A kids-eye view of Haiti

Back in January, international development agency Tearfund gave fifty children in Haiti disposable cameras and asked them to take photos of their homes, families and life in Haiti following the earthquake in January 2010.

The resulting photos give a fascinating insight into the lives of Haitian communities and their lives after the devastating natural disaster that ripped apart their lives, livelihoods and loved ones.

Tomorrow is the official launch of the photo exhibition in Westminster, and the photos will be displayed for a further month in Methodist Central Hall. From donkeys to teddy-bears, the children’s photos document different aspects of the children’s daily lives, and provide some thought-provoking viewing.

These are children who have lost family members in the disaster; many are homeless and waiting for their homes to be rebuilt. They take delight in the small things; cuddling a cat, or watching their mother brush her hair. If you want an entirely different view of Haiti in the wake of the earthquake, then it is well worth a visit.

Published in: on June 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Fair Trade Fast

Lent begins tomorrow, and I have set myself (and my unwitting family) a challenge. I endeavour to eat only Fair Trade products or (as the list of Fair Trade products readily available is far from comprehensive) locally sourced food (i.e. produced within the British Isles). This has already created some difficulties, and given rise to many debates around the dinner table as we examine each label and packet to discover how far it has travelled.

The aim is to start thinking, buying and eating more ethically. We are spoilt for choice here in Britain, with fresh fruit flown in from across the globe to allow us to be able to enjoy exotic treats all year round. So much so, that it is becoming increasingly difficult to buy British. Local food is fresher, hasn’t travelled so far, and most importantly buying such products helps to support British farmers and local businesses.

Buying Fair Trade is also important, guaranteeing a premium price for farmers in the developing world, ensuring a steady income and helping them to build up their communities and offering them hope for the future. It may still have to travel across the globe to reach our supermarket shelves, but the Fairtrade Foundation commits to environmentally responsible practises as well as offering the producers a fair wage.

It will be an interesting experiment and I’m sure there will be frustrations along the way, but I think it is easily achievable, and doing so will highlight some of the interesting paths our food takes before it reaches the supermarket shelves. I will keep you updated on my progress, and if you feel inspired by my challenge, here are some useful Fair Trade recipes, or even a Carbon Fast you can join in with. For now, I’m off to make some pancakes, having come across these Divine dishes, my mouth is watering already!