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finding your feet and currying for change

We had some cool visitors today. Savitri, Lynn and Hannah from Find Your Feet have been here for a meeting about the latest project that the innocent foundation has been funding. Here they are giving rather good pose with Kate, innocent foundation manager, and our Catherine. 

The innocent foundation and Find Your Feet are old friends: they’ve worked together for 10 years now, ever since the innocent foundation began in 2004. After the meeting Savitri, who heads up Find Your Feet in India, gave a talk updating us all on the project. It’s helping over 300 women in a remote area of Northern India to address the root causes of their poverty and empowering them to build secure futures for themselves and their families. Development is a long journey, as Savitri explained to us, but the results so far are hugely impressive.

Thanks for coming in, ladies, and for being brilliant. It was great to see you as always.

PS Keen to do your bit to help? How about hosting a Curry for Change evening with your friends or family? Or anyone really. Workmates or neighbours or those people you met on that internet forum for canal and barge enthusiasts. You can eat in or out, and just need to ask guests to make a donation, which will go to support the brilliant work that Find Your Feet do. Sign up online and you’ll receive a pack containing recipes and free spices from Natco Foods. Every pound you raise will be doubled by Natco, and the host who raises the most will win a masterclass with Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar. If even the thought of free spices doesn’t spur you into wanting to cook, you can head to a restaurant or get a takeaway, and ask everyone to thrown in a few extra quid for charity. What a curry on. 

meet Sukanti the goat farmer

Our Geraldine's been over in India visiting one of the projects supported by the innocent foundation. Scoot over to the innocent foundation blog to read about her encounter with a lady called Sukanti, who farms goats in the Chilika Lake region in the east of India. 

This is Sukanti here, with her son, one of her goats and a friend. 

Sukanti with her son, a goat and a friend

 

a visit to Berhampur village

Covering 425 sq miles (1,100 sq km), the Chilika lagoon in India is the largest brackish water lake in Asia. Chilika is separated from the Bay of Bengal by a sandy ridge, with just a narrow channel connecting to the sea. Our Geraldine has been over there visiting Berhampur village on Chilika Lake, spending time seeing for herself the progress of a project supported by the innocent foundation, via Jeevika Trust

Berhampur

Geraldine met a group of women who have directly benefited from the project already. They've formed local self-help groups, and received training in how to make the most of their natural resources. They now have access to funds and pool their savings, which means that they've been able to do things they wouldn't otherwise have been able to do. They were keen to show Ge the different ways they were now able to make a living:

Some bring in money by cultivating crabs and prawns...

cultivating crabs on Berhampur Island

Cultivating crabs on Berhampur Island Cultivating crabs on Berhampur Island

…Some have improved their crop harvests by investing in vermicomposting...

vermicomposting

…and some are now cultivating cashew nuts, bananas or coconuts.

farming in Berhampur farming in Berhampur

You can read more about Geraldine's visit to Berhampur, and about some of the people she met, over on the innocent foundation's website.

women in Berhampur

Geraldine has been in India

Geraldine from our HR team has been in India visiting one of the innocent foundation's partner organisations, Jeevika Trust, and working on a couple of projects with them. 

Jeevika Trust was founded in 1970 as a non-religious, non-political UK charity, whose mission is to tackle the roots of poverty. Our Ge visited their ‘Eco-Berhampur’ project, based on an island where 80% of the population live below the poverty line ($US1 per day). The project aims to develop Berhampur village by empowering the villagers to make the most of their natural resources, and become economically and environmentally sustainable.

The innocent foundation was set up in 2004 and its aim is to help the world's hungry. The latest stats show that 1 in 8 people in the world suffer from hunger. The numbers are shocking: in India alone, over 7,000 people die of hunger every single day.

We'll be posting her full account of her trip over on the innocent foundation site over the next week or so: read part one now

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