Thoughts from July 2012

Say hello to Send a Cow

Feeding time, send a cow


For over twenty years, Send a Cow has been helping thousands of African families and orphans out of poverty, working with them to grow enough food to eat, sell their produce and develop small businesses that last. Send a Cow provides cows in Africa, but it’s more than that: it revives sustainable agriculture techniques that have been long forgotten

And, after a successful project in Uganda, the innocent foundation is now funding a new, three-year project in Kenya. Five new groups have been set up, covering 120 families and over 300 orphans, mostly in the west of Kenya. Training has been carried out in development values; sustainable, organic agriculture and basic skills for self-governance, mutual support and democratic working.

Send a Cow works closely with the families it supports, teaching them the skills they need to build new lives free from poverty and hunger and encouraging them to pass on the skills, seeds or livestock they’ve acquired to others in the community. This “Pass it On” principle not only builds stronger communities, it allows Send a Cow to help even more people to develop the skills, confidence and self-respect needed for a happy, healthy life.

If you'd like to know more about Send a Cow, click here

rich is lonely

Our co-founder Rich is lonely.

"As I get older*, and less cool, people aren't so keen on hanging out with me," he said. "I want to go to the Olympics to watch young folk run around and stuff but no-one will go with me."

Don't worry, Rich, we've got a little competition running at the moment which gives people the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Games. It's called Tweet for a Seat and you can enter here. 


Surely someone out there would like to take Rich to the Games?


* in a time sense Rich is indeed getting older. In a looking older sense Rich hasn't aged since his 21st birthday. He's actually 67. Must be something to do with all that fruit.

National Shed Week

This week has been national shed week. So, whether it’s husband, Dad or Grandpa that spends their man-time in a wooden hideaway at the bottom of the garden, this might explain why you haven't seen them for a little while.

If you happen to be one of these shed-dwelling males, then it’s worth noting that this is a nationally recognized week for doing what you do best (as if you needed an excuse).

Alternatively, if you’re looking to spend more time organizing nuts and bolts into specific compartments or really want to get into the specifics of carving doll house miniatures, this is the week to start making plans. We’ve found a few sheds that we hope will provide the inspiration you need to establish your very own timber-framed utopia.

- This fantasy shed is for the more artsy dweller. We’re not absolutely certain that the floors are level so perhaps not ideal for precision woodwork.


- Alex Holland’s ‘Man Shed’ is made from a boat & seems to be solar powered. Very fancy indeed.

- If you’re looking for an on-the-go shed or can’t bear to leave yours when visiting relatives, we recommend the Shed tent.

- The Water Shed is perfect for beach holidays and fishing trips.

And we’ll leave you with the Tetra Shed. This award winning modular building system (shed) is quite possibly the shed of the future.