Toms One for One

I had an eye-opening experience at the Tom’s store in Dubai Mall. I always knew that Toms were comfy and cute but I had no idea about One for One. Did you know that for every purchase of Toms shoes you make, a child in South or Central America receives a pair of shoes.

Having lived in Peru the video of the Peruvian children receiving shoes from the Tom’s employees brought back warm memories. We often take the simplest things for granted, to us shoes are a commodity but in many parts of the world shoes are a luxury. Blake Mycoskie the founder of Toms had the fantastic idea, A simple idea that has grown into a global movement: TOMS Shoes has provided over 60 million pairs of shoes to children since 2006, TOMS Eyewear has restored sight to over 400,000 since 2011 and TOMS Roasting Company has helped provide over 335,000 weeks of safe water since launching in 2014. In 2015, TOMS Bag Collection was founded with the mission to help provide training for skilled birth attendants and distribute birth kits containing items that help a woman safely deliver her baby. As of 2016, TOMS has supported safe birth services for over 25,000 mothers.

So next time you make a Tom’s purchase, you should be aware that your money is helping someone in need 🙂 I love my customised Toms, they painted Llamas on them for me as a little symbol of Peru ❤

 

The Purpose of Ramadan

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So we’re already a week into Ramadan, Its flying by! I started fasting when I was 8 or 9, at that time I had no idea why I was fasting I just did it because my older brother and my cousins used to. Many muslims grow up fasting but what I find surprising is that a lot of muslims don’t know why they are fasting as adults. I guess its like religion, sometimes your born into a religion and you don’t really know much about it but your just labelled that religion. I think beliefs are fundamental to who you are and blind faith is very ignorant. Do things because you believe and understand them. I was listening to the radio in the car last night, an Arabic singer said, “I come to Dubai for Ramadan because its fun and Ramadan is all about enjoying yourself and having good food with family and friends” I was shocked!

The purpose of Ramadan is to rid us of bad habits that we accumulate throughout the year, its a spiritual detox. It is supposed to prepare you for the next 11 months by practicing discipline and self control. There are many things forbidden during daylight hours and eating and drinking are just two of them. Allah gave humans all sorts of desires that are usually permissiable however if you can control those during this month it will strengthen your will power which should in turn allow you to control yourself from doing things that are forbidden (haraam) in the remaining months.

This month is very fruitful for muslims, rewards are abundant through worship and self control. In this month we are given many opportunities to reform ourselves and seek forgiveness for our bad sins. This is a month of reformation and self reflection, where a believer can ponder over spirituality and piety and bring a change for the better. The Prophet of Allah صلي الله عليه و سلم has clearly stated:

مَنْ لَمْ يَدَعْ قَوْلَ الزُّورِ وَالْعَمَلَ بِهِ فَلَيْسَ لِلَّهِ حَاجَةٌ فِي أَنْ يَدَعَ طَعَامَهُ وَشَرَابَهُ
“Whoever does not give up lying and evil actions, then Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink” [Saheeh al-Bukhari]

Basically if you just starve yourself from sunrise to sunset it is unneccessary unless you understand why and pair this with working towards being a better person. Its about purifying your mind and soul as well as your body.

In summary, the month of Ramadan is about self reflection and changing yourself for the better. Its also about how you can contribute positively to the human race, it is obligatory to give to charity during this month. I find myself thinking a lot about people in need, when I’m fasting and I get hungry or thirsty I think of those people who have been starving for days on end and I feel selfish for even feeling hunger or thirst. I think of what I can do to help. As well as giving the needy money or food I send them prayers and positive energy everyday, I pray for them to find strength, for Allah to make there suffering bearable and I pray that those blessed with abundance share some of their wealth. This month is about worship, asking forgiveness for sins and seeking guidance to follow a path that will lead you to a better future in this life and the next.

Wishing you a blessed Ramadan,

Zohra x

 

 

Freerice.com

  • 1 right = 10 grains
  • 5 right = 50 grains
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Zizzle just stumbled upon an amazing website which we would love to support and spread the word about! Freerice.com features a wordgame which you play and for each correct answer they donate 10 grains of rice to starving people through the world food programme! we just donated at least a bowl…and yesterday alone players generated a total of 12834320 rice grains!! How is this possible? This is possible due to the generosity of sponsors and advertisers money on the site. If you are ever having a dull office moment, or bored at home or simply procrastinating play the word game and make a difference in the world!

The site also provides children with a free education, they say:

“Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your education can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself.

Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide.”

We LOVE it! Tell all your friends, lets feed the world CLICK HERE 🙂

Zohra x

Diary Extract – New York Performance Day 20/10/11

Hey!

So I woke up with this calmness lingering in the air which was soooooo scary for some reason. I didn’t like that my butterflies had fluttered away and everything was in place! I had no idea what I should be doing so me and my brother decided to go shopping and get some lunch. When we left the hotel I suddenly remembered I had lots of little things to get so it became a mad rush and it was raining hard so it was just horrible walking around.

We got back to the hotel at about 4pm leaving me 3 hours to get ready. I plugged in my hairdryer and straighteners into my converter and flicked the switch…nothing! No little flashing red light, no heat, no nothing….THEY WEREN’T WORKING!! So my phone charger, laptop and camera charger works here but the most important things don’t. Cue the butterflies, the butterflies were having a party in my stomach and I was running around trying to find a way, calling people, front desk ANYONE but it just wern’t happening. My hair is not my friend, it never does what I want it to even with my tools so what was I gonna do now? I just put some product in it and backcombed it so the wildness looked like it was supposed to be there….o gawdddd. All the press were gonna be there, CNN, Music channels..everyone important and I realised I will probably be known as “the girl with the bad hair”. All the fears suddenly surfaced, the negative thoughts just spiralled and I was asking myself whether people would just talk over me when I sang, whether I would fall because everyone kept telling me I shouldnt wear the 7 inch Kurt Geigers because of the safety hazard they pose, whether when I spoke to the audience they would react, whether they would boo me offstage, whether they would understand my English accent and I would get sent home like Cheryl Cole haha.

We walked into the venue and the press were taking pics of all these people on the red carpet, this woman stood there and the press went wild so I asked someone who she is and she was the owner of Calvin Klein apparantly…silly me..I thought that would be Calvin Klein lol. The bar was rammed, people were taking advantage of the open bar and I relaxed a little knowing that would probably work to my advantage because I imagined a sit down event where people were quiet and poised and that was scary to think I’d be singing and these people would just be deadly silent watching me. I was gonna finish the show after Pras and Wyclef, someone came up to me and said, “I heard Wyclefs opening for you” LOLLLLLLL he was supposed to hahahaa which I find hilarious but apparantly he had better things to do because he never showed up which was really disappointing but hey ho. So Pras showed his film and did a speech, his father passed away in the morning and he still came to support Haiti which I thought was really amazing. Then I was introduced by Ines Ferre from CNN and she explained that I’d come from London just for this event and everyone started cheering and were really welcoming. So I sang Who You Are by Jessie J and they all listened and swayed and I got them to sing the chorus with me. There’s a really long instrumental break so I spoke to them in that time asked if they were enjoying themselves and they went wild and reminded them why we’re here and that if we all contribute we can make Haiti a brighter place and they seemed really engaged which was great. Afterwards many people came up to me and said they really enjoyed it and I was SOOOOOOOOOO happy 🙂 I’m really glad I came here and I hope I get more amazing opportunities like this one. I had my moment on the red carpet, it was blinding and I was scared to step onto it coz they are all just standing in a line waiting but once I was there it was really fun haha I gave them a few twirls, I felt quite at home hahaha.

Thank You ALL for your support, messages and luck 🙂 I really appreciate it!!!!!

I’m off now, byeeeee xxx