Follow the Morton family on mission in Uganda with New Hope Uganda.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
As my kids study the concept of environmental footprints, we often compare our lives in Canada to our lives in Uganda. Yesterday the truth about western consumption hit home through the lesson of the Croc. The girls brought Crocs to Uganda as a practical, washable kind of footwear and we have indeed got what we considered our moneys-worth out of them. A couple of weeks ago first one Croc and then another was ripped and left to sit on the shoe rack awaiting disposal. After all they weren't really much use right? Enter our ever enthusiastic laundry lady who asked me "Aunt do you want me to take to get fixed?" "Really," was my surprised response. "How much would that cost?" "1000//=" (the equivalent of 40 cents). And so yesterday the Crocs came back stitched up with sturdy thread ready for more footsteps on Ugandan soil. Necessity has taught my friends well. It's a lesson western environmentalists might take to heart.