“We all have to go shopping. Fair Trade is just shopping with respect.”
– Kwabena Ohmengo Tinyase, the director of Ghana’s fair trade chocolate association
Friday, Oct. 31, 8:15 am-1:30-pm
Saturday, Nov. 1, 4:00-5:30 pm and 6:30-7:30 pm
Sunday Nov. 2, 8:00-9:30 am, 10:15-11:30,
By buying Fair Trade certified items, you help provide low-income producers in developing countries with fair wages and safe working conditions. You also support a manner of work that offers dignity, protects the environment and contributes to community development.
Items commonly for sale as Fair Trade Certified include chocolate, coffee, crafts, jewelry, baskets and toys.
When buying gifts this Christmas season, consider alternatives to material gifts that benefit people who are poor or marginalized. In the past, we’ve partnered with Heifer, Kiva, Keep Hope Alive and Our Children’s Place.
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The community of Saint Francis is committed to the continued presence, empowerment, and well-being of Arab Christians in the Holy Land and to developing the bonds of solidarity between them and ourselves by supporting the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF). HCEF imports and sells traditional handcrafts and returns the money generated from the sale to the Christian families in the Holy Land engaged in their production. This money is the families’ most significant source of income and means for survival, and it ensures the traditional art will be preserved and passed down to later generations. Handicrafts production, including olive wood and mother of pearl religious items, has evolved as a cultural tradition of the Palestinian Christians over many centuries. Many Holy Land Christians, about 140 families in the Bethlehem area alone, rely upon income generated from this art form.
For more information, contact: Dana Baumann – (919) 818-3634
Hope Nabirye has a goal – to participate in international trade fairs. This 26-year-old artisan from Bugembe, a town in the Jinja District in Eastern Uganda, graduated from the university but couldn’t find work. After much frustration, she learned the skill to create paper bead jewelry and began selling to locals and earning a decent living.
Nabirye now coordinates the Bugembe Woman’s Group, a community based organization founded in 1992. The activities of the group include commercial knitting of sweaters for school uniforms, free training for machine knitting, and creating paper bead jewelry (the most successful business to date). Women learn skills such as knitting, tailoring, embroidering, computing, and craft-making in a welcome environment in which they can discuss issues that affect them. Part of the proceeds women receive from the sale of sweaters and jewelry are used to run the group’s activities.
Like many fair trade organizations, these women are working together to bridge the inequalities between men and women and to pay people a fair wage for their work so they can leave the life of poverty.
Our Children’s Place is a private nonprofit agency committed to the children of incarcerated parents. They strive to be the leading North Carolina advocate and educational resource focused on these children (at least 24,000 in North Carolina) and the need for a statewide response to ensure their well-being.
The H.A.T.S. (Handcrafted And Totally Special) project, which has expanded well beyond hats, is an important part of their community outreach and education work. The women at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women use yarn donated by community members throughout the year to knit and crochet various items – hats of all sizes, shapes, and colors, baby outfits, blankets, and more. Our Children’s Place displays those items, along with items handcrafted by community members, at various awareness events they participate in throughout the year. People who choose to make a donation in exchange for a hat or other handcrafted item walk away with a tangible reminder of the children on whom Our Children’s Place is focused.
For more information, visit www.ourchildrensplace.com, call (919) 904-4286, or email email@example.com.