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SHARE if you hate RACISM!

Ruby Bridges, the brave little African American girl’s entry into an all-white school on November 14, 1960.

As soon as Bridges entered the school, white parents pulled their own children out; all teachers refused to teach while a black child was enrolled.

Only one person agreed to teach Ruby and that was Barbara Henry, from Boston, Massachusetts, and for over a year Mrs. Henry taught her alone, “as if she were teaching a whole class.”

Every morning, as Bridges walked to school, one woman would threaten to poison her; because of this, the U.S. Marshals dispatched by President Eisenhower, who were overseeing her safety, only allowed Ruby to eat food that she brought from home.

Another woman at the school put a black baby doll in a wooden coffin and protested with it outside the school, a sight that Bridges said “scared me more than the nasty things people screamed at us.”

At her mother’s suggestion, Bridges began to pray on the way to school, which she found provided protection from the comments yelled at her on the daily walks.

Article provided by The National Newspaper

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The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Thank you to Joseph Sauni and the rest of the team for taking care of the Elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Your kindness and the smile on your face after watching this video is so uplifting.

The dedication you have to the Elephants and the rest of the animals at the trust is impressive.

I’m envious, to have relationships with else beautiful creatures must be so rewarding. Keep up the amazing work you all do.

Would love to see more videos of you and your team interacting with your awesome extended family.

Kind regards

Tania Bale

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Absolutely Incredible True Story About a Lioness and Baby Baboon

This is so precious.

Photographer Evan Schiller and Lisa Holzwarth were on a game drive in the northern Botswana’s Selinda area when they came across a big troop of baboons charging through the bush.
"30-40 baboons were heading in our general direction making a lot of noise," Lisa recalls.
The baboons were obviously frightened by something and they all scampered up trees, shouting, alarming, and making a big scene. It quickly became clear what the problem was: two large lionesses came out of the tall grass and rushed the baboons into the trees, soon joined by two more lionesses.
"Between the baboons shrieking and the lionesses communicating with deep guttural roars, it was a mad scene," Lisa says.
But then the real chaos began! One brave baboon descended the dead tree and tried to make a run for it. but got snapped up in the jaws of a lioness.

The lioness grabbed a female baboon on the run. But there was something else there. As the baboon lay dying in the jaws of the lioness, a little baby (less than a month old) slowly disengaged from its mother’s body. Photograph by Evan Schille.

Instinct took over and the baby tried to make a go for a tree, but did not have the strength to climb. At this point the lioness noticed the “little guy” and went over to investigate. Photograph by Evan Schille.

Instead of snapping the baby up in a deadly movement, she started to play with the baboon. Photograph by Evan Schille.

The lioness was inquisitive and gentle at the same time. Photograph by Evan Schille.

After a while she picked up the baboon softly in her mouth and walked away, then settled down with the baby between her paws. Photograph by Evan Schille.

In a strange behavioural twist, the baboon started to try and suckle the lioness. Photograph by Evan Schiller
What happened next blew our minds - the baby, in another instinctual moment, held onto the lioness’ chest and tried to suckle.

Photograph by Evan Schiller

The lioness got distracted-this time by two male lions who arrived on the scene. Their advances, however, were met with aggression by the lioness. Was she defending the baby baboon? Or just uninterested in their mating advances? Photograph by Evan Schiller
Here’s where it gets interesting: Waiting in a nearby tree is a big male baboon, who is obviously intent on saving the baby. The male lions were causing such a ruckus that it presented a short window of opportunity for the brave hero to descend the tree, grab the baby and head back to safety.
The father baboon had to make a move. Holding the baby, in all sorts of contorted positions, he tried numerous times to climb down the tree. He tested the lionesses’ interest with each descent. Photograph by Evan Schiller.

The heroic male baboon, having just saved the baby from the lions, cradled him in his arms. Photograph by Evan Schille.

"I was touched by how gently the father baboon held this little baby who was in tough shape after its ordeal."

Life is fragile and no matter how much we fight to control its outcome, all we can do is live in the moment.”

Thanks to Lisa Holzwarth and Evan Schille for sharing your wonderful experience.


Tania Bale

African Art Online.Com

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Stop the illegal slaughter of Leopards

This is just mind boggling.

I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone in their right mind would get satisfaction from harming these beautiful Leopards.

It really makes my blood boil.

Please sign the petition, it only takes a minute of your time.

We have to speak up, the poor Leopards can’t do it.

Read below it’s disgusting behavior.

Bruce Watson (middle) has killed 109 leopards and 57 lions !!!!

He was born in 1977 and at the age of 18 became the youngest person ever to get a full professional hunter’s license in Zimbabwe. After joining Swanepoel and Scandrol Safaris he guided up to 300 days a year throughout Ethiopia, Cameroon, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. In addition he helped guide clients in Tajikistan, Australia and the Arctic Circle. Cliff has guided clients to over 115 different species of game in Africa, and up to date he has taken 109 leopard and 57 lions. His company, Rifa Safari Area, recently started with Bruce Watson, has one of Zimbabwe’s top areas for the next 10 years.


(Pictured:Cliff Walker, Bruce Watson and Doug Scandrol)

Shame on you so called men.

Please sign the petition.


Tania Bale

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Wall Decor Ideas

There are many reasons why people want to decorate their homes but the end result should be one that is pleasing to your eyes and help you to feel calm, relaxed, and happy.

It’s sometimes overwhelming trying to decide the best look for your home.

Just this last weekend I had the urge to transform my bedroom without breaking the bank.

Here’s the end result, cost $100 dollars.

The paint for the feature wall was the only out going.

I looked around the rest of the house to see what I could pull from other rooms to achieve the look and feel I was trying to create.

Second hand stores, school fairs, garage sales are also a great way to find hidden treasures.



The atmosphere has changed dramatically. It feels calm and inviting.

I was a bit unsure about painting the wall black, but it has given the room a real depth and a mystical feel.

The two paintings hanging under the planter are the first paintings my twins painted when they went to play group. I found some old frames and there you have it.

The other painting hanging above the bed is a unique African painting, that was hanging in a different room. Because of the colors in the painting this blended well with the rest of the decor.

I didn’t want to make the room to girlie either, as I do have to share the room with my husband lol, but he loves it, Phew.

So get inspired and just do it.

Here are a few wall decorating ideas to get your creative mind flowing.

Stunning wall hanging of African pots. Handcrafted in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa.
Soft black velveteen to add a dramatic feel to your home or office.

An unusual unique African Painting.
Hand painted in Dar es Salaam, East Africa.
Hazey Days has a wonderful texture to it.

A stunning vibrant hand made African candle wax batik.
100% cotton.
Lovely framed or unframed.

Children’s Wall Decor Ideas

A vibrant hand crafted African candle wax batik. Perfect wall decor for a smaller space.

Rich in color this moon light safari African batik will look sensational hung in any room in your home.

A colorful original Tingatinga painting.
Hand painted in Dar es Salaam, East Africa.
Painted using enamel bicycle paint.

A great place to find unique wall decor African Art Online

Get inspired and remember the most important thing, Just have fun.


Tania Bale

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African Art

The Dream Singer Giclee on Canvas Artist Chidi Okoye Limited Edition

African Art Online is an online store specializing in authentic African arts, crafts, jewelry and home decor.

We showcase African artists from Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Zambia, Kenya and Nigeria.

Artists on our site from Nigeria: Chidi Okoye, twin artists Tayewo & Kehinde Oyedeji and Ese Mayor

From Kenya: George Obonyo and Paul Onditi.

From Zambia: Thompson Namukaba.

From South Africa: Esther Boshoff and Liam Cornell and Lauren Geldenhuys

From Zimbabwe: Victor Mavedzenge, Allen Kupeta

From Cameroon: Yenaye Rene

From Tanzania, many, many artists, please visit our East African Art page, each painting has the artist listed in the description field.

We endeavor to make sure our customer service is exceptional.

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LivLife Needs Your Help

This is an urgent appeal.

Never have we needed your help as much as we do now. We need you to read this post, we need you to share it and if you can, we really need you to donate.

Since 2005 we have taught over 5,000 people at our three education centres in Tanzania. 5,000 people from the poorest families in the World.

We have taught adults to read, we have taught them how to count. We have taught them English, we have taught them how to use a computer.

We have taught them how to be tailors, we have helped them set up their own businesses. We have given children the best start in life at our three kindergartens where we currently teach, and feed, 160 children every day. For some, the meal we give them is the only one they receive that day.

We are unique in Tanzania. There is no-one like us.

We have helped these 5,000 people change their lives. They are the ones that have told us what they need, they are the ones that have studied so hard, they are the ones who have completed courses, that have started their own businesses, that have got jobs. We have just been there to help, support, listen and teach. And now these 5,000 can get themselves out of poverty. It’s a hand up, not a hand out. It’s the LivLife way.

As with other charities, LivLife has found the past few years very difficult with funding in short supply. Very sadly, the courses and services we offer free of charge in Tanzania are at risk of being cut. We urgently need new, regular donors to make sure this doesn’t happen.

We appreciate that times are hard for all of us, but please, please, if you can, visit and sign up to be a regular donor. Whether you can give £5, £10, £20 or £50 a month, it all helps. It costs us £2,500 a month in total to run our three centres, do all this and more. We think that’s pretty good value.

You can help. We know it sounds corny, but you actually can change a life by giving to us. In fact you can be part of changing 5,000 more lives. All for a few quid a month. Better value than a pint or two.

Please share this, spread the word. Tell your family and friends what a valuable cause this is, get them to like our page and see if they can spare a few pounds a month.

Please, help us continue what we have started and be a part of this magnificent story. We don’t want to stop.

Thank you.
The LivLife team

I’m not knocking other charities, but I know for a fact Livlife is an amazing organization.
I’ve personally meet Max and Rox and the dedicated staff and some of the students that have graduated from this wonderful center. Livlife have expanded out into the outback from Meserani to provide more opportunities for the surrounding community. There is a Kindergarten, My children have hung out there and played in the play ground with such kind giving children. I could go on and on but the bottom line is they need your help to continue on with the amazing work at Livlife and the out reach center. I know times are tough, but I can give you my personal guarantee that every cent you can donate would go to providing more opportunities. 5,000 students WOW.
Please read Max’s story and if you could give a couple of bucks it would go a long way. Thanks and good work Livlife.

My daughter relaxing in a hammock at the LivLife center, that was made in the tailoring department.

Just follow this link if you would like to make a donation or to sign up as a regular donor.

Thanks for your help.

Kind regards

Tania Bale

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Maasai Boy Survives Buffalo Attack

The African buffalo is the second most dangerous animal in Africa.

Buffalo’s are quite heavy, weighing in at 1.5 tons and, stand tall at 1.7 meters high and approximately 2.8 meters long. When these animals feel that they are in danger they attack head on, using their extremely sharp horns.

This is what happened to Lection this summer in Tanzania.

Lection was going about his daily business herding his cows when he stumbled across a herd of Buffalo.

The buffalo herd got startled and immediately went into defense mode and ran after Lection.

A buffalo can easily out run a human, and can get up to speeds of 35–40 miles per hour.

It hooked Lection with it’s horn in the inside of his leg throwing him to the ground. It then proceeded to stomp on his leg, crushing all the bones.

Lection had been herding his cows with some other boys, they also had with them a few dogs.

The dogs went into their own frenzy and miraculously scared the buffalo away.

By this stage Lection’s leg was severely damaged, but he was alive.

He was then taken to Meserani Snake Park to be cared for.

Meserani Snake Park is situated 20 minutes out of Arusha in Tanzania.

Here they have a free medical clinic that treats over 1000 patients per month all free of charge.

Lection was quickly evaluated, his leg was so badly damaged it was decided that he needed to be sent to the local hospital in Arusha for his leg to be amputated.

The procedure took place, Lection was then sent back to the Snake Park to recover and be cared for my the medical team at the clinic.

I meet with Lection not to long after his operation, he was in good spirits.

We took him soda’s and reading material, stuff like that.

Ma and BJ the owners of the park, kindly organized for Lection to get a prosthetic leg. Just one example of the fantastic work the people at the Snake Park do!

Lections only concern was that he wouldn’t be able to herd his cows.

So we sat with him and showed him some videos of other people that have had limbs amputated, that live a completely normal life.

He was amazed when we showed him, big smiles from ear to ear and then he asked, “Will I be able to bend me knee?”

He went for a few fittings and here is the end result.

Yes Lection can bend his knee.

One happy boy. He has made a full recovery and is looking forward to getting back to his daily life.

Lection is extremely lucky to be alive, and I do feel if it wasn’t for those dogs the outcome could have been far worse.

Please remember buffalo’s are aggressive, they may look harmless, they should not to be looked upon as an over sized cow.

Great work to the Snake Park for giving Lection a new start to life.


Tania Bale

African Art Online.Com

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