NEW WEEK, NEW MOTIVATION.

It has been a while I posted or did any interviews. So many things have happened and I got to a point I felt I may not be able to carry on with the blog. I must admit that I missed the interviews, reading and responding to questions, plus all the excitement of getting to meet new people. So today I decided not to feel defeated and get myself back on track.

Just as my amazing cousin and my friend turned sister( Eturuvie Erebor and Elizabeth John) have encouraged and pushed me; plus me holding on to the scriptures and speaking it into my life daily and building my faith in God; I want to also encourage someone today. If there is something that has broken you or stopped you on your tracks, do not give up. Yes, you will feel weighed down, hopeless and helpless for a while. Just know that it is only a phase and how you handle that phase is what determines how quickly you can get yourself out of it.

Don’t worry if you can get back up immediately, as long as you do not intend to give up totally and believe in yourself, then you will be fine. Make sure you have positive people around you at all times. If I could rise above all my trials, then I am sure you can.

Remember, at every stage in life comes trials so, when one ends another begins. Just stand firm, believe in who you are and what you want to achieve and you will surely get there.

Here’s to an amazing week. Stay Sparkling and keep putting a smile on someones face daily.

YIPPEE!! WE ARE 2 TODAY

It has been a very hectic year for me, and I must say I have missed having my interviews and all the drama that goes with the blog. I had so much planned for 2019, health issues and some personal matters got in the way. 

Today, as we celebrate our second year of still being here and doing our best to create a footprint, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has made Sisi Alero’s blog a reality. For everyone who has been featured and to those who will be featured in the future: thank you. 

To all our readers, to those who comment, share and like our page, thank you. 

Sisi Alero’s blog will be going on a short break as a lot of work is been done to ensure you get a better blog and also more consistency. We will be back bigger and better in a few weeks.

Thank you all for your support. Sisi Alero loves you.
Keep smiling and keep that Sparkle on.✨


UNDAUNTED CHACHA.

Meet an amazing woman and mother striving to make a difference by teaching inclusion and spreading awareness about down syndrome and encouraging parents who also have children with down syndrome to join her in making a difference within the community.

Joshua with mum, Victoria

Victoria (aka Chacha) is a mother of two who lives in Manchester, England. Her first son, Joshua is a unique and special boy who was born with down syndrome. At the time he was born in 2008, she knew absolutely nothing about down syndrome and felt like a heavy burden had been placed upon her.

 As the years went by, she learned about down syndrome and learned how to care for her son. She became his carer and before time, found herself telling others about down syndrome and encouraging other mothers not to feel weighed down, also to let them know that their children are special and very unique. 

There were times Joshua was not invited for birthday parties of children his age simply because the parents did not understand what was wrong with him.

In 2014, Victoria decided to start a charity (though not registered then) whereby she could bring families together; have all children (including parents), irrespective of their uniqueness, and teach them what inclusion is all about. She hopes that one day the world will be a place where children with special needs as well as those with different disabilities would be treated equally, listened to and respected like every other person. Her charity is known as Lovely Heritage Down syndrome. Her purpose is to raise awareness of conditions and factors that lead to down syndrome. To provide help to those with down syndrome, their families as well as their carers. She knows first hand how difficult it can be when caring for these special children and would do anything to ensure they are treated right and equally.
During one of the LET’S SHARE activities.

A day out at Space Centre, Preston with our Let’s Share family


LHD became registered in 2017 and had her inauguration in June 2018.
LHD TEAM-  June 2018 Inauguration
Victoria Ibe with Volunteers- June 2018 Inauguration
Lord Mayor June Hitchin of the City of Manchester during the LHD inauguration, June 2018.

Lord Mayor Hitchin of the City of Manchester with the CEO of LHD, Victoria Ibe.


In the last four years, she has gone out to spread awareness. She has been on the radio-Beautiful Mind, Vine Juice and also on Premier Gospel Radio and DOZ radio. She was also featured on DOZ magazine and Diaspora Lifestyle magazine and was interviewed by us last year – https://www.isparklenow.com/2017/06/22/joshua-and-vic/

She won the Community Leader Award in 2018 at Milton Keynes. It was awarded by ‘A Well-Woman UK’. She was recently nominated for ‘Role Model and Community Organisation Awards for the UK Premier Diversity Awards. 

Community Leader Award – A Well-Woman UK

If anyone is interested in supporting this charity or would like to be a volunteer, do not hesitate to get in touch by going to the website: http://www.lovelyheritage.org.uk
Also, if you know anyone living in Manchester with a child with down syndrome or even if you have children who have no disability, please feel free to join in every last Saturday of the month at our monthly activity titled ‘LET’S SHARE’ – St Georges Community Centre. M40 7NY, Manchester.

            

CEO of Lovely Heritage Down syndrome (LHD)- Victoria Chinyere Ibe.
She is Sparkling all the way.✨✨

GOOD FRIDAY- HIS DEATH!

As I read through the journey of Jesus and His death- a story I have heard and read so many times, I cannot but wonder how He could love a person like me even before I was born centuries later.

The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ are truly so amazing that I can understand why some people believe it to be a myth. I mean, imagine someone dying and telling you- “hey girl, I will be awake in three days, don’t worry”. I definitely would think such a person had lost it, or as we say in Nigeria, the person’s head is “turnioniown”

After reading and studying the word of God (the bible), knowing who God truly is and meeting with Him; one will have no reason to doubt that the story of Jesus actually happened.

God loved us so much and was sad when we turned away from Him. He loved us so much that Jesus offered to return us back to our Father, the one who created us in His image and likeness. He(Jesus) did this by giving up His life so that we can once again be close to our creator. To be able to communicate with Him and be under His full protection. 
Have you ever been in a situation where you thought all hope was lost, but when you called on the name of Jesus, everything turned around and you could barely contain yourself? 
Well, I have been in so many situations where Jesus came to my rescue. Do I believe he died and rose again? Yes, I do, 100%. I do because I know Him and I’ve met with Him. The word of God says in John 14:13 – And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” 
My life may not be perfect, but He has been with me every step of the way, and He will always be with me. He has made my life so beautiful, each day since I rededicated my life to Him, I see Him do even more in my life.

Would you like to meet with Him? Why not try Him? Don’t assume He is a myth or that He does not exist without trying Him out.

Call on Him today. Speak to Him, have a conversation. Tell Him you want to have an encounter with Him. There is no harm in trying my Saviour out, I mean, what harm is there right? Trust me, you will not be disappointed.

Know and believe He is patiently waiting for you with arms wide open. Always know that no matter how filthy, guilty, abandoned, hopeless, helpless, distraught, depressed, or weighed down. He is waiting to take it all away. Cast all your cares/burden on Him.

As we remember how He was crucified and the reason He came to die for us, let us also remember that with His death came a second chance and brand new life for us.

Jesus is the reason and only reason for this season. Worship Him!

Please read and study Isaiah 53:1-12.


BALANCE.

Growing up, my brother and I had to do our chores every morning even though we had people to do it. We took turns in sweeping the house and when it was my turn to wash the car (which we took turns in doing on Sunday mornings), I did it happily. Dad taught us how to check the oil and top it up, check the radiator, change the tyre and most importantly, how to wash the car thoroughly. I cut my hands a couple of times whilst trying to clean the tyre areas thoroughly. I later knew when a car needed an alignment or balancing.

Realistically, most things in life need to be balanced for effectiveness. Your daily meal needs to be balanced ( balanced diet) for you to stay healthy. You need a certain balance in your lifestyle, Be it at work, school, at home or just hanging out with friends and family. 

As I grew older, I realised I also needed a balance in my faith. It wasn’t just about reading or studying God’s word, but also about putting it into action, For there to be a balance, I could not just be a hearer but also be a doer of the word. I had to live the life that Jesus expected of me. To show love and give love to whoever I come in contact with.  I also know I have to pray, fast and read/study to build myself spiritually and intellectually. 

Take a look at Daniel (in the bible), he prayed three times a day without fail, fasted and also read a lot. Not just the word of God, he read other books which was why he was so wise and was able to rise to such a great position in Babylon even though he was a slave.

How balanced would you say you are. Not just physically, but also mentally, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. 

Search yourself, find out where it is you are losing balance or, have no balance at all and then work on it until you gain your full balance. If you are not balanced, you cannot fully achieve your potential and will find yourself in a position where you cannot cope or align properly.

As you find your balance, make a note of everything you change or work on in your journey to be fully balanced. You just might be able to help someone else in finding their balance too.

Stay Sparkling ✨ and remember to put a smile on someone’s face. 
Have a lovely weekend.💖