Welcome to the June 2009 edition of the Eat So They Can newsletter!
This month, June 20th marks World Refugee Day - a day to turn our attention to the millions of refugees around the world who have been forced to abandon their homes. At Eat So They Can, we are taking this opportunity to help IDPs (internally displaced people) in Kenya.
Thanks to ESTC 2008 funds, we have set up a porridge program and 1400 kids from IDP camps will soon have a cup of porridge each day before school! Lauren, our ESTC rep in Kenya, has also set up an international fundraiser to help build houses for IDP families. Go Lauren!
I hope these photos will inspire you to sign up again as an ESTC host this year.
South African Melktert (Milk Tart)
Why not try making this South African favourite for your event this year? It’s a little like a custard pie with a sweet pastry crust. Yum!
45 g butter, melted
Readers Hint: For those of you that are going to try the chapattis from the May newsletter, try adding some sugar.
ESTC Porridge Program
Lauren, GVN Foundation’s media and communications coordinator, has been in Kenya for the last few months helping our partner distribute the 2008 ESTC funds. On Tuesday she had a crazy day running around buying maize, millet, sugar and pots. Thanks to Lauren's hard work and the ESTC funds, 1400 kids from IDP camps now have a cup of porridge each day before school!
Here is a short excerpt from a recent blog entry by Lauren:
Last Thursday was the longest day in the world but it was also one of the best I must say. Irene and I did not return to Nairobi until 3am on Friday morning.
Our first challenge was finding a cereals store that could provide us with 27 bags of maize and 27 bags of millet! It was a big order. Fortunately one of the store owners took charge and scurried around all the stores doing calculations and an hour later they came up with the goods. The second challenge was getting the 54 90kg bags into the one store so we could easily pick them up the next day. We employed a few of the boys from the stores and they went about carrying the sacks. I again found myself sitting on a bag of beans. This is becoming a habit! Just watching the boys haul those sacks was tiring. I wanted to help but there was no way I could even lift one of those things! Finally we had the sacks all together and safely stored.
The next item on the list was pots! Obviously to feed between 500 and 800 kids at a time you are going to need massive pots! We found 90ltr ones which are absolutely huge and I got the giggles several times just looking at them. I am pretty sure I could fit in one! The first store we went to only had one so we waited around for an hour or so while they tried to find more. No luck. So we set off again in search of more enormous pots. We finally found some more at another supermarket, purchased them, and then packed them into our van. We also found the powdered milk. Done!
Well not quite…
To find out what happened next, visit: Eat So They Can Blog.
Action and Advocacy
World Environment Day – 5 June 2009
This year’s theme for World Environment Day is "Your Planet Needs You! UNite to Combat Climate Change."
The UNEP has come up with heaps of ideas for how you can do your part to protect the planet. Here are some of our favourites:
To find out more, visit: UNEP
World Refugee Day – 20 June 2009
This year’s World Refugee Day theme is “Real People, Real Needs” so take a minute to imagine what it must be like to have to abandon your home in order to escape persecution or conflict. Consider sponsoring an IDP family in Kenya through Lauren’s international fundraiser and help build a family a new home. To learn more, click here.
Fathers Day – 21 June 2009
Not sure what to get your Dad for Fathers Day this year? Why not give the gift of hope by purchasing a GVN Foundation Gift Certificate to help orphans in Kenya, Uganda, Peru, Vietnam or Nepal.