Now we recently received a lovely gift in the post, a copy of the More With Less Cookbook, from a lovely lady called Pam, who has known Becksie since she was wee. This great book has given us some great ideas to make our food stretch even further, which is useful considering that we have decided to slash our food budget for next week to £25…..
Those of you who have followed our blog for a while will know that this is the punishment for breaking any of our rules, don’t worry though, we have certainly not broken any!!
The slashed budget is also to do with the lovely Pam, as she sent us a copy of an email earlier this week that got us thinking. The email concerned Pirang in the Gambia, where Pam and her husband David have been visiting and helping for some time. When Pam visited in February she took some of our Dress a Girl dresses out to distribute, and it was great to see photos of some of the girls wearing them!
When Pam was there she visited the local nursery school which was founded to provide good quality preparation for 4-6 year old children before their next stage of education in primary school. A vital feature of the school had been the provision of a meal for the children, who might otherwise not eat during the day, given the limited income in the Gambia and the choice many parents face between sending their children to school and eating. Sadly, because of the recession, since September 2012 the school have not been able to provide these meals. The kitchen and the lock up storeroom now sit empty.
This makes us really sad and realise how fortunate we are, we have enough to eat and live in a country where access to healthcare and education is a right, not a privilege.
Thankfully however, there is something that we can do to help. Following Pam’s visit to the nursery Food4Thought was born, a project to provide meals to the nursery for all children. There are 100 children at the nursery in Pirang, and amazingly it costs just £25 to feed a child lunches for a whole year.
Perhaps you can see where we are going………we have decided that we are going to cut our budget to £25 this week and instead of saving the money we haven’t spent we are going to pass it on to Food4Thought to provide a meal everyday for a year for 1 of these 100 children.
Some early pledges have been made to ensure that meals will be available for first two months, and continued donations will hopefully keep the meals going for the rest of the year.
If you wanted more information on Food4Thought the full details can be found here, including details of how you can help if you want to!
We hope you have a great weekend!!!