hats of the world

Linda (who looks after the innocent foundation) has been busy knitting hats that represent some of the different countries that the foundation supports projects in.


Here's a little guide to which hat is which

From the left: A fetching pink and brown Zulu hat, a Guatemalan earflap number and a green striped hat from Ecuador.


Next up, another Ecuadorian number next to a yellow and green striped headpiece representing Central America and a little brown hat from Lesotho

Then there's this lovely purple and yellow turban from India, a green, purple and yellow beauty representing East Africa and the yellow conical hat from Vietnam.

And finally, the blue feathered turban from India.

The feather was stolen from the favourite toy of Linda's cat, Cosmos. Which sort of makes it our favourite.

You can read a bit more about the projects the innocent foundation supports here.

Meanwhile, look out for these hats on a shelf near you in 17 days and counting...

say salama to Josephine

Linda (who looks after the innocent foundation) has just been on an amazing visit to see the work that we're supporting in Kenya. The innocent foundation has been supporting Excellent Development for three years, funding them to help local people build sand dams and create their own local water supply. Having accessible water nearby can really change lives in Kenya.

Take Josephine (above), she's completely turned around the 2.5 acre farm her family inherited and now feeds her family of seven all year, even managing to sell some of the spare produce to create extra income.

Truly excellent.

Salama is Swahili for hello.

walk to work

Back in April, our Andrew D went out to Malawi to work on one of the projects that the innocent foundation support out there, along with the Microloan Foundation.

The Microloan Foundation (MLF) are organising a Walk to Work day on Friday 12th September to raise awareness of the groups of women that they provide business loans and advice to in sub Saharan Africa.

Nearly all the women supported by MLF walk to work everday, hence the idea and there are people walking as far afield as Bermuda, Australia and Zambia in support of this event.

It's very simple to get involved.

All you need to do is register on their website, make a small donation and get walking to work/school/the pie shop on 12th September.

If you're not sure of the best route from your house to work/pie shop, you can have a look here.

Happy walking.

mama five goats

Mama Five Goats holding Malith.

Every now and again we like to give you an on the ground update from our innocent foundation partners. Some of you may already know that 10% of innocent's profits go to charity each year, primarily to the innocent foundation, but it's individual stories like this one which really remind us of why we do this. The foundation is currently supporting work in South Sudan through FARM-Africa. The people of Sudan have had it really rough through being displaced through conflict, but they're working hard to rebuild their lives and reduce their reliance on food aid.

Amou Mariec Aweer (above) lost her husband in the conflict and her cows and goats were raided by her neighbours. She returned to her home village with nothing, but in 2007 she received training and 5 goats from her local FARM-Africa team. Now she has a flock of 8 goats and in time she will return 5 to the project to re-stock other families. She is now known as Mama Five Goats and this says it all:

“Now people are respecting me in their meetings because I also have goats like them. They no longer call me a poor woman. My life has changed, I am a woman now”.

Her newest goat kid is called Malith, which means spotted colour in Dinka, as animals are often named according to their colour. We wish luck to Mama Five Goats and all her goats.

By Linda, our innocent foundation guardian

excellent award

Excellent Development are one of the organisations that the innocent foundation support and they've just won a couple of rather big awards.

They work with communities in rural Kenya to help improve water supplies, food production, health standards and generate income using environmental and sustainable methods. Back in February, our Graham went to visit one of their projects which you can read a bit more about here.

Last week, the Excellent Development team scooped an award for Environmental Charity of the Year at the Charity Awards.

And if that wasn't enough, they then went on to be crowned overall Charity of the Year from a shortlist of thirty other organisations.

It's great to see recognition for the fantastic work they do improving people's lives through sustainable development and nice to see that they all scrub up a treat too.

(Posted by Graham)