What a difference a spoon makes... #SpoonAppeal
When real life explorer and education advocate Justin Miles (author of Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids
) went to a very remote part of Kenya with NGO ‘Girl Child Network’, he saw children who were delighted to be at school and very happy to be fed. Unlike schoolchildren in the UK, these children were eating with their hands instead of a spoon.
Justin Miles explains the significance of what he saw: “A spoon, a simple spoon, can act as a barrier to contamination and the spread of disease, helping to reduce the number of days out of school due to illness and supporting the eradication of disease - saving lives. “
This school is not a solitary case. Disease is prevalent throughout East Africa and in many other developing countries striving to build an education structure. As resources are stretched, something as simple as using a spoon really does make a huge difference.
Back in the UK Justin spoke to his publisher, Maxime Boucknooghe at QED publishing. Maxime, like many others going to work in a city, had picked up a coffee on his way to office and was stirring it with a disposable spoon.
Maxime says: “I’d never thought about the good a spoon can do until I heard about the Spoon Appeal from Justin. Now he’s stirred me into action too!”