I don’t know about you, but as soon as I found out that I was pregnant with Amy, I became more aware of all the bad things that happen in the world. The wars, the hunger, the poor sanitary conditions that millions of people have to suffer under and the crimes – small or big.
Before my pregnancy, I lived in this big pink bubble and I felt invincible. Throughout my entire life, I never had to suffer from anything even remotely devastating and my childhood was what you would call very protected. I grew up in a small town, went to the local primary school and had the same friends until I went to off to uni – 25 minutes away. Everyone knew everyone and everybody looked after another
By the time I was pregnant, I had moved not only towns, but countries. From a little 8.000 inhabitants town in the north of Germany to multicultural Bristol. Suddenly, I experience crimes in my neighbourhood, heard about murder close by and got to know people that struggled – financially and emotionally. People that had no perspective in life, despite people trying to help them.
I suddenly asked myself, why oh why was I putting a baby into this world? An innocent, vulnerable little being exposed to so much misery and do you know what? I promised myself that I would do everything possible to ensure that Amy and her generation have a life filled with health and happiness – in the UK, in Europe and all over the world.
I’m not a millionaire, but I try my best whenever I can. I support different charitable courses, try not to be wasteful and recycle. The most important thing for me though is to teach Amy to be a good person: to share, support and be there for her friends and family when they need help. I truly believe that you can make a big change by making small changes in your day to day life.
Someone who will make a change on a much bigger scale is Unilever, who have started a new initiative called Project Sunlight. Project Sunlight aims to motivate millions of people like you and me to make a change in their life and adopt a more sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle by following a simple three step programme: see into a brighter future, act and do small things that make a difference and join communities and initiatives that aim to create a better world – locally or globally.
To celebrate the start of their campaign and Universal World Children’s Day, Unilever will make a donation that will help change the lives of 2 million children on 20th November. If you want to find out more about Project Sunlight, check out the official website of the campaign here or use the hashtag #brightfuture when chatting about it on Facebook or other social media channels. First of all, make sure to watch this video though. It sends a very strong message:
Disclosure: This video was sponsored by Unilever, but all words are my own and something that I have truly felt when becoming a mum.