How we turn your “junk” into words on paper, kids in school, ideas in heads – a chance a a new life
After a fantastic day on Saturday at our annual garage sale where the sun shone, waffles were devoured, coffee flowed, treasures were found and bargains were being made all round, we ended up raising double what we did last year thanks to our kinds donors and helpers. After such a fun event it is hard to believe that 5.5k km away the brick kiln boys and girls we are raising money for have suffered yet another terrible monsoon season in Pakistan.
During monsoon it is not possible to produce bricks, and therefore not possible to earn an income, it is then the desperate families turn to their “employer” the brick kiln owner to borrow money so that they can feed their families. The loan entraps them since the interest rates are outrageously high, which mean they are never able to repay their debt, so they are never able to leave, are never free, they are enslaved.
We hold this annual fundraising event to collect money for school books so that the children in these destitute families get a chance to go to school (see the miracle school), and therefore have hope of one day breaking free from this vicious cycle.
Thank you to everyone that helped, there are several that spend months preparing for this, especially my little hobby team who are busy pearling, twisting, tying and wrapping various beads and strings all year round so that we can decorate hair, heads, wrists and necks! You know who you are.. my eternal thanks 🙂
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The Mercy Tree AS is a ‘not for profit’ organisation, we are always looking out for ideas and volunteers, let me know if you can help.
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