£1.00 from each jar sold will be donated to the ERE Foundation to support their work detailed below.
If only this saffron could speak: it would tell you the heart wrenching moments it went through to get out of Afghanistan together with a group of Afghan photographer refugees to Pakistan and then to Brazil, where it found a new home in the bustling streets of São Paulo. But because this story of courage, search for freedom and finding a new home while always remaining connected to your origins had to be shared with the world Wunder Workshop and the Afghan Photographer Initiative launched this special collaboration to honour Afghanistan and its photographers and artists in exile.
We sourced this limited edition batch of vibrant, single origin saffron from a beautiful smallholder farm in Afghanistan. However, given the current socio-political context in its country of origin this saffron had to travel through 5 different countries in three different continents to find refuge in your hands.
Golden Saffron holds an incredible aroma that is a wonderful addition to both sweet and savoury dishes. The vibrant yellow colour adds both depth and delight to simple rice dishes and in baking. A small pinch of this saffron is enough to brighten and enliven any dish. For more inspiration and tips head to the Wunder Journal.
The number of humanitarian crises has dramatically increased in the last 10 years. UNHCR most recently estimated that, by the end of 2020, for the first time in recorded history, the number of people forcibly displaced is 82.4 million, and over 26.4 million refugees. And we all know this number is increasing on a daily basis, as most recently showcased with the war in the Ukraine. At the same time, most of us have seen the daunting - and many times inhumane - conditions that refugees have to go through when traveling away from their countries of origin, many times not even knowing their final destination.
In this context, ERE, Estou Refugiado and Compassiva launched the Afghan Photographer Initiative (API) to break with the current status quo in humanitarian action and have developed a new way of thinking through this pilot project with 6 Afghan photographers that escaped to São Paulo (Brazil) in late 2021 following the events in August in Afghanistan. The ultimate goals are to consciously ensure dignified conditions of refuge and integration/adaptation for its beneficiaries by showcasing how a more conscious humanitarian approach is possible by facilitating job opportunities, mental health needs and other basic tools that can act as catalysers for the refugees involved.
ERE Foundation is a philanthropic organization based in Paris connecting creatives and non profits through artistic projects. Estou Refugiado is an NGO in Brazil focused on inserting refugees into the labour market. Compassiva is a social organisation that serves refugees living in situations of vulnerability in the city of São Paulo.
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