How is everybody feeling? Hopefully pretty good, given the time of year.
If you’re reading this and you’re Cypriot, or spending the holidays in Cyprus, or even if you’re a Cypriot abroad, there are three things Peace Exchange is willing to bet are on the festive menu.
Firstly, there will be food, secondly there will be time spent with family…
… and thirdly, there will be food.
Okay, so that was only two things on the menu. The point is, Cypriots really do enjoy their grub.
And at this time of year, chances are all manner of delicious and highly tempting roasted, baked, sauteed, boiled, marinated, salted, peppered, sugared, jellied, cream-filled, caramelised, garnished, smoked, steamed, glazed, fondue-ed and fricasee-ed treats have magically appeared on tables, and packed refrigerators thereafter.
Alas, not so for the majority of folks on this overcrowded planet.
Peace and well-being can never thrive as long as even one country struggles to feed its people.
At this time of year, it’s not only appropriate to give thanks for all that we enjoy on this lovely island together, but to spare a thought for those among us and beyond these shores who have very little.
Or who have had everything taken away in a flash.
Peace Exchange invites you to visit the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) portal and become re-acquainted with the food crises that are still present across the world, some engendered by civil war, some by droughts and famines, some by natural disasters.
Go and have a look and, when you do, consider sharing some measure of the resources available to you, with those who cannot even count on a plate of food a day at this special time – or beyond.
There are a plethora of good places online through which to make an offering – a simple search on Google offers plenty of options – and of course, many initiatives island-wide for the collection and sharing of food, clothing and other necessities.
Even a bowl of food for a stray dog or cat is a lovely thing to offer from the heart. So much depends on a plate of sustenance. So much is available to share.
And while we’re on the topic of sharing, Peace Exchange leaves you with the following video – a Ted TV talk given by Josette Sheeran, head of the WFP – to keep you thinking as this post ends.
That’s all for this time, but check in again soon for more good stuff.