Friday, 2 May 2014

Tuck Shop Twix Tackles Poverty

Everyone likes a nice tea break biscuit, a birthday celebration wouldn't be the same without office cakes and Fridays are the perfect excuse for a finger of fudge. But who'd of though our sweet tooth cravings here in the UK could stop hunger in Malawi?

Last year Joshua supporter John Evans decided to do exactly that, by running a Tuck Shop at work and donating all the profits to Joshua. John was a volunteer with QuestOverseas in 2006, helping to build a double classroom block, and in 2012 he tackled the three peaks for Joshua. But in 2013 he decided to take on a different challenge, and he raised an incredible £750 in the process.

This money has been used to support some of the neediest families in Malawi with maize during the "Hungry Season." This is a six month period from roughly November until April, when thousands of families maize supplies are running low and they simply don't have enough food to eat every day.

The money John raised has donated 70 bags of maize to the poorest families during this period - with each bag providing two meals a day for a whole month - This works out at a total of 21,000 meals - incredible!

Chikumbutso Chilumba (pictured) lost his mother when he was just eight years old. Abandoned by his father he and his two siblings are cared for by his grandmother, but she's in her mid-sixties struggles to earn enough money to support them all. As a result on the day I met Chikumbutso in November last year, he had not eaten.

Sometimes Chikumbutso is forced to miss school in order to earn money to ensure the family can eat. But John's Tuck Shop effort has ensured that Chikumbutso doesn’t have to do this, and can stay in school, focus on his studies and work towards his dream of becoming an engineer “Coming to school is important to me because I want a good future.”

We would like to say a huge Thank You to John for his incredible fundraising efforts on behalf of some of the world’s poorest people. Who knew a chocolate treat could do so much good?