We are all a [jigsaw] piece of history today!

20 Mar We are all a [jigsaw] piece of history today!

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TODAY in the budget statement George Osborne maintained the promise that we the UK will spend 0.7 of GDP on international aid: “We should all take pride as I do in this historic achievement in this Budget.”

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Our Craftivist Jigsaw #imapiece project  started just over 4 months ago now (wow time flies!).  I calculated (yep I’m a geek!) that our 700 jigsaws for the installation and jigsaws for our MPs and ourselves to keep equates to at least 4,916 hours (205 days) of craftivists time, energy & skill. Plus this project reached 78.7million (that’s not a typo!) people through print and online media & 9.7 million people via our Twitter hashtag #imapiece so far. Clear evidence of the craft community’s collective passion to be part of the solution to end extreme poverty and child malnutrition. AND it shows just what we can achieve with others if we strive to be the change we wish to see in the world. Ace aye!?;)

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Today has been 43 years in the making. It means more people will have enough food worldwide. And it wouldn’t have happened without people across the country pushing for the right and fair thing using their own unique voices and methods.


Jean McClean, Head of Mobilisation at Save the Children emailed the #imapiece
Crafty Avengers as soon as the story broke, saying: “Everyone who has participated in the I am a Piece project should be proud.” Thanks Jean, we totally agree!:) 

CEO of Save the Children, Justin Forsyth said:

“This is a truly historic decision that will help save and improve the lives of millions of children in the world’s poorest countries.  As the first G8 country to make good on our promise, the government deserves enormous credit for sticking to its word and setting an example.

This promise has been a long-time coming. When it was first made, Elvis was touring, the Osmonds were topping the charts, and petrol was just 11p a litre. But while it has been a long wait,  its impact will be felt immediately, helping to transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.

The British people have an innate sense of what’s right and what’s decent.  Time and again we have shown through events like Live Aid, Make Poverty History, Red Nose Day and now the IF campaign that playing our part in making the world a better place is in the British DNA. It’s something we should be very proud of”

Save The Children/Craftivist Installation evening at The Peoples History Museum Manchester.But don’t stop stitching & campaigning yet! Remember that this is one win for the IF Campaign but there are other pieces of the puzzle to end world hunger we need to put into place: There is Enough Food for Everyone IF big companies stop dodging tax in poor countries, IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land and grow crops to feed people, not fuel cars, IF governments and big companies are honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food. 

So keep don’t stop now, we are on a roll! Keep campaigning with Save the Children as part of the IF Campaign.  

The Craftivist Jigsaw #imapiece installation will be touring around the UK for the rest of this year to keep the pressure on, keep inspiring people to be part of the solution to extreme hunger and child malnutrition. Next stop London then Belfast. Keep an eye out her for more info. Keep involved and keep being an awesome and beautiful piece of history!:)  

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