In Swedish, 'Speed' translates into 'Fart', which is bad enough, but 'Bump', becomes 'Dump', so that speed bump in the road takes on a whole new meaning!
Also from Sweden, 'Kiss', translates into 'Pee', so be very careful how you describe your romantic encounter in the lift, if you are in Sweden.
Over to Portugal, and the Portuguese for 'I farted' is 'Peidei', pronounced 'Payday', giving new meaning to payday-happy or a payday loan!
The most missed item on the list by far though, was family. You would think, with all the advances in technology in recent years, it would be relatively easy to keep in contact with loved ones abroad. This is not always the case, however. Telecommunications and the internet in some countries are still very expensive and not always easy to access. Even something as simple as buying a PAYG SIM can become a real challenge when you desperately need low-cost overseas calls from it.
Lebara Foundation are a company who specialise in communication. The company was set up in 2001 to provide low cost, high quality products and services for migrant communities who needed to keep in touch with their families back home. They provide prepaid, Mobile SIM cards, customised to the needs of international communities, particularly migrant workers. Since 2004, following the devasting effects of the Asian Tsunami, the founders were inspired to create the Lebara Foundation, providing practical help for the some of the world's poorest children, such as housing, health and education, in displaced communties throughout the world.
"We believe it is every child's right to reach their full potential" - Lebara Founders
Lebara are special, because they don't just collect money for charity, or even donate themselves, they go much further, seeking out communities that need a bit of help and working out what they can do to make things better. Here are some of the many and varied projects they have been a part of;
In the eastern reaches of India, near the Bay of Bengal, lies an area ravaged by war, its inhabitants in dire need of some of the most basic facilities. Lebara Village has been constructed to accomodate the areas poorest children. Refugees, street kids and rag pickers make up some of the inhabitants, amongst many others and they are benefitting from an education, food and, above all, a safe environment in which to thrive.
Lebara Scholarship Programme
Three decades of war in Sri Lanka have left children in some areas unable to access an education, particularly in the North East. Children traumatised by the devasting effects of conflict, such as the loss of loved ones, along with the devastation of the schools infrastructure has meant many young people are growing up unable to read or write. Lebara are providing funding to 500 14 to 18 year olds, to pay for tuition, books, stationery and all education programmes.
To further support education within the war-ravaged communities in Sri Lanka, this amazing library has been funded by Lebara. It contains a comprehensive selection of electronic and printed texts, in both Tamil and English, along with a fully equipped multi-media classroom, two lecture halls, a language lab and IT and media facilities, such as PCs, printers and copiers. Lebara provide fantastic low-cost phone tarriffs, particularly if you are calling abroad. By investing in their service, you will also be investing in the futures of many displaced and poverty-stricken children all over the world. Doesn't that sound like a great deal?
This was a sponsored post on behalf of Lebara, but it was an absolute pleasure to write, as this is a company I fully support and am more than happy to get behind!