“Why are you doing this to me?”: The anguish of a 6 year old

By Ruth Limkin Warning: the following is hard to read. Don’t plunge into this post without first readying yourself to do so…. Her name is Srey Pov.  When she was 6 years old, she was sold to a brothel. The brothel owners spread her legs apart, tied her naked to a bed, and sold her virginity  to a Western man. Recalling her rape that night, … Continue reading “Why are you doing this to me?”: The anguish of a 6 year old

Why ‘Occupy’ is making the 99% poorer

By Ruth Limkin Last night I sat with a group of business people and we strategised about how to help the poor, and expand programs which are feeding the disadvantaged. It was a great meeting, and I was encouraged at the generosity of people who want to make a tangible difference. The meeting was a part of what I’ve been doing to try to raise … Continue reading Why ‘Occupy’ is making the 99% poorer

Assess needs and resources to avoid making a meal of food crisis

By Ruth Limkin Published in the Courier Mail 23 September 2011 Food: It’s a big topic at the moment. The report of policy being developed by the Opposition, which could lead to a creation of a network of dams, and increased agricultural production in the north of Australia, is heartening news for Australia’s food security future.  At the same time, there’s political turmoil about whether … Continue reading Assess needs and resources to avoid making a meal of food crisis

Why we should make today count

By Ruth Limkin We should make today count. We should use our resources and our freedom to help someone today… to speak for freedom… to wipe a tear… to give to those less fortunate… to share a smile. If you’re a woman, you should do this even more so when you reflect on where you live, and when you remember that if you lived in … Continue reading Why we should make today count

Learning to look

By Ruth Limkin I retweeted. My friends retweeted. People around the world retweeted, and in the process, we helped Alice Pyne get closer to achieving something on her bucket list. Some background, as reported by the Courier Mail, is that  “Alice Pyne, 15, from Ulverston, Cumbria, posted a list of things she would like to do before she died – which included swimming with sharks … Continue reading Learning to look

Hunger that eats away at families

Published in the Courier Mail 29 April 2011 By Ruth Limkin I’ve recently been talking a lot about food, or more precisely, the lack thereof. I had a friendly conversation with a State Parliamentarian about the work of a small charity for which I work. We discussed community statistics in the local area, as well as discussing some of the anecdotal experiences our Community Program … Continue reading Hunger that eats away at families

Where have all the girls gone?

By Ruth Limkin I have recently written about some of the difficulties faced by women in India. However, with the release of the latest census figures in this populous nation, a much darker trend has been revealed. India has a long and terrible history of killing it’s baby girls when they are infants. They are suffocated, poisoned, drowned or left to die. The term for … Continue reading Where have all the girls gone?

Suffer the little children

I don’t know why, but this time it got to me. I often read about a lot of terrible things, as, let’s face it, the world can be a terrible place. But there was something about the research I was doing today that made me want to cry. I was looking at children living in out-of-home care. It’s most usually foster care or kinship care. … Continue reading Suffer the little children

Share a little love with an Aussie charity

By Ruth Limkin The silly season is now behind us, fading quickly from our minds but perhaps not so quickly from our waistlines. As the new year begins, we ‘re hearing much from retailers about their slow Christmas. However, spare a thought for Australian charities, who were likely the big losers last Christmas as Australians indicated they were less likely to make a charitable donation, citing … Continue reading Share a little love with an Aussie charity