Get your charity on people!

I felt like Mr T writing that title but seriously read on about how you can help with a great cause.

Sheabutter Cottage is one of my favourite UK product companies and one of the longest running. A while back I interviewed the founder Akua (Click here to read interview) I also one of their products a staple in my skincare regime (check it out by clicking here).

Akua Akyiaa Wood – Founder Sheabutter Cottage

 

One of the things I have always loved about them is that they run a helping hand programme and help people who are less fortunate.  Today I had to tell you about a project they are doing at the moment and the two ways you can get involved.

Currently Sheabutter cottage is working with Asikasu primary school which is is in the Eastern Region of Ghana – about 2hours’ drive from Accra. The pupils will be benefiting from water filters installed by Ghanapreneurs LLC and funded by Sheabutter Cottage helping hand programme.

The water filter looks simple but it is an effective way of providing clean water to these primary school children – it’s the company’s way of helping these children remain in school to continue with their and not go into child labour. Sheabutter Cottage will also be donating books to the school.

How can you help?

Shea Butter cottage are collecting story books for the 173 children (8-12yrs) of the Asikasu Primary school.

Kindly send any books (English) by 20th September 2013 to:
Asikasu Project
Sheabutter Cottage
Unit 3 – Sonning Farm
Charvil Lane
Sonning
Reading
RG4 6TH

If you don’t have books you still help out  Bits n Pieces Jewellery run by Rachy Sealy is collaborating with this project. They will and will be donating 20% of all sales made from their Africa inspired earring sets to this project. This will run from September to November. So not only will you be helping out and feeling good about that,  you will be looking good too!

Check out some of the great designs and click on any of them to visit the shop.

Bits N Pieces Jewellry

 

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African Naturals where you at?



I am just about sick and tired of various people telling me that my hair only grows because I am Jamaican, and that if I was African I would not be able to grow my hair because African hair is tough and can never be natural.

The same people tell me that I have some West Indian gene and this is why my hair grows long and use the fact that when I had relaxer my hair was long as well.


The only reason my hair is long is because I take care of it. No other mystical reason. Aren’t we all from the same place?


When I had relaxer I had steams and treatments every two weeks! Now I am natural my hair care is paramount! The same people have never ever taken as much care of their hair as I have done.


So this is a call out to all those who are African who wear their hair natural. Ghanians Nigerians, Malwaians Zambians I know you are out there.


Send me your photo and the country that you are from and I will publish them to inspire all those people who tell me that their hair is too tough/thick/dry/unmanageable to wear natural.  Email me with your photos. 


Updated: Here is the link to the Photo Gallery

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Let’s help Rosa


I got this email in my inbox from a young lady called Rosa Garman and she needs our help. She wants each of us to fill out a survey that she has created and send it back to her. Read on   

Dear Angel


I’m studying at Edinburgh University and am currently writing my dissertation on the politics that surround Black women’s hair in Britain. I feel that the issues that surround Black hair are extremely important to discuss and are not talked about enough in academia and I really want to give women more of a voice on this subject because it’s surprising how little our white counterparts know about the importance of hair in our culture. As well as writing my dissertation I plan to collect all the hair stories I receive together and formulate them into an independent magazine and send each person who takes part a copy in November, which is the deadline of my project. All entries will be anonymous unless people ask for their names to be used which will hopefully give women more freedom to write exactly what they feel.

Rosa



So if you are interested in taking part in the survey please email Rosa at yourhairstory@hotmail.co.uk

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