I have my friend Laura's blog on Google reader list. She posted recently about a business she found online to get Iraqi children heart surgeries by selling unique shoes handmade in Iraq. They work with an organization that sends non-Israeli children to good doctors in Israel or Jordan who give them the surgery they need. That not only gives them what they physically need but it works toward breaking down walls between the nations.
You can find the shoe store here: http://buyshoessavelives.com/. (I tried to put a link at the top of my sidebar, but I can't tell if it's working or not because of internet issues.)
Lately, through different avenues (a significant one being that I've been listening to public radio stories through podcasts on my computer), my heart is being opened to the people of Iraq. (Don't worry, Mom, I don't think I'll go there or anything...or is Iraq less scary...?)
Certainly there are many places in the world that deserve our thoughts and attention. Mostly anything that nudges us out of our complacency is worthwhile. For me, finding this site has given me at least one way to begin to connect with what I am feeling for the people in that part of the world with my life. Even though expensive white (haven't worn white shoes since Keds were the rage in middle school) handmade shoes were not on my top 100 list of things to buy this year, they suddenly are now.