At Thousand for 1000 we are thrilled to see the outpouring of support and practical solidarity offered to assist people needing to flee the war in Ukraine. This is not a new phenomenon. We were thrilled by the response of our communities to the long summer of migration in 2014, the ongoing horror that is Calais and, most recently, the willingness to support an evacuation from Afghanistan.
Hello everyone, I hope that your January has been cheerful. I don’t know whether or not it is a good thing, but there are some signs of spring, daffodil shoots, …
If we can afford to wage war on the country for 20 years, we can find space for those made homeless by that war. We also have to put our money where our mouths are. If we have spare rooms and can have people in our house, we can offer it through Room for Refugees. If we are landlords, we can rent at prices that are affordable. And if we have spare change, we can pool it to make homes for those with nowhere else to go. It is what humans do. It is who we are. We make space for all.
It has been another busy month at Thousand 4 1000. Not only have we been busy raising funds by selling masks and Christmas cards, one of our newest members, Jimmy, set about raising money by restricting his consumption in the run-up to Christmas to just £1 a day. It was an anti-consumerist move designed to encourage people with a little more than enough to share some of their abundance with those without. He raised over £1000.
One of our newest volunteers, Jimmy, is a first-year student at the University of Sussex. Interested in the shocking disparities in material comfort between the haves of this world and the have-nots, is decided to explore what it means to have a budget of £1 per day for food in the run-up to Christmas. It is what Jimmy has to say: