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Monthly Archives: February 2013

The impact of the good old Sweet Potato on Global Health

The sweet potato or ‘kumara’ in NZ could be an essential part of our centre farming! Another great post from ThirdEyeMom!

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Green building materials?

It all got rather exciting today. We found a project for a floating school in Lagos in Nigeria http://ht.ly/hMEpg although this wouldn’t be ideal for land-based C.R.E.E.R it was the start of a trail. It led to an orphanage in South Africa that has been built from shipping containers; which then incited a call to the architects […]

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Child slavery and chocolate: All too easy to find

What mustn’t be forgotten, although the last few posts have been about cocoa, don’t forget ‘M’ who inspired us to set up C.R.E.E.R to be a safe shelter to educate the children. She was trafficked but worked in domestic servitude we believe. As well as cocoa, there’s trafficking for domestic servitude, prostitution & many other […]

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When did you last check the origin of your chocolate?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD85fPzLUjo] We know this story & have seen it all too often across West Africa, please take the 10m58s to watch this clip of a series of 5. The Ivorian government is now acting on child trafficking, but the farmers are all scared they will be taken to prison for having the children. It’s a […]

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Ideas for vocational skills

We’ve already mentioned that the children will all leave with a vocational skill, or hopefully continue to further education so to be able to provide for themselves during their adults lives. Initially the children can try whichever one they would like, but in later years we hope that they will concentrate on one or two. […]

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Humanitarian goodwill, naivety or a sinister side?

The charity, Zoe’s Ark had its founder & partner jailed this week for attempting to take 103 ‘Darfur’ Sudanese children to waiting new parents in France who had paid to receive their new adopted child. But these children weren’t from Darfur but had families in Chad.  AlJazeera has an excellent report of both sides of […]

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Addressing Human Trafficking on the Continent of Africa

More thoughts on Trafficking in Africa

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A, B, C of farming for CREER

A is for avocados, we hope to have a tree or two on the land B is for bananas, which are native to Cote d’Ivoire & will be grown with the expert eye of one of our Ivorian board members.  They contain at least 10 percent of a recommended daily intake of carbohydrate in the form […]

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Bees & Honey

As part of our sustainability we have a number of ideas we would like to put in place. We’re looking at having bee hives; they’re cheap, local & every part of the bee’s process can be used and put to good use as an end product. We’ve been in touch with an organisation regarding some […]

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Our Builder, Frankie & the Drogba connection

Frankie is a force to be reckoned with … he gives as good as he gets! How he’ll get on in Cote d’Ivoire is anyone’s guess, but he’s already ‘au fait’ with Ivorian culture to an extent! He built a house near Marseille for the world famous footballer Didier Drogba, an Ivorian himself.  However, the […]

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