Can buying a ‘pile of poo’ really save lives overseas?
Let’s face it, if you’re thinking of ways to help people in need around the world, buying a pile of poo probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. In fact though, thanks to an initiative being run by the charity Oxfam, purchasing this unusual gift really could save lives overseas.
A present with a difference.
Forget traditional presents – ethical gift buying is big news these days and the ‘pile of poo’ charity gifts from Oxfam are a great idea. Along with other presents available from the organisation’s website, you can purchase this package, create a personalised e-card and send to whomever you choose. Presents like this have a real feel good factor and they are helping some of the most vulnerable people across the globe.
One in eight people now go to bed hungry each night and climate change is making things worse by increasing the frequency of floods and droughts. In a bid to tackle hunger, Oxfam is supporting small-scale farmers to grow enough to feed themselves.
The ‘pile of poo’ gift involves much more than its name suggests. By contributing money to this cause, you help Oxfam to provide people with special bio-fill toilets that help to keep families healthier and that enable them to produce compost that can be used to grow a range of crops.
The toilets contain worms that feed on poo and produce usable compost. The money also pays for training in eco-friendly farming techniques to help people produce food effectively and sustainably. As well as allowing families to enjoy regular meals and a more varied diet, it gives them the chance to earn a better income. They can use this money to pay for things like school.
One family who have benefited from the initiative is the Swens, who live on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. Ida and her seven children received a bio-fill toilet and she will use the compost produced to grow more vegetables in her kitchen garden. She already grows corn, ochre and cassava to supplement her family’s diet, but now she will be able to increase her crop
Speaking about development, Ida said: “We had been suffering without a toilet. Now I am very happy and proud to have one. And with this toilet I will definitely be able to grow more food.”
So, next time you’re looking for a gift idea for a loved one, maybe you’ll consider buying a pile of poo.
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I have received no payment for this post, I am supporting Oxfam and this campaign.