Imagine for a moment the feeling you get waving your child off to school in the morning. A combination of excitement, pride and reassurance that their day will be filled with discovery and wonder. Their minds free to absorb knowledge and dream big about what the future may hold.
Now imagine a world in which creativity and education make way for hard labour. Child labour. For Australians, a world like this seems incomprehensible. Education is one of the cornerstones of our society. For parents in the Democratic Republic of Congo, however, it’s all too real. Children as young as ten are forced to forgo education in order to contribute to the family income.
It doesn’t have to be this way and we’re excited to announce that we’re doing something about it, with the launch of our new ‘family farm’ initiative in Africa. The project will empower families, through education and basic supplies, to better cultivate their own land, producing enough fresh food to sustain themselves, as well as having excess to sell back into the community. Ultimately, this will see children freed from the burden of financial support and allow them back into the classroom, where they belong.
The bottom line? We need to raise $30,000 during the month of June in order to fund this project over the next three years, providing a lifetime of self-sufficiency. It’s an ambitious goal, but with your support, it’s one we can achieve together.
With the end of the financial year approaching, there’s never been a better time to make a tax-deductible donation to OnePlate. We’re urging all of our OnePlate tribe members to get behind this incredibly important cause. Donate, share and encourage others to do the same. Together we can change the world.
* Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible through our aid partner World Relief Australia.
Photo by Hanna Morris