Neetu, above centre, was rescued from child slavery last year by our partner charity BASE and now lives at home with her grandparents, back in full time education.
Some say that street food traders are a new generation of urban free spirits. Freewheelin’ around the city and beyond, we go more or less where the foodie winds blow us and every day hawking our goods has its new places and new faces.
But For the estimated 215 million children around the world involved in child labour, freedom is a luxury put permanently on hold. And with our Food for Freedom initiative, we are trying to change this.
With the funds we raised in 2012, we have been able to start the rescue of fifteen children working in homes and industries in Nepal. They are currently being identified, rescued and sent back to school as soon as they and their families are ready, with the charity providing them with skills, knowledge and opportunities for sustainable income. Since forming in 1993 Base have rescued over 1500 children and now with our funding they are able to keep the programme running.
It is a very exciting and tense moment for us and the beginning of something we have long waited to achieve. Over the next couple of weeks we hope to be ready to publish individual info on each child rescued, so please watch this space and continue to eat with us and give the next group of kids the same freedom and opportunities.
Next week it’s kerb at kings x on Tuesday and the all new street feast on Friday; we hope to see you there and fill you up proper, with gyoza, miso and more.