Lemon-Aid for Live Below the Line
Well it’s my first taste of freedom since I began the Livebelowtheline Challenge last Monday. I enjoyed a homemade latte this morning, and I never want to see another lentil in my life, well at least, not for awhile! But for many women and children around the world, they are not so fortunate, nor are they free. And their freedom is worth fighting for.
The brutal truth about trafficking is haunting. Right now, an estimated 4.5 million women and girls are held in brothels against their will. The average age of a victim is only 12 years old and keeps on decreasing.
Sex trafficking is a major source of income for criminal networks, earning them an estimated $USD 99 billion in profits, whilst the women they enslave are subject to horrific abuse.
I wanted to take part in this challenge, to help, even if it is only in a very small way. As William Wilberforce once said, “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”
It wasn’t easy eating for $2.25 a day, nor was it very interesting, and it required some planning. But I didn’t go hungry, with the help of a fantastic cookbook that has been published by Tear Fund. ‘One Helping’ has some very nice recipes, and all servings are costed out at 75 cents or less. My favourite meal would have to be the ‘Country Pizza.’
As it was the school holidays, we had a little lemonade stand yesterday with all proceeds going to Tear Fund. To my surprise we made more than I thought we were going to. A big thank you to a friend who came to help and made these delicious New York baked pretzels, which were a big hit. It was great fun for the kids, and even though they don’t need to know what trafficking is, they learned about giving to others in poor countries who don’t have enough to eat. And a lemonade stand is a fun way to practice maths!
So thank you to all who sponsored me for this challenge. All the proceeds go to Tear Fund to help rescue victims of trafficking. To fight trafficking, Tear Fund works in partnership with Nvader and Share and Care in Southeast Asia, providing education to at-risk communities about the dangers of trafficking, rescuing and rehabilitating women and children who have been trafficked and prosecuting those responsible.