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June 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

June 2018 - Newsletter  Video Blog Summary

June 2018

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.

 

 

Beta thalasemia minor

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.

Iron Transfusion June 2018

 A painful tranfusion which was necessary as I struggle with my

Beta thalassaemia minor

 

The Good Shepherd Sisters, Bangkok, Thailand

It was great to finally meet Sister Louise of the Good Shepherd Sisters Bangkok.

Sabeena Ahmed with Sister Louise at the Good Shepherd Sisters Bangkok, visited June 2018 

With Sister Louise

 

About the Good Shepherd Sisters

The Good Shepherd Sisters, Fatima Centre, Bangkok visited by Sabeena Ahmed June 2018

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.

 

Ladies sewing at The Good Shepherd Sisters, Fatima Centre, Bangkok visited by Sabeena Ahmed June 2018

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.

 

Ladies making children's toys at the Good Shepherd Sisters, Fatima Centre Bangkok Thailand visited by Sabeena Ahmed June 2018

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.

 

A lady embroidering a table cloth at the Good Shepherd Sisters Bangkok visited by Sabeena Ahmed june 2018

 

 INTERVIEW WITH SISTER LOUISE

 Interview with Sister Louise Hogan

 

Photos Gallery

Sister Louise at the Good Shepherd Sisters Shop - Bangkok, visited by Sabeena Ahmed June 2018

Sister Louise at the Good Shepherd Sisters Shop - Bangkok

 

A lady artist embroidering and elephant on a cotton fabric - Good Shepherd Sisters Bangkok visited by Sabeena Ahmed June 2018

A lady artist embroidering and elephant on a cotton fabric  

 

Snow White Dolls unfinished at the Good Shepherd Sisters visited by Sabeena Ahmed June 2018

Snow white dolls unfinished 

 

Heritage Crafts and Cafe Bangkok (ThaiCraft)

Mr Stephen Salmon and Sabeena Ahmed at the Heritage Craft and Cafe Bangkok - June 2018

Mr Stephen Salmon and Sabeena Ahmed

 

About Heritage Craft and Cafe

Heritage Craft and Cafe Bangkok visited by Sabeena Ahmed June 2018

In a recently restored building in one of one of the oldest pats of Bangkok, the Heritage Craft Shop and Café is a beautiful respite from the heat and a wonderful place to conduct to some fair trade retail therapy.

Conveniently located in the old city of Bangkok near (Rattanakosin Island).

The Heritage Craft and Cafe is a treasure trove of lovingly hand crafted fair trade gifts have been selected by its founder Mr Stephen Salmon.

Highly recommended the gorgeous interior has been lovingly restored.

The cafe serves freshly brewed fair-trade coffee or tea and yummy chocolate cake.

Fair trade tea and coffee at the Heritage Craft and Cafe Bangkok visited June 2018 by Sabeena Ahmed

The shop is also the office of ThaiCraft Fair Trade, which has been operating since 1992.

Mr Salmon has spend 40 years working with over 60 different producer groups from around the country.

Please click on the Heritage Cafe link below to find out more about these creative fair trade producer and fair trade gifts.

 Hand painted Thai doorstops decor at the Heritage Craft and Cafe Bangkok

 Hand painted Thai doorstops/decor

 

 

Photo Gallery

Heritage Craft and Cafe Entrance Bangkok - Visited by Sabeena Ahmed June 2018

Heritage Craft and Cafe Entrance

 

Heritage Craft and Cafe Bangkok - Visited by Sabeena Ahmed June 2018

Heritage Craft & Cafe Signage

 

Roadside view of the Heritage Craft and Cafe Bangkok visited by Sabeena Ahmed June 2018

Heritage Craft and Cafe Bangkok Counter and Shop view

All photorgraphs were taken by my Fairphone2 17,418.

 

The Story of ThaiCraft

ThaiCraft began in 1975 as Hilltribe Sales at the International Church of Bangkok.  These volunteer-run events at International School Bangkok's former downtown campus operated until 1992. 

In August of that year the ThaiCraft Association became an independent development organisation, For the first year only, small start-up administration grants were received from Dutch (ICCO) and British (ODA/Oxfam) funding agencies.  By retaining a small share of sales revenue, ThaiCraft soon became and has remained a financially self-sufficient organisation.

For more information about Thai Craft please click on the website link below.

Thank you so much for reading my blog and please continue to support fair trade producers.

 

Many thanks to Mr Salmon for taking time out of his schedule to talk with me again.

I wish him every success and happiness in his new endeavor.

I certainly hope he is awarded an MBE soon for his tireless work for fair trade and social and trade justice.

Much love regards and respect

Sabeena

  

Further Reading and Links

Good Shepherd Sisters Bangkok

Heritage Craft and Cafe Bangkok

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