My time spent in India which was so drastically cut short because of Covid19 was an experience I will never forget. In fact I am not finished yet. Learning about the problems fast fashion were causing to our planet, had me jumping up and down on a soapbox.
This pandemic has pushed many into new values. We are more conscious now than probably any other time in history and unlike wartime, we all now face a common enemy. One that we understand, questions our way of life.
I had already brought up the issue of dreaded fast fashion, and our need to buy cheap, without understanding the consequences, over three years ago. Many others had been going on about it, before I voiced an opinion. It was not our fault, how were we to know how much stuff we would be trying to get rid of on landfills or in the oceans. Why did this mean so much to me?
My children and grandchildren deserve the right to wear clothes that are free from toxicity. Furthermore these clothes should be affordable and not only produced for the select few.
I was delighted today to receive a blog post, from a beautiful little girl in India, I have come to know and love. It was Garanshi who first nick-named me Daadi. Her Dad, Nitin Sharma, before the pandemic was the brainchild behind the Saksham project in Jaipur. The project had set up a school in the slums in Jaipur for the local children. Nitin went on through his amazing work to recognise the need to help the mothers find employment. He did this by setting up a workroom and training them to produce garments.
Gauranshi and I did a lot of chatting over milkshakes and ice-cream. I remember asking what she would do if she was prime minister. Without any hesitation she said ‘I would make everyone pick up their rubbish in India and stop throwing plastic into the sea.
Sadly because of the Pandemic, this bright girl and her brother can no longer go to school. Not until the economic situation improves. The school on the slum is now also closed. I do not know how long it will be but Gauranshi is not sitting on her laurels. Instead of going to school she has started a blog. (I hope you will follow her) https://www.gauranshisharma.com/?fbclid=IwAR1CaqNF-2ZqDR2jG4-R9EWki_LZdUEspYENln7LGZ1Nxs4q6_zr8Gqcybw
As you probably know already if you follow me, you will see I have been raising some money, so when we have enough, we can help Nitin re-open his school and workroom. There is 400 metres of organic cotton there waiting to be turned into garments. We need to raise 5.000 euros.