Thursday, July 28, 2011

Make a Difference

I can't just stare at the photos in the news of the starving children in the Horn of Africa and feel helpless anymore. I need to at least feel like I've done something to help.

And since this blog is (mostly) about food (and not always the food that's strictly necessary for living either), it seems apt that the United Nations World Food Programme be my donor recipient of choice for the next few months.

The life of my tastebuds as dictated by my cravings very often revolves around comparisons to dark chocolate, so do the maths with me here on this shock fact:

A 100g (3.5 ounce) slab of good quality dark chocolate
= ZAR 30
= USD 4.50
= 18 children fed 1 cup of food
(which is probably their only meal for the day)

Can you say frack?!?!?

Please consider donating, or at least grabbing the picture above and linking to this worthwhile cause.

And if I may ask a favour (from a South African to the great, big blog reader geographical world), if you do donate, please designate it to the Horn of Africa...the place where Mom's are relinquishing their dying babies on the side of the road, and militant rebels enlist children into their armies by bribing them with food.

Hey you still think we live in a beautiful world?


Jocie's Mom said...

Great cause, heading over there now to donate :)

...and I'm so sorry you have a corn allergy! That's tragic!

Juanita said...

Thanks for your support (and your commiseration too) :)

Charissa said...

Wow, that breakdown of money is crazy!

...And sniff on your corn allergies...that's sad. It's like in everything! How do you avoid it?

Juanita said...

Indeed it is AND indeed it is AND indeed it is!

How to avoid it? With care (and home cooking):-)

natalie said...

Wow. That price breakdown just put my grocery bill into stark perspective. :(

This is such a great way to use your platform for good!

Planet Penny said...

I've arrived here completely by serendipity because of your link a while ago with MUD! Hello, it's nice to meet you, and I'm grateful for this link, as a chocoholic that breakdown can make you feel ashamed.
I'll link to it from Planet Penny very soon,
Penny (and Higgins!)