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My African Adventure Meet Lea Apostoleris

My name is Lea Apostoleris. I have been Atlantic Canada’s territory representative with Purity Life for almost ten years now! I am proud to have grown, over the years, alongside such a great company. Because of our mutual values, commitment, passion, and integrity, rather than drifting apart, Purity and I have moved forward together in this industry. Purity Life has always encouraged and enabled me to pursue my professional and personal goals. Because of Purity Life and Natural Calm Canada, I was recently able to fulfill a lifelong dream: to visit Africa. I was also lucky to do it with a fellow retailer, who is now a close friend, from Corn Crib Natural Foods in Saint John. Continue reading to find out the details of my African adventure.

Everyone Needs to be Part of the Solution

Walking on African soil has been on my bucket list for years. This continent, so rich in natural resources, history, culture, and beauty, has always called to me in a way I find hard to express. I had spent countless hours perusing websites promoting aid missions, fundraising initiatives, and sponsorship opportunities for this broken continent, but they always failed to convince me that my investment would actually make a difference. Then I met Dale and Linda Bolton of Natural Calm Canada and learned about how they are not only helping countless Canadians with their patented ionic magnesium product but are also working to end extreme poverty. Sounds like a pretty big order, eh? Some might even go as far as to say it’s nothing but a pipe dream. How can we possibly end extreme poverty? I wanted to see for myself what this company was all about. I wanted to know how our selling an already-amazing product could actually provide an answer to a problem this world has been struggling with for years. So I went. And I saw. And I’m here to tell you—every person who reads this—that you are part of the solution, and it’s not that hard.

My African Adventure - Green SmoothieLet Food By Thy Medicine

Dale and Linda founded Thrive ten years ago. They have taken the same message we as health-food retailers, manufacturers, and distributors have been advocating for years and brought it to a place that needs it the most: Let food be thy medicine. They started a school in Kitale, Kenya, to teach just that.

I thought I knew what I had signed up for. But it wasn’t until I arrived and got to tour their school, meet their students, and listen to their stories that I was really able to see the change we can all be a part of by selling Natural Calm and supporting those living in extreme poverty with proper nutrition, education—and repetition. How many times do we as educators have to drill into someone’s head that sugar is bad and greens are good? It is no different at Thrive; however, in conditions of extreme poverty, it’s a matter of life and death.

Villages, Schools, Slums and Prisons – Where to Next?

Thrive works with small-scale farmers, focusing on four goals: food security, nutritional education, disease prevention, and income generation. For one month, four times a year for two years, students learn about gardening, proper nutrition, and healing herbs in the first year. In the second year, they continue to learn about nutrition as well as community development, time management, and income generation. Back in their villages, the students do the practical work of getting people to commit to My African Adventure investing their time in maintaining a green-based garden. Once an agreement is reached with that village, Thrive provides them with seeds, tools, and, most importantly, a course on composting, bringing the soil to life, crop rotation, seed drying, and the importance of growing nutrient-dense foods to fight and prevent disease. This also generates income for the community when they sell their surplus vegetables. When the students graduate, they receive compensation for each garden they successfully set up, thereby creating yet another income source! Currently, Thrive has projects in prisons, villages, schools, slums, and surrounding African countries. Next, they have their sights set on refugee camps and India!

African Adventure Opens Minds

The opportunities are endless, and you can even implement them right here at home. Although we do not experience anything close to what those in extreme poverty experience, we are still in desperate need of education on getting back to the land—to the soil, and letting food be our medicine. I’m sure that is why most of you do what you do! I find it quite ironic that I had to travel all the way to Africa to learn the best way to plant a garden!

In a place where the world’s resources are the richest, its citizens are among the world’s poorest. Where medicinal plants such as Artemisia (wormwood) and Moringa grow in the ditches, most people suffer yearly from malaria and malnutrition, cholera, and typhoid. Where the growing season for healthful fruits and veggies is twelve months a year, people starve. This does not have to be.

Choose HopeMy African Adventure - Kids

Now more than ever it is so important to keep organizations such as Thrive going. The EU has declared Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Ethiopia to be in a crisis of extreme famine right now! One garden with one water well per community can literally fix this problem. I have seen it happen! And I have also seen what it looks like when it doesn’t happen. I choose hope. I choose to donate my money to organizations such as Thrive rather than sponsorships or dead aid. “Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for life.” That old proverb still rings true.

If you are interested in learning more about this amazing trip, please contact Dale or I. Do yourself a favour and open your eyes to how the other half lives, then reach into your heart and ask yourself what you can do to help. Natural Calm has made it easy for each one of us to effect change.

Click here to find out how you can win a trip to Africa with Thrive.

Thanks,

Lea Apostoleris

  • Email Lea: lea.apostoleris@puritylife.com
  • Email Dale: dale@thriveforgood.org

Where Is Your Gaze?Thanksgiving

Everyone enjoys the time of the year when we slow down and reflect on the good things in life. So often our gaze is only on what is up ahead. The holiday of Thanksgiving helps us to slow down.

During this time, I reflect on the last forty years where I have been trying to help create change in developing countries. If I am honest, for the first thirty years there seemed to be little results for the time and money invested. Thankfully, over the last ten years Thrive has been excited to see 21st-century organic growing practices and natural medicine be birthed in the poorest communities.

Our 5 day Growing Health workshops started many groups down the road to a more secure future.

Thankful for HIV Group Success

Organics 4 Orphans Thanksgiving HIV GroupQuickly, we saw so many testimonies of personal health improvements that we wanted to validate some of the results. With the help of a naturopathic doctor, Elise San Tiago, we identified an HIV group to do a month-long study in 2010. All that we asked of them was to consume a large bowl of various greens that was supplied. Each week, for a month, their immune system was measured to see what change had occurred. Almost without exception, we saw a doubling and even tripling of their immune strength.

The best news though is that 25 out of the 28 suffering with HIV are still alive. This has encouraged us to train many HIV groups and individuals with programs that cost only a few pennies per day.

Changes Need to be Made In Order to End Extreme Poverty

On Sept 13, 2017, Bill Gates stated that the global plan to end extreme poverty by 2030 was failing. There are many reasons for his statement, but we do know that if the same amount of money had been spent on empowering communities to Grow Health all villages would be more secure.

Therefore, we are so thankful during this season that there is a solution today for the one billion people who struggle to get enough food, have little to no traditional medical care and whose life expectancy would probably be cut short by a third. They can actually have a future now.

We are also very thankful for the people who financially partner with us. For as little as $1.30 a day, whole communities can begin to tackle their own health challenges.

If you are not part of this 21st-century solution, consider joining with us!

 

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Blessings,

Dale Bolton