This Christmas i want to stay grounded and not get caught up in the clouds of ‘get-more-stuff’.
This Christmas i want to keep the focus on Jesus being the reason for the Season.
This Christmas i want to make a memory that will be forever immortalised in the lives of my children and for myself too.
This Christmas i want to make a difference in the lives of those who don’t know even know what Christmas is but wake up each morning with a hungry tummy wondering if they will eat anything today… Hm sounds serious? Well it is. In Africa, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Kenya, 13 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. This year, East Africa was hit by the worst drought in 60 years, babies and toddlers, kids the same age as my 3 children and their parents die everyday. My reality is that my cupboards are so full in the lead up to the ‘Festive Season’ that we are doing something radical to make a difference. It will make a tiny difference to them but hopefully it will make a huge difference to my family.
Mission – to live on $3 a day. That is $3 per person, per day for 5 days starting today. There are five of us will have a shopping total of $75 for all edibles for 5 days. Here is what we will be eating:
2 kg bananas, 2 kg onions, 4 kg potatoes, 1 sweet potato, 3 kg carrots, 500 g butter,
750 ml bolognaise sauce (x2), 2 packets pasta, 400 ml honey, 1 kg weet-bix, 4 kg plain flour, 4 kg sr flour, 2 kg rolled oats, 2 kg red lentils, 175 g powdered milk, 10 kg rice, 2 cans coconut milk, 4 cans baked beans, 500 g sugar and oil. When you put it all together in a pile it sure doesn’t look like much for 5 people.
We are allowing ourselves the use of the spices and salt in our cupboard plus whatever is growing in our garden and the eggs our 4 chooks provide (that which the crows don’t get.) For breakfast today we had porridge with powdered milk (since we are used to soy milk, this is one thing that challenges all of us).
This was morning tea, scones with butter and honey. Lunch was 4 precious fresh free range eggs (scrambled) with pink spinach (sautéed) from our garden, 3 onions (sautéed) with a slice of home-made bread (minus the ground up seeds and nuts we usually put in it).
Made some rice cream with rice, a touch of honey and some powdered milk all whisked up. Afternoon tea was never so good. Starting to miss fruit and salads already though.
Tea was rice and stir fry vegies (sweet potato, carrots, 1/2 zucchini from our garden and onion in coconut milk).
Miss reaching into the cupboard for a snack, but day one of our $3 a day challenge conquered!