A person dies at our doorstep, although they would be alive had we reached out to them, warmed them, fed them and embraced them. It is truly frightening, saddening and evokes anger, helplessness and robs us of hope. All the red lights go on, raising the question in our minds: where is our humanity?!
We spend a lot of time in refugee camps in Bangladesh and Greece. There we meet people who did not come to Europe to look for comforts in their lives, but who decided to embark on a very risky journey that lasted many months, because they were fleeing from hunger and death. They had to give up their dreams, their plans – everything they had already achieved in life. Fear drove them from their homelands. In the Good Factory we do our best to make them feel that apart from enemies they also have friends in this world. In a few days we are going to Lesbos with another medical mission. We are constantly preparing meals and providing the inhabitants of Moria 2.0 with what they ask for, what they need most.
In Burkina Faso, we are looking after the people in the village of Gourcy in the north of the country, whose changing climate has deprived them of jobs and of the capacity to plan for the future, leading them to the poverty line, beyond which starvation and suffering begin. We are helping them so that they do not have to make the often tragic decision to flee.
Traditional gardening, which relies heavily on the hoe and the watering can, has long since ceased to be effective here. In these conditions, the only solution for the people of Gourcy is to adapt to climate change, and thus to invest in adequate infrastructure and irrigation systems. But without outside help, the people of Gourcy, struggling for their own survival every day, have no chance of overcoming such challenges.
Maize and sorghum should have been harvested long ago. Everything is drying up, however, because this year there has been barely any rain in Burkina Faso. People say that if nothing changes in the next few days, the Burkina be people will face a great famine this year. Just look at the state of the fields in our area!
Join us! Let’s reach out to those in need who are among us and those who are far away. Gosia Tomaszewska, who oversees the project locally in Burkina Faso, asks us to help dig one more borehole in a new part of our garden. The detailed cost estimate which she drew up with experts amounts to 75,000 PLN. It is a lot, but the price already includes an efficient pump and solar panels which will help us obtain water in an ecological way – without harming the environment which has already had its share of suffering.
75 thousand PLN means 7 500 people who will find 10 PLN in their wallets TODAY. In the Good Factory we will change it into water – and into hope for dozens of families from Gourcy, who dream of nothing more than living a safe life and raising their children in their homeland. There are almost 10 times as many of us here in Poland, so we strongly believe that TOGETHER we will make it in time!