It Is NOT About Blueberries!

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I was washing my latest batch of blueberries from Chile for my future breakfasts. And then I noticed, “Grown with care” was the phrase on the container’s label! Why so much “care” for a blueberry? It is not feeling the “care”, yet we appreciate that the lowly blueberry was “grown with care”.

So….I thought. Why not create a t-shirt for the children in the kindergarten that states on the front of the t-shirt “Grown With Care”. Yeah, why not? It would be perfect! Kyila, founder of Kiki’s Kids, and her staff spend a tremendous amount of time and energy caring for the young children in the program…yes, great idea!

If you do not know about Kyila’s program for her blind 3 – 5 year olds who receive an education and learn daily living skills to be ready to work on their academic education, then you need to get with the program! It is an unique program addressing the needs of this age group, 3 – 5 year olds, and on top of that, they are predominantly blind children with some sighted children also enrolled in the program.

The goal is to educate these children, yet to also educate the world about the abilities these blind children have to succeed to their future goals. Their perceived disability will not hold these children back thanks to the support received from the program they are in: Kiki’s Kids.

Get involved! Support Kiki’s Kids and with the help of Global Roots your donation can get to Kiki’s Kids too. Click here to know more about each program, and when clicking on Global Roots with a donation, please specify your dollars to go to Kiki’s Kids in Tibet.

Thank you!


What’s For Breakfast? Tsampa.

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Children at Kiki’s Kids eat the traditional Tibetan breakfast each day of Tibetan tea and tsampa (zanba in Chinese). As always around the world, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The children need to have enough food for good nutrition and as a source of energy for their active daily life.

I first saw pinches of tsampa tossed into the air from Buddhist trekking sherpas at the start of my Nepali trek. It was their offering to the gods to request protection as we approach Mount Everest in the upcoming week.

In Tibet, tsampa is often eaten three times a day. It is a staple food of Tibetan people made from highland barley (qingke) flour. Tibetan people roast the barley seeds before grinding into flour and they do not remove the husk of the barley. (Northern Chinese people grind wheat into flour and remove husks.)

To eat tsampa, Tibetan people put some ghee (clarified butter) in a bowl along with boiled water and add the ground flour. They press the flour against the edge of the bowl with their fingers until it gets thick. People can knead it into dough balls to eat.

It is a great food for people on the move. When Tibetans are out in the pasture or on the move, they carry a leather bag, called a tangu, on their waists to easily add buttered tea and salt to their tsampa. They can hold the mouth of the bag with one hand, knead it with their other hand, and soon their meal will be ready.