26 August 2008

Boots are being distributed!

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Ok. This is very very exciting to me. Tom Neuhaus (our hero and giver of boots) has departed for Africa. We were able to raise over $4000 to buy boots for 400 cocoa farmers in the Ivory Coast and Ghana. (who desperately need them, basically to save their lives from the poisonous snakes). Anyway, I got word that Tom was leaving and he will be keeping us informed of his travels on his blog www.sweetearthchocolates.blogspot.com.

Thanks so much to all of you who donated! I had planned to send individual emails out to all of you, but it has not happened yet. :( sorry. I do believe these boots are going to brighten the lives of these farmers who work so hard. I’m really excited that we could be a part of this. It’s great that even $10 (for a pair of boots) can make a difference. I’m so touched that so many people around me truly care about this issue and want to help.

If you are a recent viewer and confused, check out these previous posts:

http://www.amycheng.com/2008/05/kingdom-project.html

http://www.amycheng.com/2008/05/free-trade-products.html

http://www.amycheng.com/2008/06/chocolate-party.html

And by the way. One person has thrown their own chocolate party since mine and others have expressed interest. If you would like to throw a party I will provide you with a chocolate fountain, signage, traffic-free chocolate guides and anything else you might need. The point of this is to educate people about the cocoa slaves in Africa (mostly young boys) and the horror that they are being faced with to provide us with chocolate. Fair-trade chocolate ensures that slaves have not been used on the cocoa plantations. There is a list of companies that can and cannot ensure their chocolate is slavery-free on the traffic-free chocolate card pictured below.

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6 comments:

neely said...

seriously...so cool!

Lisa said...

i love your heart.

xoxo

marisabutterworth said...

I have the chills and I am getting choked up! I'm a mess! This is so cool, Amy. Inspiring!

Ashley Julian said...

that's so awesome, Amy!

Jodie Howerton said...

Unbelievable.....so impressed with your willingness to let God use you....

When are you headed over to meet those kids? :)

pamella said...

Amy, I just stumbled upon you and haven't had time to read very much, yet; but I'm excited to be exposed to the efforts for the cocoa farmers. I am connected with Coffee Ambassadors, and would like to see our impact expand so that someday we are adding cocoa, tea, herb, spice and other 3rd world commodity farmers to our network. It would be exciting to expand the benefit to as many as possible... Go team!