underwear and rain coats. On the island they will buy food and will help as much people as they can. Medical help will be provided as well as one of the woman is a doctor. Travel costs are paid from private funds but donations are needed to be able to offer as much help as possible.
If you’d like to help (please!) you can make a donation through Paypal. All donations are welcome! For a few dollars/euro’s blankets, socks, water etc can be bought. In the left side bar on the WeDO facebook page you can find a (yellow) Paypal donate button. Click on that and then click on the yellow ‘doneren’ button that will follow on the next page.
I end this post with a quote from Fred Rogers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
I have mentioned it before, a (preferably vintage) rug is one on the best items you can get for adding character and warmth to a room. Pink Rug Co is a great source for vintage Moroccan rugs. In this Etsy shop a large, hand-selected collection of Boucherouite and Beni Ourain is offered. And I have some great news: Pink Rug Co is giving away one beautiful rug to a reader of The Style Files. To win this giveaway, simply:
- follow Pink Rug Co.’s really pretty Pinterest profile;
- from the Pink Rug Co. Pinterest board “PRC MOROCCAN RUGS!” pin your favorite Pink Rug Co. rug;
- comment below, and tell us that you’ve followed along, and which rug you love at Pink Rug Co (only the name of the rug, not the link as your comment can then be regarded as spam);
- the winner can pick a rug from a selection of thirteen rugs which are featured at the end of this post.
Please comment by Monday, June 15, 12pm CET and make sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website. This giveaway is worldwide! We’ll announce a winner selected by a random number generator here on The Style Files in the week of June 20th, so be sure and follow along. Note: please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes.
Tonight our 4 month old adopted puppy Lola will arrive from Spain where she was rescued by a wonderful organisation. If she had not been rescued she probably would have ended up in a killing station. For weeks (we are first time dog owners!) we have been preparing her arrival by purchasing the necessary gear. It was difficult to find a comfortable dog bed that fitted well into our interiors. We finally found a wooden bed with a soft cushion (you can see a photo of it here) but I also love these bright colored ones from Pooccio. This Australian label, launched by Melbourne based sisters Sisters Hannah Maher and Sarah, has a beautiful collection of handcrafted dog beds and accessories that are exclusive and stylish yet meet the everyday demands of the contented pooch and their discerning owner. The beautiful dog beds features colourful mixed prints with contrasting piping. If you, like me, are a textile lover you will certainly appreciate these cushions (even when you don’t have dogs..)!