Wednesday, September 2, 2009

E is for Education

Education is something I am very passionate about and believe everyone deserves the chance to learn. Empowerment comes from feeding your mind with knowledge, and this is something that no one can ever take from you. In this great big world, there are children who are not given the opportunity to learn, and if they are, the conditions of their school is less than worthy.

Recently, I discovered the Traveling Mama blog. It is authored by Tina, who lives in Morocco with her beautiful family. She is very creative, and along with her talented photographer husband, Jack, they have opened up an Etsy shop. This may sound like many other great stories you have heard before in regards to artists, etsy, and travel, but this one is different. You see, Tina and Jack (and their Traveling Tribe), are donating 100% of their Etsy profits to go towards purchasing paint, books, art supplies and more for a school in Morocco. You can read more about this amazing 'tale of a school' here and here. They are using their artistic talents to make a difference in this world and to give others a chance to learn. I am humbled by their goodness and gracious hearts.

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
~Nelson Mandela




[Photographs by
Jack Fussell]

47 comments:

  1. Good morning - I just had to stop by and leave you a note because you have the most wonderfully fabulous blog. I've loved reading your interesting posts, all very creative and great pictures too. What could be more perfect ? Thanks for sharing them all and best wishes...

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  2. Hi... I just discovered your blog and I feel so small writing on it! This is so big and beautiful:)
    You are right about education, and that story is so beautiful... I will check it out.
    Thanks for sharing and love from Madrid:)

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  3. How true this is Mel!
    Thanks for sharing, will visit their shop.

    Also thanks for participating in the September kindness question on my blog, you rock!

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  4. What a wonderful post. Thank you so much for the introduction to this fabulous duo. I look forward to checking out both their blog and Etsy shop.

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  5. Thanks for introducing them..and you are right, education is so important. I am looking at my life and realizing that all the good things happenend because of the education I got.

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  6. I so much agree with you and Bravo for the two at TMB!!!

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  7. What a tremendous idea, truly heartwarming. Education is freedom. Good on you for highlighting them and passing it on.

    Love the pictures too Mel,
    xoxo

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  8. Great post Mel....I will check them out now :)

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  9. Yes, yes, yes. What amazing people and what a fantastic idea. Thanks for introducing us to their store! Big hugs, G

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  10. can't wait to check out their site!! I feel exactly the same way about education!! almost nothing is more important - it gives freedom, self-confidence, skills, purpose, passion. thanks for such a great post.

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  11. great blog. great people in deed! thanks for sharing!

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  12. that is so awesome! what a great duo and a great cause.

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  13. thank you for sharing this. Isn't it amazing how education is so cherished in other countries where in America we seem to take it for granted? Bravo to this couple and family.

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  14. Wow...as a teacher and a mom I am so excited to learn more about this amazing couple..I am off to check out the links you have given us..these types of storys make my heart sing...what a blessing ....your quote is one of my favourites...we are so so blessed that our children have been given the gift of an education!

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  15. thats amazing. Kudos to her. Education is very important to me too & it's a shame how schools downsize so much on supplies. Thats a wonderful thing that lady is doing.

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  16. Thank you for sharing this wonderful couple with us..I'll head over and support their great cause. This is something that I think about a lot. My children go to a private school and I find it absolutely ridiculous that one needs to pay that kind of money to educate a child and others can't receive the same education and perks!! It actually turns my stomach..
    thanks for this very important post Mel.
    Bunny

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  17. These people are truly angels!
    -M

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  18. wow, that's pretty amazing. i'm definitely going to check out the shop now. thank you melissa!

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  19. What a great cause. Love her blog and Etsy shop. going to follow on twitter.

    Btw, loved hearing about your special T yesterday! That made me smile.

    Have a lovely day! xoxo

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  20. Having problems getting the comment up but wanted to say good for you for showcasing this wonderful cause. x

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  21. this is such a good idea, and i am racing over to check out the shop. :)

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  22. thanks for the introduction to these wonderful people and blog !!! that's awesome !!!

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  23. I wholeheartedly agree with you. Thanks so much for introducing me to this beautiful shop and wonderful cause!

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  24. Great shop. Great cause! Thanks for sharing. I hopped right over there and snatched up a set of lovely postcards. Can't wait to frame them and hang them up in my home!

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  25. That is so awesome that they are wanting to make a difference. 100%?!!! That's so admirable and inspiring.

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  26. That is so amazing and inspiring. Her shop is so lovely!!

    BTW: I am doing a giveaway on my Lovely Clusters blog and we are giving away a cami dress from Plum Pretty Sugar!
    http://lovelyclusters.blogspot.com/2009/08/giveaway-from-plum-pretty-sugar.html

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  27. 100% is rare and noble, indeed! Off to take a peek. :)

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  28. I love that quote from Nelson Mandela :)

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  29. What an incredible project! Such generosity!

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  30. What a great quote by Mandela... Education really IS the most powerful weapon. It kills me that in many places, girls do not have access to education.
    Thank you for this beautiful and moving post.

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  31. So wonderful...Big Cheers to this gracious & generous couple!
    It's certainly better to give than to receive!
    Education always opens up different & endless possibilities! Thank you Mel, must check out the links. XO*

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  32. What a great cause, i have to go check out their etsy shop!

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  33. YES!

    As a Moroccan-American, I clearly support any efforts to raise awareness of education in that country...or any other place, for that matter.

    Thank you, thank you for posting this--education is the key for all our problems.

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  34. On my way right over to have a look! x

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  35. I am so thankful for this post and for my education. My Grandmother, she had a 3rd grade education and raised 9 glorious children and ran a farm.
    She could cook, clean and pray like nobody else. She worked well into her 90's and much of what she did, she did with common sense and lots of love. Each Christmas, I received and envelope with $2 - a $2 bill. I really should frame one. I agree that education is wonderful, but several months ago - there was a wonderful article on the "dumbing down" of America. I think we need to re-evaluate education....and go back to more common sense and self actualization!

    My Father-in-law on the other hand, highly educated always reminds me that no-one can take away your education....but we seem to be doing that in our schools...more and more cutbacks for larger parking lots and state of the art smart boards and computers? We need to focus on teachers. See what you started!!!!
    pve

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  36. What a fantastic cause and how lovely of you to shine light on it.

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  37. Thank you Mel! I am going to go check it out :)

    Have a great day!

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  38. Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog! So glad you said hi - I might not have found yours and added it to my reader if you hadn't!
    And this is a wonderfully inspiring post! Off to visit their shop now. :)

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  39. I love your blog and I am trying to follow the traveling mama as my dad is Moroccan and we love that history in the house.

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  40. What an amazing find... thanks for posting their shop, and putting the focus on education right where it should always be.

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  41. Thank you, I will check it out. Also, have you ever read My Marrakesh (http://moroccanmaryam.typepad.com/). Not so altruistic but beautiful stuff by an artist/mom/inn keeper/dreamer living in Morocco.

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  42. this is beautiful and amazing, so kind. thank you for sharing!

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  43. This is simply wonderful, Melissa. Thank you so much for highlighting something so important.

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  44. Wow this gave me goosebumps....Beautiful story. I need to look into this immediately. :)

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