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‘’A world freed from the scandal of poverty, where trade is just and people and communities can flourish’’


These are the words of Traidcraft’s vision statement – and what we at our church are contributing towards by using and selling their products. For more information on Traidcraft go to http://www.traidcraft.co.uk/ - see also statement following this introduction.


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We are a fair trade church in a Fairtrade Town and committed to using fairly traded refreshments at all our meetings and events.

Alongside this we have a stall, stocking delicious food, cards, beautifully crafted jewellery and home accessories from Traidcraft.  

This provides farmers and suppliers with a decent price and working conditions for the goods that they produce.  

You will be able to buy from our stall after services on a Sunday or at the coffee fellowship on Wednesday mornings.  

Do come and see the lovely range we have on offer. 


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TRAIDCRAFT AUTUMN UPDATE

 

With September upon us, the new Traidcraft catalogue is now available, showing the Autumn range and, dare I say it, the Christmas one too. Please pick one up from the Church foyer if you would like to browse through.


Then in October we shall be holding our annual Traidcraft event, on Saturday 25th, as usual from 10am until 1pm. It will follow the same format as before, with plenty of bargains to be had too. I have been buying in the sale during the summer and will be able to pass those savings on. Refreshments  will be available and other 'tasters' too.


It is so important to continue to buy Fairtrade goods, at special events, but also on a regular basis.


The Traidcraft stall needs your support.


We know you can buy Fairtrade products more cheaply in the supermarket – but where does that profit go? To shareholders.


Buy from a Traidcraft stall and you are supporting a Christian organisation which exists to fight poverty through trade; a company which measures its success, not by profit, but by its volume of purchases from the developing world.


The 3 billion people living on under $2 a day have hope in the Traidcrafts of this world, which work to bring the benefits of trade to those who need it most.


Supermarkets play a role by growing volumes of purchases to existing Fairtrade producers – but these fair trade groups would not be there at all if Traidcraft and organisations like them had not invested in and worked with them.


There are millions more who still need this chance.


Some people who have had this chance are ''Serendipalm'' in Ghana who supply the new ''clean and fair'' range of cleaning products. Safianu works with them and he said ''Please continue to buy, it's a very good quality product, produced by farmers in the eastern region of Ghana who are involved in fair trade. Farmers pay their farm labourers and harvesters very well, have very good working conditions on the field, and the money they earn enables them to send their children to school and offer advice to non-certified fair trade farmers. It is also helping farmers on the fair trade committee, who plan and action projects in the community to try and develop the Ghanaian people. For example, we were losing a lot of  lives on a local river, but community projects funded through fair trade prices from palm oil, enabled farmers to start the 'Motorised Boat Project', which is used by members of the community and has saved lives, reducing the amount of deaths on the river''.


We don’t always realise just how far our money goes towards helping others.

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Droitwich Spa Fairtrade group first met in June 2005, to ensure continued commitment to its Fairtrade Town status, which was achieved in June 2007 . We are supported by the Town Council and Wychavon District Council . Our small, friendly group, hold  committee  meetings four times a year, engaging in the towns activities and lobbying shops, cafes, and restaurants to stock products with the Fairtrade mark . We work closely with Transitional towns at events and would welcome new members to join our group . http://www.droitwichspafairtardegroup.co.uk/ .

 

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 A world freed from the scandal of poverty…… a message from Traidcraft

 

The news that world food prices are rising is a concern for everyone. For those who live in a developing country, volatility around food prices and trade isn’t just a concern. It can be the difference between surviving and flourishing, or even between life and death.

 

Traidcraft has been a leading organisation fighting poverty through trade for more than thirty years, seeking to establish greater trade justice, giving people and communities the means to realise their hopes and dreams.

 

You only need to look around the major players on the high street to see how successful we’ve been. Ethical products are now commonplace, a sign of just how much progress has been made in taking fair trade on to the high street.

 

So does it matter who’s selling Fairtrade coffee, tea and sugar so long as the farmers and producers get the benefit?

 

YES IT DOES

 

We matter. You matter. Because the job on trade justice simply isn’t done yet….

At Traidcraft, it’s about so much more than just product sales. We are different because:

 

We make long term commitments – so that our producers can build capacity, find new markets and gradually reduce their dependence on Traidcraft’s custom, building resilience.

 

We work with the most marginalised producers – groups which may not yet be able to compete with the bigger players but which have potential, fostering hope for the future.

 

We offer practical support – like giving training, sharing knowledge and helping producers organise into groups, building community confidence.

 

We pioneer new areas of fair and ethical trade – whether it’s the world’s first fair trade rubber gloves, or fair trade charcoal, we extend the benefits of trade by opening up new markets.

 

·        It’s about hopefulness, fruitfulness, about things growing.

·        It’s about greater dignity, reduced vulnerability, a living wage.

·        It’s about safety, security and hope for the future.

·        It’s about putting the world to rights.

 

We can only do that with your continuing commitment,

so for all your support we would like to say


THANK YOU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MICHAEL WATTS,
16 Feb 2012 14:11
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