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my new desk

jojo's desk in uganda

This is a photo of my new desk at the national office of Send A Cow in Uganda, where I'm lucky enough to be spending the next couple of weeks. It took five and a half minutes to upload, so I'll be picking my photos more wisely in future. I'm thinking more cows, fewer desks.

 Send A Cow are one of the innocent foundation's partner organisations, and our funding helps them to help people out of poverty and hunger by teaching them a combination of essential life skills and sustainable farming techniques. I'm here on behalf of the innocent foundation to meet some of the families that have been helped by Send A Cow, and to help tell their stories.

It's day one of a two week trip, and as I write this I'm sitting at my new desk, drinking a cup of very milky tea, listening to the rain hammer down and occasional blasts of Wannabe by The Spice Girls through an open window. So far, not so different from home, but I have a feeling tomorrow will be a completely different story.

Craig's trip to the Crees Foundation

From time to time, we like to visit some of our innocent foundation partners to say hello.

In the past, you may have seen stories from innocent people like Helen, JT, Emilie, Andrew, Clover and Emma, all of whom have visited foundation projects all over the world to share their skills and expertise where possible. Now, it’s our Craig’s turn. He heads off to Peru to work with the Crees Foundation this weekend and we’re really excited that someone from innocent is having the chance to work with this really remote project.

The innocent foundation agreed to support the GROW project set up by the Crees Foundation in 2010 for 3 years. The aim of the project is to boost local income and improve child and adult health by diverting activity away from environmentally damaging sources of income, and working with local people to develop family biogardens and community plots and promote agroforestry.

Since 2010, things have gone really well and produce is being grown in the biogardens (see photograph of Senora Rebeca Paccori in her biogarden below). Tasty, fresh veggies have really helped to improve diet and health, and the surplus crop can be sold for income. That’s where Craig will come in handy. Craig works in our commercial team selling our veg pots so he’ll be putting his skills to good use – working with the GROW project to investigate ways to market the surplus produce, so that the growers can make as much money as possible.

Senora rebeca paccori in her biogarden

 

We’re hoping Craig will be able to send us an update from Peru* so watch this space for more.

*worry not, Craig, we know that’s probably easier said than done when you’re in the middle of the Amazonian rainforest.

 

tim's about to jump out of a plane

Thankfully he'll be wearing a parachute. And this rather fetching jumpsuit.
tim in a jumpsuit preparing for his skydive

He's going skydiving this Friday to raise money for his two lovely nieces (pictured above), Ellie (7) and Lily (3), who both suffer from unrelated heart conditions. It's likely they'll both need to have heart surgery before they reach the age of 10, so they've been advised to get a defribrillator, which Tim's hoping to pay for with the money raised from his skydive. Best of luck Tim, although, with a jumpsuit as shiny as that, we're not sure you'll need it.