I asked for help
He gave me strength to help others
I asked for guidance
He gave me prayers to light my path
I asked for peace
He gave me His words to find answers
I asked for justice
He gave me patience to place my trust in Him
I asked for happiness
He gave me a heart to be able to forgive others

Written by: Noor Reflection
http://www.reflectionsinateacup.com
@rinateacup

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Gifts for Rohingya Refugees

I am creating this blog post today to bring maximum awareness to the crisis, challenges, hardships faced by Rohingya Refugees. We must never forget the greatest tragedy of all time that happened in the face of Tula Toli Massacre where thousands and thousands innocent lives were mutilated in the name of heinous crime known as ethnic cleansing. No words can ever describe the pain and suffering of Rohingya Refugees. Today they need our support in any shape and form from all around the world. We should come forward as a humanity and embrace this most persecuted nation of the world. They deserve to have their human rights and a secure place to which they can call home.

Today many NGOs are coming forward and are providing initiatives for Rohingya Refugees to restore their lives. One such UK based organization is called Hands4Rohingya that have undertaken and worked very closely with Rohingya Refugees in the camps.

Testimony Tailors is a sewing cooperation, which is one of the many projects overseen and run by Hands4Rohingya charity organization. Rohingya Refugees who have been survivors of rape and genocide run Testimony Tailors. These courageous women are trying their best to create cycle of work by sewing clothes for kids and women and giving them as a gift to another Rohingya refugee in the camp.

This is my second blog post that I wanted to do to once again create awareness around this humanitarian project. We all can play our part of spreading the word about Testimony Tailors by re-blogging this blog post, so Testimony Tailors can get maximum exposure on social media. Even one donation towards the gift item will help them tremendously. Change does not happen overnight. It is a constant process and a struggle. Most of us have the gift of writing. Today we can show the world the power of pen and contribute towards greater good.

I am providing the links below for Testimony Tailors. Please click on the link and read the “About” session to gain more awareness and details about the project. There is also a short documentary video made by Shafiur Rahman in the “About” session that shows horrific stories of these survivors.

I would strongly encourage and request my followers, fellow bloggers to please re-blog this appeal on their websites for even a day to create awareness. I would request my readers to share this post on their Facebook to bring attention towards the most persecuted people of the world.

Links for Testimony Tailors:

https://testimonytailors.com/

Blog Post written by Noor Reflection with permission from Jamila Hanan.

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#rohingya #refugees #genocide #testimonytailors #Hands4Rohingya #humanity #humanitarian

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Support Sierra Leone Medical Mission

At times we tend to forget to count our blessings and get pulled down by our worries and problems that we over look those who are in desperate need of our help in any shape and form. 

Recently on twitter, I have started to follow @medglobalorg and one of the doctors Naveed @seditious_medic. With some research I have gathered understanding around their medical mission to provide free healthcare to the refuges and needy in disaster zones.  

Today, I am writing this post to help their team get donations for their medical mission leaving for Sierra Leone in few days. 

I am guilty to accept myself that I never knew about Sierra Leone until I saw a tweet from Doctor Naveed that was a call for help to support their medical mission. 

My curiosity led me to read about Sierra Leone on the internet. Below are some of the facts that I have gathered from various websites about this country:

  1. Sierra Leone remains among the world’s poorest countries, ranking 180th out of 187 countries in the Human Development Index in 2011. (Wikipedia)
  2. Most deaths within the country are attributed to nutritional deficiencies, lack of access to clean water, pneumonia, diarrheal diseases, anemia, malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.  (Wikipedia)
  3. Sierra Leone’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2011 was $2 billion. The World Bank estimate gross national income (GNI) per capita for Sierra Leone is $340. This translates to over 72 percent of the population living on less than $1 per day, in extreme poverty.  (Wikipedia)

 

MedGlobal is travelling to Sierra Leone this November 2018 to deliver free healthcare in hospitals and community clinics. Click on the following link to donate directly to support this great cause:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/naveed-2?utm_id=60&utm_term=4EvQEre83

Please do share this post and link with family and friends to raise awareness around this great humanitarian work.

 

Noor Reflection

http://www.reflectionsinateacup.com

@rinateacup

 

#borgenmagazine #sierraleone #donations #humanitarian #disasterzone #medicalmission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling a pre-owned car

It struck me to write this post while I was updating the sale listing for my current car. I decided to share my experiences in this post that I gathered from selling cars for my other family members. The steps and process listed in this post are in conjunction with Canadian laws.

For some, selling a pre-owned car is a scary process. It could be if you are not prepared and upfront about your car. Remember it is not about getting the higher price for your car but it is also about maintaining a positive relationship with a buyer. To make it simple do your research, clean your car, fix your car, price it right, follow the law and prepare your best sales pitch. You are all set to sell.

Below are the steps that I take when I am selling a pre-owned car and that I will recommend to other sellers:

  1. Familiarize yourself with you car features that are popular in the market. This includes any special factory upgrades or add ons. This knowledge comes in handy when you are pricing your car for sale. It also gives you an opportunity to describe your car to a potential buyer and to support your price.
  2. Before putting your car up for sale, invest in getting a detail cleaning done. If you have time and resources, make sure to thoroughly clean and sanitize your car both from inside and outside.
  3. Make sure that the exterior of the car is well maintained and there are no visible scratches, dent or other minor/ major body work.
  4. If the car requires some body work you can either get it done your self by buying and following a maintenance kit or you can get it done at an auto body workshop. Make sure to negotiate on the price and explain to them that the car is up for sale. You want a good job done but not too expensive and get unnecessary add ons.
  5. Make sure to tell the mechanic that car is up for sale. Some times advertisement through word of mouth also helps in the sale of a car.
  6. In Canada, by law the seller has to provide buyer with a Buyer’s Registration guide. Make sure to have that handy before you put the car up for sale as the guide lists history of a vehicle and also provides with a price range.
  7. Having a safety inspection report for the car helps tremendously in getting a higher price for the car. Make sure to get the inspection done from a reputable auto workshop as they make sure to check everything. The major requirement to pass the safety inspection is to have good set of tires all same, brake system is up to date and fully functional.
  8. Don’t cheat on your car mileage by getting it reversed as it is a crime and most cars these days have a built in way to detect this fraud. Be honest and upfront about your car mileage and prices it accordingly.
  9. Do your research in the market by checking the Auto Trader tool to price your car. Make sure to also check independent dealerships for a similar car and the price they are listed for. This research will allow you to come up with a competitive, fair market price of your car that will attract buyers.
  10. Make sure to address every offer you get on your car. Some offers will be very low but instead of directly saying NO, try to work it out with a buyer. A serious buyer will work with you to come close to your listed price.
  11. Make sure not to include your full address on the listing as it will expose you to potential safety concerns. List your phone number and postal code only that will allow buyers to have an idea about your area. Make sure you indicate if you accept text messages or not.
  12. Screen out buyers before test drive. This means make sure you get full name of the person, city they are coming from. Make sure to give appointments for test drive only in the day time and when you have friends or family members around to keep your safety and security in check first.
  13. Be prepared that the buyer will check the engine of the car. Familiarize yourself of type of oil change car requires , last time oil got checked and the life cycle of the belt.
  14. Make sure to set an area for test drive. Don’t take the buyer too far away, stay within a safe distance.

Websites to be considered to list your car for sale:

  1. www.kijiji.ca
  2. www.autotrader.ca
  3. www.craiglist.com
  4. Market Place on www.facebook.com

 

I hope some of these steps are helpful in your next car selling process. Please leave a comment if you have any questions for me to answer.

 

Happy Selling

Personal experience shared by Noor Reflection

http://www.reflectionsinateacup.com

@rinateacup

 

 

 

You held my hand when my heart trembled

You lifted my soul when I lost meaning in my life

You guided me when I could not find my way

You held me in your arms when I cried

You cheered me up when I forgot how to smile

You encouraged me to fight when I lost hope

You loved me when I forgot how to love myself

Without you there would not have been me.

Noor Reflection
http://www.Reflectionsinateacup.com
@Rinateacup