Over 100 million people are homeless around the world. Things we take for granted such as having access to a toilet is something over 2.5 billion people worldwide can’t take for granted. Lots of women are scared to go out late in the evenings or in the night to perform their needs due to the high risk to become abused. In 2001, the World Toilet Organisation, declared 19 November World Toilet Day. The aim was to raise global awareness about that so many people are living without access to sanitation.
It’s difficult to calculate how many people who are homeless in the UK. One reason is that the are various forms of homelessness for instance rough sleeping, hidden homelessness, hostels and supported accommodation etc. One website I looked at stressed that there are about one million homeless people in the UK. The conclusion is that even in well-developed countries such as UK, there are still lots of people who don’t have a proper home. In Sweden, there are about 34 000 individuals who are homeless. Luckily the councils have become better at solving the issues surrounding homelessness, so less people are sleeping on the street than before.
I have never been homeless so I can never imagine how it feels to not have a proper home. I can only imagine how horrible it must be. I am spoiled with lots of warm water, a clean toilet and warm & cosy home. The winters in Sweden are sometimes very cold and often it’s not so pleasant to go out when it’s about minus 10-15 degrees Celsius and the cold icy wind is stroking your chin. Ten minutes feels like a very long time when you have to go home from the train station, but I am lucky that I have a warm home to go home to.
Think about the people who have to walk around for hours in the icy weather and probably have nowhere to sleep. I met a homeless person at the train station in Sweden before I had my exam in Law. He was asking for money and I asked him why he hadn’t tried to get any help from the council. The man replied that he was “too old, so he couldn’t get any help”. I also asked him how it feels to be homeless in the winters. He told me that it’s horrible and you have to walk around all the time in the nights when the train stations are closed just so you will not freeze to death. He had met a homeless man who just fell asleep and never woke up.
Certainly, many individuals do have a choice they can make such as the man from the train station, but he didn’t want any help from the society. Furthermore, maybe he didn’t want to stop drinking so he could change his life. Some people don’t have a choice. They might live in a society without a proper social welfare system and when you have to rely on your relatives and where money is something which lots of people are struggling with. I read articles about that the Swedish Clothing company H&M who only pay their wage earners in Cambodia 3 Swedish crowns per hour (about 0.47 USD, 0.29 GBP). Women are forced to work more hours than their health allows to them to do. Despite that they have to borrow money to buy food. When you are going to the supermarket and complaining about the food they have there just take a second to think about the people who want to buy food because they are starving, but they don’t have enough money to do it…
My Christmas charity task for this year has been to bake more than 100 vanilla buns for some of the homeless people. I gave them today to an organisation in Swindon in the UK which is called Threshold (http://www.thl.org.uk/Threshold/Home.html). 😀 Threshold’s aim is to help the homeless people by for instance supplying safe sheltering. Thankfully, they accepted my gift and were happy and grateful to deliver the buns to the people who are homeless. 😀
Here comes the Vanilla bun recipe 😀 😀
Recipe (makes 40 buns)
- 50 gr fresh yeast
- 150 gr unsalted butter
- 4 dl whole milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 dl granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 pinch of Swedish hjorthornssalt
- about 13 dl plain flour
- 3 dl vanilla custard
- melted unsalted butter
- granulated sugar
Crumble the yeast in a bowl. Melt the butter in a pot, pour the milk into the same saucepan and heat up to 37 degrees C.
Pour the milk over the yeast and stir until melted. Add the eggs, granulated sugar, salt, hjorthornssalt and plain flour.
Work the dough until smooth and firm. Leave in bowl and let it rise under a tea towel for about 30 minutes. Kneed it a bit and shape the dough into round balls.
Flatten the balls, put a teaspoon of vanilla custard on each of them and shape them into a golf ball sized ball. Place the “ugly” side down into the papercase.
Let the buns rise on a baking sheet for about 40 minutes and then bake them in the middle of the oven at 225 degrees C for about 6-8 minutes (until golden brown).
Let them cool on a wire rack.
Brush the buns with melted butter and dip them in granulated sugar.
Can be frozen.
Ready to go!
Outside Culvery Court; The main hostel!
Happy Vanilla Bun Baking! 😀