“We love to listen to our customers and for this reason we would be delighted to hear from you if you would like a bespoke fair trade product made especially for you.”

May 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

May 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

 

May 2019

 

This May I received my certificate for the Future learn MOOC

'Make Change Happen'

with Oxfam and the Open University.

 

I embraced Ramadan 2019 and

celebrated World Fair Trade Day 2019

 

 

Make Change Happen

Future Learn MOOC with Oxfam and

the Open University 

Sabeena Ahmed's Be The Change - Future Learn MOOC with Oxfam and the Open University Certificate

Make Change Happen - Future Learn MOOC with Oxfam and

the Open University Certificate 

 

Make Change Happen - Future Learn MOOC with Oxfam and the Open University Certificate, Sabeena Ahmed

Make Change Happen - Future Learn MOOC with Oxfam and

the Open University Certificate

 

Make Change Happen - Future Learn MOOC with Oxfam and the Open University Certificate, Sabeena Ahmed

Make Change Happen - Future Learn MOOC with Oxfam and

the Open University Certificate

 

Make Change Happen - Future Learn MOOC with Oxfam and the Open University Certificate, Sabeena Ahmed

Make Change Happen - Future Learn MOOC with Oxfam and

the Open University Certificate

 

Make Change Happen - Future Learn MOOC with Oxfam and the Open University Certificate, Sabeena Ahmed

Make Change Happen - Future Learn MOOC with Oxfam and

the Open University Certificate

 

I particularly enjoyed week 6 where I wrote about Isatou Cessay and edited her interviews.

 

Isatou Ceesay Environmental Activist and

Social Entrepreneur Visits Dubai

Isatou Ceesay environmental activist and social entrepreneur accompanied by her son Madou stayed with me for 5 days during their 7 day visit to Dubai late March early April 2019.

I asked Isatou to sign copies of her book for nephew's and niece's.

I also conducted a detailed interview with Isatou (pronounced Ay Sa Tou) about her life and work.

 

Isatou signing my copy of One Plastic Bag

 

Interview short edited version 

  To watch Isatou's videos please click here.

 

 

Fairtrade Ramadan in Dubai

 Ramadan is a time of abstention, connection and reflection.

This Ramadan was particularly difficult as I was recovering from two shoulder surgeries.

I hope to design a Ramadan Fair Trade Catalogue of my favourite fair trade gifts to support small marginalised fairtrade artists and producers around the world.

I've attached a few of my best sellers for friends and customers to view below.

I'd love you to comment and share my favourites.

 

 

Fairly Traded T-Rex beautifully hand knitted by ladies in China

 

 A little fairtrader enjoying a playful bite of cuddly T-rex

 

 

 Fairly traded Animal Book lovingly produced by ladies in Bangkok

 

 Fairly traded Animal Book lovingly produced by ladies in Bangkok

 

 

Learn To Count Book

Lovingly hand made by ladies in Bangkok

 

Learn To Count Book

Lovingly hand made by ladies in Bangkok

 

Blue Octopus hand knitted by ladies in Bangladesh

 

Blue Octopus hand knitted by ladies in Bangladesh

I hope to write my Fairtrade Ramadan blog soon

 

 

WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY 2019

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Fairtrade Innovates - Facebook Banner World Fair Trade Day 2019
Fairtrade Innovates - Facebook Banner World Fair Trade Day 2019

 

This years World Fair Trade Organization campaign was 'Fairtrade Innovates.'

It was a dream come true to finally travel to the country of my parents birth, India.

I arrived in Dehli and was greeted by a beautiful warm evening.

What followed was one of the most memorable weeks of my life.

Despite recovering from two shoulder surgeries and enduring a terrible bout of Dehli belly I proceeded with my magical tour.

I was humbled and privileged to visit two World Fair Trade Certified Organizations, M.E.S.H and Tara Projects.

Many thanks to Mathew K and Ms Moon Sharma for their time, care and hospitality.

Sadly, I was unable to interview Mathew, Ms Jacky Bonnie or the producer groups on this occasion and hope to interview them the next time I visit.

I have attached videos and photographs of my visit below.

 

Interview with Moon Sharma - Introduction

 

World Fair Trade Day 2019 Message - Moon Sharma, Tara Projects

 

What does fairtrade mean to you?

 

How can consumers purchase fairtrade products

 

Interview with Moon Sharma extended version

 

Fairtrade Kya Hai? What is Fairtrade? - Hindi/Urdu

 To read my blog about Ms Moon Sharma please click on the link here.

 

Visit to M.E.S.H 

Maximising Employment to Serve the Handicapped, Dehli - April 2019

 

Videos and Photo Gallery

 

 

M.E.S.H Gallery

Fairtrade Travels visit to M.E.S.H Dehli India, the lovely Tina modelling handwoven scarves April 2019

M.E.S.H, Dehli India,

the lovely Tina modelling handwoven scarves 

 

Fairtrade Travels visit to M.E.S.H Dehli India, hand embroidered Kashmiri bags April 2019

M.E.S.H Dehli India, hand embroidered Kashmiri bags 

 

Fairtrade Travels visit to M.E.S.H Dehli India, hand embroidered towels napkins aprons April 2019

M.E.S.H Dehli India, hand embroidered towels napkins aprons

To read more about my visit to M.E.S.H please click here

 

 

WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY 2019

FAIRTRADE INNOVATES

The World Fair Trade Organization had asked fairtrade producers and organisations to send videos of the campaign Fairtrade Innovates.

I've attached a few videos below for you to watch at your leisure.

 

World Fair Trade Organization Trailer - Fairtrade Innovates

 

World Fair Trade Day 2019 

 

World Fair Trade Day - Up-cycling

 

WHAT DOES FAIR TRADE MEAN?

 Fairtrade very simply means social and trade justice for all!

Fairtrade is a simple way each one of us can make a difference through our everyday choices.

It’s about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

Fairtrade aims to enable the poorest farmers and workers to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

On top of the agreed Fairtrade minimum price producers also receive the Fairtrade premium.

How it’s spent is voted on democratically by farmers and workers.

This is development as decided by the people who will benefit from it.

After all, they’re the ones best placed to make it work the hardest. Roads have been laid, nurseries equipped and helpful new tools have been put to work all thanks to the Fairtrade premium.

 

For those who would like to learn more please click here. 

 

Further Reading and Links

Future Learn MOOC - Make Change Happen

Fairtrade Ramadan Gifts Blog TBA

World Fair Trade Day 2019 - Dubai, UAE





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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all my fair trade friends and family around the world.

My right shoulder is still very painful and inflamed again and I have struggled to type this blog.

Despite my pain I managed to attend a webinar and record videos about PIE Community members expressing an interest to join.

I joined a couple of sessions about Mental Health and Suicide Training.

These sessions were organised by THRIVE LDN.

Translation in Urdu

نیا سال مبارک ہو!

دنیا بھر میں میرے تمام منصفانہ تجارتی دوستوں اور اہل خانہ کو نیا سال مبارک ہو۔

میرا دایاں کندھا اب بھی بہت تکلیف دہ ہے اور دوبارہ سوجن ہے اور میں نے اس بلاگ کو ٹائپ کرنے کے لیے جدوجہد کی ہے۔

اپنی تکلیف کے باوجود میں ایک ویبنار میں شرکت کرنے اور کمیونٹی کے ممبران کے بارے میں ویڈیوز ریکارڈ کرنے میں کامیاب ہو گی جو اس میں شامل ہونے میں دلچسپی کا اظہار کرتے ہیں۔

میں دماغی صحت اور خودکشی کی تربیت کے بارے میں کچھ سیشنز میں شامل ہوے۔

ان سیشنز کا اہتمام THRIVE LDN نے کیا تھا۔

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Expression of interest to join World Pulse's Powershift Inclusive Excellence Committee  (PIE) - February 2024
Expression of interest to join World Pulse's Powershift Inclusive Excellence Committee (PIE) - February 2024

During December 2023 I was invited to join the Powershift Inclusive Excellence Committee (PIE) ad hoc sub group to encourage and motivate new World Pulse Community members to join.

Despite my poor health and painful right shoulder I have recorded a video in English, edited it and added subtitles in English and Urdu.

Please kindly click below to apply as a member of the Powershift Excellence Committee.

Application Form link https://forms.gle/TUDeGiXwTtzqv4oh6

The date for the submission of the application form is the 2nd February 2024, but this date could be extended. 

I forget to mention in the video that Community members must adhere to the following criteria:

1. Applicants must be World Pulse Community Members for 2 years.

2. Applicants must be World Pulse badge holders.

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December 2023 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary
December 2023 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This December I continued to heal from my shoulder surgeries.

My right shoulder was very painful and inflamed again and I have struggled to type this blog.

I attended the last encourager party webinar for World Pulse 2023.

I joined the second ITC Webinar Series Export Essentials December 2023.

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