This June I collapsed at the end of Ramadan and required urgent IVs for iron, glucose and vitamins. Beta thalasemia minor is pain!
During the final week of June I traveled to Thailand to visit Sister Louise of the Good Shepherd Sisters Bangkok and Mr Stephen Salmon of the Heritage Crafts and Cafe, (ThaiCraft) Bangkok, Thailand.
Many thanks to Sister Louise and Mrs Salmon for taking time out of their busy schedules to talk about their pioneering work.
Once again I needed a iron transfusion at the end of Ramadan.
A painful experience but I hope it will be my last for this year.
A painful tranfusion which was necessary as I struggle with my
Beta thalassaemia minor
It was great to finally meet Sister Louise of the Good Shepherd Sisters Bangkok.
With Sister Louise
The Fatima Centre of the Good Shepherd Sisters of Thailand is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the quality of life of all those in need regardless of their religious affiliation.
Under the expert direction of those whose sole concern is the welfare of others the Fatima Centre provides opportunities for women and young girls at risk in the community and to break out of the unending cycle of poverty.
Compassionate and healing relationships are integral to our mission. Our specific focus is towards the human, social and spiritual development of women and girls.
We work in direct service projects with women, children and families to empower, enhance dignity, support self-sufficiency, and build esteem in those who have been excluded from the benefits of society.
INTERVIEW WITH SISTER LOUISE
Interview with Sister Louise Hogan
Sister Louise at the Good Shepherd Sisters Shop - Bangkok
A lady artist embroidering and elephant on a cotton fabric
Snow white dolls unfinished
Mr Stephon Salmon and Sabeena Ahmed
In a recently restored shop-house, one of the oldest in Bangkok, the Heritage Craft Shop and Café is a convenient and interesting stop-over on a walkabout of the old city of Bangkok (Rattanakosin Island).
Just the place to take a rest in the heat of the day!
Come in for a cup of fair-trade coffee or tea and a cake, bun or cookie and take a look at the crafts we have displayed.
The shop-house is also the office of ThaiCraft Fair Trade, the sister enterprise that operates the monthly ThaiCraft Fair – which we have been running since 1992 without a break!!
Some 60 different producer groups from around the country take part in these events.
You can find out more about these not-to-be-missed events at our shop and café.
Hand painted Thai doorstops/decor
Heritage Craft and Cafe Entrance
Heritage Craft & Cafe Signage
Heritage Craft and Cafe Bangkok Counter and Shop view
All photorgraphs were taken by my Fairphone2 17,418.
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This May I was accepted onto the Badiri Social Enterprise and the School for Social Entrepreneurs Scholarship Progam 2018, UAE.
I received a message from Mr Anuj Agarwal Founder of Feedspot to say The Little Fair Trade blog had been included in a comprehensive list of the top 25 Fair Trade Blogs on the internet.
Embraced the blessed holy month of Ramadan once again.
Miranda Paul fair trade advocate and children's author visits Sharjah and Dubai, UAE.
This April I was invited to judge social entrepreneurs at the Middlesex University Dubai.
I continued to trade at the Boutique Market at JBR.
Met my dear friend Miranda Paul, fairtrade advocate and children's author who was attending the Sharjah International Children's Book Fair.
Applied for scholarship with the Badri Social Enterprise in association with the School for Social Entrepreneurs London, UK.
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