Monday, May 18, 2009

You’re a poet and don’t know it!

Write a poem and make a difference in a mother or child’s life today
Write three for a contest with a difference.

Language is central to children’s intellectual, social and emotional growth, and is seen as a key element of the curriculum for students in grades one through eight
Literacy is the magic key to alleviating poverty.

One of the news highlights in South Africa this week end was of children walking up to 50 Km’s to attend school!

That kind of dedication needs to be rewarded

Poets Fighting Poverty

Dalenco was created from a need to provide employment for the disadvantaged.

DALENCO manufactures place mats of distinction, specializing in African themes. We currently have the following four categories available: Wildlife (large and small); African birds; Ethnic and Tribal prints; and Flora designs.
We have more than 20 different themes to select from, and each theme has between four and eight patterns. Some patterns can be combined to make up sets of 12.
All our place mats are made up of three layers of fabric: The top and bottom layers are of 100% cotton, the middle layer of a high quality compressed batting to ensure insulation, which means they can also be used as pot holders, and it keeps it firmness even after washing.

Dalenco is proud to launch a poetry competition. This is not a vanity publishing competition. It is a straight forward competition with a first prize of $500.00 (US), second prize $250.00 (US) third prize $125.00(US). The competition is being launched to raise funds for two projects we are passionate about.

Literacy and vulnerable children in communities.

The competition has a reading fee of $15.00 for three poems.
Use the paypal button to your right.

Poems can be submitted to
Click Here

Closing Date 15th June 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Can You Sign Your Name?

According to the National Institute For Literacy, 113 million children around the world have no access to primary education. This number continues to grow. All too often I take for granted the gift of reading and writing, (though I might question the gift of writing.) I forget there are millions who can’t even read. I was rudely reminded of this fact when standing in the queue at the Port Shepstone post office. There was a black woman about my age already being helped at the counter, the post office worker was reading a letter to her, helping with the filling in of forms, and when the woman signed, she pressed her thumb onto an ink pad pressed hard on the form, then gave it back. Most of us sign our names several times a day without giving it a second thought.

Though sterling work is being done in the bigger centers, the averages for learners completing the courses are low. Courses need to be tailored to for students to experience the benefits from the outset, and not focused on getting them diplomas. Practical application in their daily lives, presented in an exciting and fun manner. Reaching people in remote rural areas is where the challenge lies. It is here where children often walk hours to get to school. It is also here where there are children looking after children. It is also here where we want to make a difference, a meaningful difference.

Dalenco is proud to launch a poetry competition. This is not a vanity publishing competition. It is a straight forward competition with a first prize of $500.00 (US), second prize $250.00 (US) third prize $125.00(US). The competition is being launched to raise funds for two projects we are passionate about.

Literacy and vulnerable children in communities.

The competition has a reading fee of $15.00 for three poems.
Use the paypal button to your right.

Poems can be submitted to
Click Here

Closing Date 15th June 2009

Your support helps to support this section of the community; we would like to thank you for your support!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Poets Fighting Poverty

Dalenco was created from a need to provide employment for the disadvantaged.

DALENCO manufactures place mats of distinction, specializing in African themes. We currently have the following four categories available: Wildlife (large and small); African birds; Ethnic and Tribal prints; and Flora designs.
We have more than 20 different themes to select from, and each theme has between four and eight patterns. Some patterns can be combined to make up sets of 12.
All our place mats are made up of three layers of fabric: The top and bottom layers are of 100% cotton, the middle layer of a high quality compressed batting to ensure insulation, which means they can also be used as pot holders, and it keeps it firmness even after washing.

DALENCO IS PROUD TO LAUNCH A POETRY COMPETITION. This is not a vanity publishing competition, but it is a straight forward competition with a first prize of $500.00 (US), second prize $250.00 (US) third prize $125.00(US). The competition is being launched to raise funds for two projects we are passionate about: Literacy and vulnerable children in communities.

The competition has a reading fee of $15.00 for three poems.
Use the Paypal button to your right.

Poems can be submitted to
Click Here

Closing Date: 15 June 2009

Your support helps to support this section of the community; we would like to thank you for your support!

Over the past few months the world has been hit by one crisis after another, to the point where we become immune to what is happening around us. Only when the fall out comes right up into our faces are we shocked. Only then are we forced to look not only around us but into ourselves, our values and examine them. I was surprised at just how insulated I had become.

In November last year I received an email from a well known organization, it was a wish list for an orphanage. The wish list was in an excel attachment, and my first instinct was to delete the message without opening the attachment.

Reading the attachment I was humbled, it was from an orphanage, one I knew well. A small kid wanted a toy spade and wheelbarrow. A 12 year old girl wanted a T-shirt, "high school musical" if possible. Some other teenage girls wanted toiletries, deodorants, “Goodies that help us smell nice”. Some requests were for stationary, pens and paper. Most of the wishes were for Bibles.

Being involved in community projects has brought home to me the harsh realities of the affect of AIDS on children, more so those who aren’t in orphanages. There the requests were even more basic food and education - the chance to learn.

The AIDS epidemic in Africa is affecting children in many harmful ways, making them vulnerable, leaving them orphaned and threatening their survival. In the most affected regions children are missing out on what they need for survival, growth and development. EDUCATION !!

Almost eight million people of 15 years and above in South Africa are illiterate. We believe illiteracy is the starting point for dealing with poverty and unemployment. There can be no adequate economic prosperity without education, skills and literacy. Without the necessary skills it is next to impossible to create or to encourage entrepreneurship!

Each one of us can make a difference, if we become involved.

BECOME INVOLVED AND HELP TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

For placemats prices enquire here .

Monday, February 4, 2008

AFTER THE CRASH

Taking dreams off the shelf,
wiping off the settled dust
repairing wounded parts of myself;
disillusion baking a hard crust;
an armour of protection,
sealing blocking my trust.
Looking at old stillborn dreams,
scars not only renewing pain,
also the zest of lifestreams
the vibrance of being born again
releasing pent up inner screams
numbed by shackled restrain.
Marking off different stages
pivotal points clear and stark,
some clouded by varying ages,
others half forgotten in the dark,
a few scribbled on a page,
delicately folded into a bookmark.
From brimming bubbling success,
to stumbling bumbling tripping failure,
all parts are more or less
that which helps me to endure,
when all seems a random mess
in a discordant overture.


Friday, December 21, 2007

FINDING WAYS TO SAY

There are unknown paths to explore,
undiscovered hidden thoughts to analyse,
to show me ways to love you more,
to get me to stop and realise
for our love to sail the storms,
come through them stronger
cant or wont be found in prescribed forms,
or the obsession to conquer.

Maybe I could try to make a start,
by learning to listen,
to words whispered from the heart,
or wipe your tears that glisten;
place your needs above mine,
discover your one secret desire,
nurture your talent for it to shine
a bright beacon of hope amidst the mire.

Show my love through my actions,
and stop trying to remould;
and destroying what was the attraction,
rather allow that truth to unfold,
by being close to you in laughter and tears,
not allowing us to become strangers,
by embracing my own fears,
and illusions of unreal dangers.

All said and done,
words strung together,
there are still only three
which I can say,
and they don't say it all.
"I LOVE YOU"

Saturday, December 8, 2007

HIGHWAY MINISTRY

This poem is dedicated to "Highway Ministry" - a ministry directed at the trucking industry. Highway ministry is a non-profit organization providing support services, dealing with problems such as alcohol, drug abuse, AIDS/HIV, marital discord and prostitution, to mention a few, as well as a "Highway Prayer Patrol."

If you are going somewhere,
along these roads we share,
to be safe enough to get there,
start the journey in prayer;
and along the way show you care,
by stopping now and then to share.

As we travel be it on the busy highways,
or off the beaten track along quiet byways;
or wherever our hearts yearn to stray,
or when our tempers start to fray;
and the horison appears bleak and grey,
lets take time to stop and pray.

When 'tis time to return home,
digital memories of where we roamed;
of the endless beaches we combed,
of things lost and found in swirling foam;
from crashing waves washing away sand domes,
it will still be great to get back home.

For those kneeling in prayer every hour,
standing steadfast in their watchtowers;
through the darkened storm showers,
praying for us to have the inner power
and guidance to be empowered;
not to become an accidental statistic for that hour.

Please visit
http://stanaxecom.blogspot.com/

And see the work that is being done by "Highway Ministry'
and how you can make a difference.

Thanks Stan.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

TURNING THE TIDE

"There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures."
William Shakespeare
1564-1616.

Amidst the idyllic isles,
from whence they will begin informing,
of the drastic changing lifestyles,
with the effect of global warming.
In this panoramic tranquil setting,
set on a path to paradise lost,
it would be to easy to start forgetting,
of bridges needed to be crossed;
that the effects of global warming,
like a cancer silently eroded,
its far reaching tentacles started forming,
the ground for the isles to be unloaded,
a second Atlantis about to be born;
Ordained seasons breaking from traditions,
shall all be lost before we mourn,
we could have halted the emissions.
Rain has formed mighty canyons,
with the power of one drop at a time,
so too can millions of companions;
standing as one reach the sublime.
If you care for the ground,
which you are standing upon.
If you want your voice to resound,
and help carry the baton.
Sign the AVAAZ petition,
help stop the emission.

http://www.avaaz.org