The Cost of Living

Conflict. Pandemic. Corruption. Storms. Wildfires. World War Three.

It feels like a very scary time right now. Whether you’re watching television, listening to podcasts, scrolling through social media or just having a chat with someone, the overwhelming misery of current events is difficult to escape. For those of us who have the privilege of disengaging (even momentarily), there are millions more who are living amongst it with no escape.

I guess one of the costs of living is knowing that all things exist at once – happiness and sadness, love and hate, good and evil. While Putin wages war on Ukraine, the people of Poland have opened their wallets, homes and hearts to refugees. The UK alone has raised over £100 million for Ukraine aid appeals and, amongst the horrific images of war on social media, there are also countless infographics sharing ways to show support, donate goods/money and provide assistance to those in need.

Watching people come together to help has been inspirational.

Between the pandemic and the war, another kind of trouble has arisen, relating to the other ‘cost of living’. Households in the UK are set to be hit with soaring energy bills, inflation, increased national insurance contributions, higher fuel prices and more. It goes without saying that this will drive many to the brink financially, with no respite in sight from those in power.

According to the Independent, “the country is set to experience the worst financial squeeze in 60 years, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Some 2.5 million families will be plunged into fuel poverty by the spring, the Resolution Foundation think tank predicts. Food banks are already recording unprecedented numbers of visitors.

In times of crisis, we know that people have to make difficult choices. Some of those choices will be the decision between food or menstrual products. This should never be the case, so this International Women’s Day, we are launching a new campaign to collect donations of menstrual products for those in need.

We will be donating these items to Bow Food Bank in East London, which exists to provide food and emergency items to those in crisis. You can donate money via our JustGiving page or donate the products themselves via our Amazon wish list.

While we’re not aware of an ongoing collection for Ukrainian refugees coming into the UK, our friends over at Freda are facilitating donations of pads to Moldova and Poland on an ad hoc basis. If this continues, we’ll pass a percentage of the donations to our campaign over to Freda to use in the best way possible. In the meantime, you can also donate to them directly!

Thanks for reading,

~ Sanya

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