My two boys emailed their Christmas wish list to us recently. It’s an extravagant list of “essentials” and our boys are always lucky when it comes to the festive season, but this year, with so many struggling to even eat, it feels different. It feels wrong.
I’ve sat them down many times to discuss the importance of not buying stuff for the sake of it, to take better care of the planet, and that “stuff” will never truly make them happy. But they are still young, and neither their dad or I will take away simple pleasures from them, while continuing to speak with them to help them understand the importance of creating more balance in the world. And of being more charitable in all they do too.
As adults, we can take a different path and I’m happy we’re doing zero gifts for Christmas in 2020. Instead, the money we’d typically spend on each other is going to the World Food Program. It’s the least we could do, because here in Phuket, Thailand, the impact of Covid19 is happening to our neighbours. We see it every day. It’s not over there. Here and all over the world, people do not have enough to eat and until this pandemic is over, it is not going to change.
Our Phuket community came together beautifully this year and there is a lot of amazing work being done to help everyone in need. I feel so privileged to be part of this community. Generous and caring all.
As an example, at the boys’ school, we have a Giving Tree. The children from a migrant school left a star with their name, age and the gift they want, and it was things like a dress for a 10 year old girl, or a pair of soccer boots for a nine year old boy. The simplicity of their requests really touched my heart.
The school, UWC Thailand, is also doing an alternative advent calendar. On each day, it has things like
- 2 litres of cooking oil
- 6 bars of soap
- 4 toothbrushes
- 2kg of flour
- 5kgs of rice
- 2kg of sugar
- 4 packs of sanitary napkins
- And on it goes
I filled a shopping cart with this stuff today, and I’m still only half way through because I couldn’t manage a second cart! More than that, I want to buy the rest from a local shop to help their business too. The supermarkets have done very well in 2020, just like Amazon.
But all over the world, basic necessities are what people need right now. It’s also not a short term problem. We have a long term challenge to face, with the World Food Program sounding the alarm about the hunger pandemic coming our way. Some recent articles on it.
If your family is in a position to do it, could you make donations – locally or to global charities – to help out? However, we’re not going to make it through with one-offs, so could you set up a monthly charity contribution and regularly donate until this is over? Ten percent of your income? More?
And if you know anyone in the super rich ranks, maybe have a word with them? With reports that less than 10% in this bracket are regularly donating before the pandemic – not just now – I’d suggest regular 10% donations from the super rich would make a HUGE difference. Let’s come together and overcome together.
If you can spare some money, please donate where it makes sense to you, or to the UN Refugee Program and World Food Program. There is also PowerOf which is worth checking out. Another organization I adore is Kiva.org. You can really empower people through Kiva.
40 million Modern Day Slaves. 71% are Women. 1 in 4 are Children – from my friend Nishan Weerasinghe. Download the app and let’s help solve this challenge together!!
Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
Climate risk and response in Asia tks Susanna Hasenoehrl – download the report
Shipping Industry and Asian Nations Object to EU Pollution Plan tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
They’re Fine With It tks Joyce Ano
Biden announces all-female White House communications team tks Glenn Van Zutphen
Top Georgia Republican RIPS Trump’s disinformation campaign ON FOX NEWS
Business and Technology
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
Children know what makes a leader more than some adults tks David Lim
Passion, humour, history
Let me know if anything jumped out at you?
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