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Thoughts from June 2012

eat curry, save lives

                              curry for change logo

Last month we blogged about the Innocent Foundation and how we use a portion of our profits to help build sustainable futures for some of the world’s poorest people.

One of the project partners we fund, Find Your Feet, are running a fun initiative throughout June called "Curry for Change".  The aim is to help farmers fight hunger, like those we support in the village of Rahava in Northern India. The simple concept is Eat Curry, Save Lives.

Everyone loves a good curry, so visit the Curry For Change website to see how you can help build a future free from poverty by hosting your own curry night or eating out at an Indian restaurant. Sounds like a fair trade to us.

  curry evening  
Help tackle poverty by hosting your own curry night.

We recently heard from Georgie, a member of the Find your Feet team, who visited Rahava Village to witness the impact of the work being done. She saw how the money used to set up the Vegetable Growers Association (VGA) had helped one lady, Usha, and her family.

  Usha (far left) and her family

Usha said:

"Through the project I have received agricultural training. I am now producing and using organic pesticide and fertiliser which is saving me money and increasing the fertility of my soil. I have also learnt about the importance of multi-cropping. I now plant five crops using this method including traditional crops such as parwal and kundru. I used to have crops for only six months of the year and now I have crops all year round which I can sell. I can now earn as much as 500 rupees (£5.82) a day which is four times as much as I used to make. With this extra money I have been able to build a brick house for my family and send my children to school."

                      VGA vegetable fan
A Vegetable Growers Association supplied van, allowing farmers to transport crops for less.

So go on, poppadom (ahem) down to your nearest supermarket and get your Jalfrezi on. We'd love to hear what you've done to help.

11 minutes well spent

Make yourself a brew, sit back and prepare to have your cockles thoroughly warmed by this video of a young lad who made an arcade out of cardboard.

 

it's recycle week

recycle week 18-24 june

It's recycle week and this time the focus is on plastic bottles, which makes a lot of sense given that we get through 15 million of the things every single day in the UK. And what with Euro 2012 and the Olympics and lots of other occasions to be merry on the horizon, it's likely we'll get through a lot more. recycle week poster
Ninety percent of councils will recycle plastic bottles nowadays, either via kerbside collection or through recycle banks. To find out what you can recycle at home, just head over to the recycle now website and use their handy postcode checker.