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Change Starts With Your Underwear

I spent about 3 hours googling ‘Fair Trade Underwear’. I didn’t do this because I have no hobbies or friends, but because we made an Unofficial Commitment to buying only ethical and/or Fair trade, or second hand clothing items for the year. I wasn’t sure if this was something I would blog about (Hey everyone! … Continue reading »

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World Water Day and Sibling Contributions

It’s the weekend! I don’t know about you, but I have big plans making earl grey tea cupcakes, filing taxes, hanging out with neighbours and sleeping in. (With a side order of schoolwork and work-work). If for some reason you are home at 6:52 on a Friday like I am, here’s a few slices of … Continue reading »

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Seeing

My Grandparents have been to more than 100 countries. Their house is adorned with matryoshka dolls, hand-carved wooden giraffes, photos of penguins and various trinkets and souvenirs. As a child, I would stare at the red pins on their world map and wonder about the life of a child in the USSR or try to … Continue reading »

Categories: family, kids, poverty, story-telling, travel | 3 Comments

Freeing Children from Forced Labour

Yesterday, Varun and I were reminiscing about how as children, we felt we had all the time in the world. We practiced multiplication, played outside with friends, and lazily watched the minutes and hours march past. We had no idea how long it took to prepare supper, how much working feeding and diapering children was; … Continue reading »

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World Refugee Day

Imagine getting off a plane, suitcases weighed down with whatever belongings you managed to salvage. The signs are in a script you know vaguely, and the faces blur past. You’re bustled to a hotel, given colourful bills and instructions for procedures about healthcare and housing. Within a week, you sit on brand new furniture someone … Continue reading »

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