Tensions are running high in Ukraine. The conflict caused by Russian invasion has caused 2,685 civilian casualties and created 3,866,224 refugees* since only February 24.
Being 5,687 miles away, it often feels there is nothing we can do.
But there is.
Support has flooded in from around the world in an effort to help Ukrainians wherever it is needed. One such organization based in North Carolina, Samaritan's Purse, has launched a 24-hour medical clinic outside a train station in Lviv and an emergency outpatient clinic in southern Ukraine. They also operate a mobile medical unit in Ukraine's southern neighbor, Moldova, and have been distributing blankets, hygiene kits, and other non-food items to refugee families. They see roughly 50 patients per day.
The most recent airlift delivered more than 19 tons of relief to the team.
"Many patients have been directly impacted by the conflict—including some who’ve arrived with shrapnel and gunshot wounds. Others are travelers with medical conditions made more dangerous by the strain of the evacuations. Pregnant women are among the thousands fleeing."
Samaritan's Purse has been an extremely effective support to the Ukrainian people in their time of need, which is why RefuTea is donating $5 per bag of Peaceful Peppermint sold in the month of April to the cause.
I continue to hope and pray for peace for the Ukrainian as well as Russian people.
If you'd like to learn more about how Samaritan's Purse is helping in Ukraine, check out this video (link) --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNrCzf8kQHw.
References: https://samaritanspurse.org/article/updates-from-the-field-medical-interventions-in-ukraine-and-moldova/, https://samaritanspurse.org/article/updates-from-ukraine-response-fourth-samaritans-purse-airlift-departs/
Smooth and refreshing - this spritzer recipe is perfect paired with your summer grilled dinners or while sipping and relaxing on the porch! Try it out while savoring the last sweet days of summer!
1. Steep one tablespoon African Spiced Pear tea in 4 ounces hot water for 3 minutes.
3.Add 4 ounces of your favorite carbonated water beverage or cream soda.
4. Garnish and enjoy!
On August 4th, explosions devastated Lebanon's capital city of Beirut. The below resources provide insight into the responses of two organizations: the UN and World Vision.
Beirut blast: Here’s how you can help the UN aid Lebanon's recovery
Via UN News
Lebanon: Beirut explosion facts and how to help
Via World Vision
The UN News reports the World Food Programme will assist with food security as the WHO continues to combat COVID-19 in Lebanon.
World Vision noted that approximately 300,000 people were immediately displaced by the explosions.
Additionally, according to the World Economic Forum, Lebanon has a very high concentration of refugees; 1 in 6 residents are seeking refuge in the country.
Sangria time! Sangria, traditionally a wine punch, originated in Spain. According to VinePair, Americans were first introduced to sangria at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Interestingly, Spaniards do not drink sangria regularly, preferring tinto de verano, a red wine mixed with a fizzy fruit beverage. Sangria in Spain is mainly for tourists, but that doesn’t mean it isn't delicious!
Check out this recipe from Kirbie Cravings and let us know what you think of Spain’s most famous drink!
Iced Tea Sangria
Mix wine, simple syrup (or honey), and tea until the syrup is dissolved. Add your choice of sweetener (honey or simple syrup) until your sangria reaches desired sweetness. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Before serving, add in fresh fruit. Serve chilled, over ice.
Entrepreneurship is no walk in the park! It can be particularly wearing for those fighting for a greater cause as well. Here are a few quotes to encourage you in your work as a social entrepreneur!
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