Since it's inception March 2006 the Fair Trade Lebanon Association has grown to nine villages.
4. Ain Ebel
9. Kfar Tebnit
Menjez was declared Lebanon's the first fair trade village by its mayor 9th May 2013.
International fairtrade delegates Ann, Melissa, Sophi, Katarina, Jeremy and Henk arrive for the conference.
Nicholas, Denu and Kathryn
Anjali, Johann and Sophie
Day one of the conference began with the national anthem of Lebanon.
Bruce Crowther MBE talking about Garstang and his fairtrade journey
Wafa from the Najma Al Subah Cooperative talking about her experiences
Minister of State for Administrative reform, the President of Fair Trade Lebanon and the Mayor of Baskinta spoke of Jo Cox MP and her selfless work for refugees and for a tolerant and compassionate world.
It was great to see Wafa from the Najma Al Subah Cooperative again and watch her official video.
Video to be added.
During the afternoon delegates separated into their chosen workshops. My presentation was titled ''Building Bridges with the Youth in Dubai the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.''
Bruce, Matt, Anna and fairtrade co-ordinators from Japan along with many from Movement Sociale watched my impromptu fair trade puppet show.
I am very grateful to my two friends Yara and Hala who enjoyed working with Fairis the Frog, Chalak the Monkey, Chu Maya and Ram Kali.
Many thanks to William Goldstein Fair Trade Coordinator Fair Trade Towns America for taking photographs of the puppet show.
Many of the international fairtrade coordinators stayed at the tranquil Mount Sannine Hotel,
Day two began with an introduction to the town hall by national poet Abdul Ganib's son, then presentations from the international fairtrade towns coordinators.
We then separated into groups for our workshop sessions.
After the session all the delegates had lunch and we were then entertained by traditional Lebanese dancers.
I felt very honoured and privileged to join the international fairtrade coordinators meeting and participate in the discussion about the future of the International Fair Trade Towns Movement.
We ended the conference by eating dinner together and saying our farewells till next year.
The next international fair trade conference will be hosted by the lovely Florence and her team in Saarbrucken, Germany.
Thank you for reading.
Best regards to all the international fairtrade coordinators I met during this visit. I hope to learn and implement their successful fairtrade campaigns and initiatives in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.
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This December I was privileged and honoured to participate at the Swiss Business Council for the second time.
Many thanks to Ms Charoline Engel, Claudine and her team for organising another successful market.
It was lovely to finally meet the team from the Women's World Project, Manchester in association with The Pankhurst Centre.
I had a lovely afternoon meeting strong willed, ambitious, beautiful women.
During my visit to my home city of Manchester I attended the North West Regional Fair Trade Conference.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable intensive day and I was exhausted by its end and had to rest my poor shoulder.
Many thanks to Chrisi, Adam and the Fairtrade Foundation team for organising this event.
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