Monday, 20 April 2020

Holding our Breath

Who would have thought that within a few short months of creating Ailsa's Suitcase we would be entirely on hold? All of the clothes that have been collected so far have been stored away in our loft in suitcases to prevent any risk of contamination, and when we eventually get the down again, we can steam clean them before sending them off to Kenya - who knows when that will be and it might be that we'll need to send everything as freight until passenger flights get going again.

It's a terrible time for everyone across the world and extremely worrying for countries like Kenya where there is little financial support for anyone not able to work - and more particularly for anyone not to be able to get food. There is a high risk of civil unrest at times like this and also people turning to so-called bush-meat for sustenance. We think of this as a time for nature to rest and recover, even if we can't.

It would be easy to throw our arms up in there and say what is the point of carrying on with Ailsa's Suitcase but the short answer to that is that we must. Clothing is of real benefit to people whose primary concern is simply getting the family fed. It's a long term way out of poverty too. In the meantime however, please continue to give to charities, wherever they are, and think before you say stop foreign aid.

Xanthe has been busy during the lock down in Mallorca


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Holding our Breath

Who would have thought that within a few short months of creating Ailsa's Suitcase we would be entirely on hold? All of the clothes that...