Tonight Kieran asked if he could cook tea for himself and his little brother. Using items from our pantry, veg box and with a quick trip to the shop we pulled together the ingredients he wanted:
Campbells Condensed Mushroom Soup x 1
A little oil.
Altogether with some nearly 7-yr old magic Kieran very independently put together this lovely meal.
As regular readers will know (and infrequent visitors might guess after seeing the big badge over there on the right) that I am a staunch supporter of UNICEF. I believe in the work that they do and through campaigning work and financial aid myself I like to think that I’ve made a little difference. This isn’t the only charity however that tugs at me.
Where I live seems to be a prime spot for charity workers who come to share information and encourage monthly donations. I always feel bad when they leave without anything as they are all very worthy causes however I still need to feed my own children so have to put a limit on charitable spending.
Fortunately there are ways to help without putting your hand in your pocket. One is to help raise awareness, for example telling or showing others what a charity does and what they might do to help (that is your cue to share this post).
Another way is to change your own habits. Most people will have heard of Fairtrade or Traidcraft. Traidcraft’s tagline is “Fighting Poverty Through Trade” and the charity have been running since 1979. A lot of the work that is undertaken focuses on promoting fair working conditions and prices in developing countries, which is turn enables people to earn a decent amount in order to look after their families. Promoting products that have been fairly made around the globe, the charity have been able to raise a substantial amount of money for those in need and to continue changing the way trade is run so that everyone may enjoy a brighter future.
I’m not in a position to take time out, visit developing countries or even sell Traidcraft items locally however by making small changes to the way that I shop, and by spreading the word I can still help. I was first introduced to Traidcraft by a local lady who I believe has been selling these products locally for almost twenty years now. I had heard of Fairtrade coffee however hadn’t until that point realised the range of items available that would benefit others (and myself).
There is a wide variety of organic food products available via the website, supermarkets and independent sellers around the UK and beyond, all of which are reasonably priced and of a high quality. I’ll be honest and admit that I am more of a Kenco coffee drinker rather than Fairtrade coffee drinker however will rarely pass up the opportunity to enjoy any of the GEO bars or cereals.
In addition to food and drink there are also many handmade gifts and home items for you to enjoy whilst helping to support a worthy cause. These are all items which again are top quality and if you are able to part with them you would be happy to gift to others. From jewellery, toys and home items there are plenty of things to choose from.
I’m not asking anyone to drop everything and completely change their shopping habits here. I’m saying, why not consider adding a few items to your shopping basket or once in a while using the Traidcraft website to source birthday gifts or treats. All sales help to end exploitation and encourage fair trade, safe and healthy work conditions and a better standard of living for many in developing areas.
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