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Meet the Makers: The Street Children of Harare

Posted by Sandy Glanfield on

  [This post is a difficult one to read. It contains references to violence, drug use and abuse. It is also the harsh reality for the young people living on the streets in Harare.  Annie Makoni, of One Hope Church, whose words form the foundation of this article, did not sugar coat the situation in which these children are living. It is uncomfortable; it is incredibly challenging. After much discussion, we felt it was too important not to tell the full story behind some of the products we sell. Please do read. Thank you so much to Annie for sharing this powerful,...

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Being grateful in 2020

Posted by Sandy Glanfield on

Today, Americans all over the world will celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a time for spending time with loved ones; gathering family and friends around the table to share a special meal; and attending church services and parades. However, this year – as with other cultural, religious and secular occasions held throughout 2020 – festivities will be muted. Whether out of choice or determined by state-wide restrictions, many families and friends will spend the day apart. Yet some see this an opportunity for reflection; a reminder of what the day is all about: for being grateful for loved ones and for what we have. Many Americans are seeking to come...

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Meet the Makers: Florence, Lorna and Mary

Posted by Sandy Glanfield on

  Meet the women who hand sew the colourful juggling balls we sell. Our friends at Pursue Kenya run a programme that enables them to meet weekly. Based in the village of Shirotso in Western Kenya, they make the balls from scraps of fabric (Kitenge) donated by local tailors and filled with a local lentil called ndengu. But it’s not just about what they make.  Each of the women who attends the workshops is a widow. The workshops allow them to discover new skills, forge new friendships, gossip and have fun. Leanne Coggan of Pursue Kenya explains: Before any of...

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Gratitude in Uncertain Times

Posted by Sandy Glanfield on

This week saw the launch of our Christmas campaign. It also saw England enter into another lockdown. Once again, we collectively face a period of change and uncertainty. Without doubt, these continue to be challenging times. During the first lockdown, we reflected upon what this time of change was teaching us: we shared stories, baked bread and reached out, via our Rainbow campaign, to those who had touched us with their kindness and resilience. Now, with darker nights and the prospect of a different festive celebration, we remember the flipside of lockdown for many: loneliness, fear and anxiety. That is...

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Christmas with a difference

Posted by Ben Solanky on

Christmas festivities have always been a way to chase away the encroaching darkness and cold. In pared down circumstances, we are all appreciating kindness and celebrating empathy in even greater measure.

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