Fighting Poverty with CARE - #CAREKnowsHow

Tree smoke light

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When I was growing up in the Seychelles, one of my most vivid memories of visiting my grandmother is that there would invariably be something burning.

I should probably clarify.

My grandmother was an excellent cook. What was burning were piles of moist leaves under the mango trees, with the goal of creating smoke. Smoke to ward off the mosquitoes, who were both voracious and plentiful. Thankfully, despite there being mosquitoes, Seychelles remains a malaria-free country, so the mosquitoes were more of a nuisance than a life-threatening menace, but still. It was nice not to be bitten.

The point of this story is that I was recently contacted by to see if I’d be interested in sharing some of the work they are doing fighting poverty around the world, to help raise awareness with you guys., in case you haven’t heard of them, started out back in 1945 sending packages to Europe from America, to help people hit hardest by the war. In fact, the term care package is directly attributed to those very packages!

I took a look at their portal, and was greeted by all kinds of inspirational stories, one of which transported me right back to the Seychelles, and my granny’s burning leaf piles.

Smoke through the trees

In Punjab, Pakistan, they definitely do have malaria. And medical treatment is often far away. So being able to discourage mosquitoes is obviously the sort of thing that could save lives. In the village of Haji Pur, it seems leaves aren’t quite the readily available resource that my granny had.

What they do have though are goats, and it turns out that goat droppings, when burnt in a special mud container, create just the right kind of mosquito warding smoke. Which helps keep families safe from malaria carrying mosquitoes when they’re sleeping. Perfect.

The CARE portal has all kinds of wonderful stories like this, from turning fog into water in Ecuador, to fighting poverty with donuts. So go on, check it out, and learn about some of the great work they are doing empowering people to help themselves and eradicating poverty in the long term.

More about CARE:

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty with a commitment to empowering women and girls.  CARE is committed to its mission to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world.. CARE seeks a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has bene overcome and people live in dignity and security. Check out more inspirational stories from the work CARE is doing, right here.

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