|All set for volunteer work :)|
This time around, the volunteer coordinator was not comfortable with letting the kids handle knives. We were too late for the egg cooking, after spending close to half an hour looking for Red's misplaced MRT card. Willing Hearts receives donations from various organizations. Some of these are food donations from grocers, especially some of the products no longer deemed saleable. So we took on the task of sorting potatoes. It sounded simple enough, except when fungi and rotten bits were involved.
|Deep breaths, calming self, overcoming the fear and disgust|
The kids imagination inspired, how they weave work and play, to make hours of work feel like a walk in the park. They pretended the potatoes were part of a beauty contest, evaluating each potato like a pageant contestant. The ones who make it to the "finals" are inspected by me. :)
|The ones we saved. Sparing you from an image of the ones we didn't save|
|My little heros|
The human species are continually developing technologies to produce food efficiently, and yet still so many people go hungry around the world every day. It became a lesson on how wasteful we humans can be. I've read that about 30-40% of what is grown is thrown away because it doesn't look pretty enough for the supermarket, or has rotted in transit or in warehouse between farms and kitchens. That's a staggering amount of food, and makes hunger in this day and age unacceptable -- perhaps even criminal! With increasing and unequal affluence, we don't think of the consequences of taking more than what we need, and discarding without saving what is still usable.
|Clean up crew|
|Pretend Pop stars! A small reward after a working morning|