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January 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

January 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

Happy New Year!

This month despite being very poorly and being hospitalised most of the month with high blood pressure, I continued with Plastic Free July and purchased a bamboo toothbrush.

Started an Up-cycling From Green Ideas to Starting a Business - Living in Minca and supported Gombook's Give A Ghaf Planting Tree Program at Sustainable City, Dubai.

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World Cancer Day 2020

World Cancer Day 2020

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum, peace and blessings,

My name is Sabeena and this is my message for World Cancer Day 2020!

My beautiful mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer March 2012, she was 59 years old.

Mum courageously received 4 years of chemotherapy and radiotherapy before she returned to her maker April 2016, she was 62 years old.

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Fair Trade Ethical Living - Plant a Ghaf Tree Initiative with Goumbook at Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE

Fair Trade Ethical Living - Plant a Ghaf Tree Initiative with Goumbook at Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE

This January I decided to start my year of self-care, healing and fulfilling ambitions by supporting a fantastic social enterprise Goumbook.

It also reminded me of my mothers love for nature and gardening.

On a beautiful Saturday morning I headed over to the Sustainable City, Dubai to participate in the Give A Ghaf Tree Initiative.

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November & December 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summaries

November & December 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summaries

This November I was very poorly and had to rest my left shoulder.

This December I attended an evening with the Creative team at Heart & Parcel Manchester, UK and 

Received my WHO'S SHE - a guessing game about extraordinary women and read my September/October and November/December editions of Ethical Magazine, UK.

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Fair Trade Travels - An evening with Heart & Parcel, Manchester, UK

Fair Trade Travels - An evening with Heart & Parcel, Manchester, UK

Despite having the mother of all colds I trundled my way to Cultureplex, Manchester on a cold winter evening to support a wonderful social enterprise  called Heart & Parcel.

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Common Purpose and The Pakistani Disapora Leaders Programme - October 2019, London, UK

Common Purpose and The Pakistani Disapora Leaders Programme - October 2019, London, UK

I wrote to the Common Purpose London team late September and was accepted on their prestigious 5 day Pakistani Disapora Leaders Programme. 

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Live Below The Line 2014 - Dubai, UAE - Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

Live Below The Line 2014 - Dubai, UAE - Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

During April/May of 2014 I decided to participate with Practical Action and the Live Below The Line 2014 UK campaign to highlight how 1 billion people around the world slept hungry every night and lived on less than one dollar a day.

The issue is one that is very close to my heart as my fairtrade work focuses on alleviating poverty.

Fairtrade supports the Sustainable Development Goals, and every individual deserves to live with dignity, respect and not spend a single night hungry.

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September 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

September 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This September I continued with Plastic Free July. 

Participated in Zero Waste Week 2019 and Climate Action Day.

Received my certificate for the Future Learn MOOC, Fashion Revolution and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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My Fairphone2,  17,418 - Review and Vlogs by Sabeena Ahmed

My Fairphone2, 17,418 - Review and Vlogs by Sabeena Ahmed

I thought I would share a few of my vlogs and photographs I've uploaded with my Fairphone2 since I received it February 2016.

 

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Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai, UAE - Fair Trade Ethical Living with Sabeena Ahmed

Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai, UAE - Fair Trade Ethical Living with Sabeena Ahmed

This is my humble effort to reduce my plastic consumption and waste for Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.

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August 2019 - Video Blog Newsletter Summary

August 2019 - Video Blog Newsletter Summary

This August I continued with Plastic Free July. 

Participated and attended a DIY beauty workshop. 

Wrote a food blog for Zero Waste Week 2019 -

How to make Masoor (red split lentils)and Moong (yellow lentils) ki Daal, this recipe was lovingly cooked by my late mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano.

 

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The Little Fair Trade Shop - Fairtrade and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Little Fair Trade Shop - Fairtrade and the Sustainable Development Goals

In this blog I explain how Fairtrade supports the Sustainable Development Goals and how I have attempted to implement them in my everyday work and life.

I have concentrated on the following SDG's, SDG1, SDG2, SDG5, SDG8, SDG10, SDG12, SDG13, SDG16 and SDG17.

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Fair Trade Ethical Living - How to make Masoor (Red Split Lentils) and Moong (Yellow Lentils) ki Daal, Recipe Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano

Fair Trade Ethical Living - How to make Masoor (Red Split Lentils) and Moong (Yellow Lentils) ki Daal, Recipe Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano

How to cook masoor (red split lentils) and moong daal (yellow lentil) as requested by my Creative Director Helen Barlow Scott.

This recipe was lovingly cooked by my late mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano.

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Fair Trade Ethical Living - Natural Beauty Workshop, August 2019, Dubai, UAE

Fair Trade Ethical Living - Natural Beauty Workshop, August 2019, Dubai, UAE

On a scorching hot and dusty afternoon, I headed to the Retold Boutique in Umm Suqueim for a a Natural Beauty Workshop with Amruta Kshemkalyani Co founder of Sustainability Tribe.

It was surprising to learn that my mothers (gram flour) besan and tumeric cleanser and (Fullers Earth) multani mitti face pack was part of the DIY beauty workshop.

To learn how to make the cleanser, face pack and scrub read my blog.

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July 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

July 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This July I edited my interview with Alex Schmidt and Marie Louise of Valy Export, Madagascar.

Participated in Plastic Free July 2019 and completed a MOOC with Future Learn titled Fashion's Future: Sustainable Development Goals Fashion Revolution 

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Plastic Free July 2019 - Fair Trade Ethical Living, Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

Plastic Free July 2019 - Fair Trade Ethical Living, Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

This year I am determined to reduce my plastic consumption and try to educate others in the process.

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Interview with Alex Schmidt and Marie Louise of Valy Export, Madagascar - April 2019

Interview with Alex Schmidt and Marie Louise of Valy Export, Madagascar - April 2019

I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from Alex Schmidt from Valy Export Madagascar mid April. 

I invited him and his wife Marie Louise for lunch to learn more about their fair trade business.

 

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June 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

June 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This June I fasted the final days of Ramadan and celebrated Eid ul Fitr.

Was very poorly and had to rest my shoulders and back.

Ordered the Traidcraft 40th anniversary 2019 resource pack

and bamboo cup.

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May 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

May 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

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.

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World Fair Trade Day 2019 - Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

World Fair Trade Day 2019 - Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY - DUBAI, UAE

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

I am very grateful to the amazing M.E.S.H team and the ever graceful Moon Sharma for their time, love and hospitality during my visit to Dehli mid April 19.

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Interview with Fairtrade Pioneer Moon Sharma of Tara Projects, Dehli, India - April 2019

Interview with Fairtrade Pioneer Moon Sharma of Tara Projects, Dehli, India - April 2019

It was an absolute pleasure and honour to meet with Moon Sharma of Tara Projects.

Apa (Big Sister) as she is lovingly known spent an evening talking about her travels around the world, Tara Projects, fairtrade and shared stories of Gateshead and Newcastle.

Apa! Thank you so much for your kindness, time and beautiful gifts.

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From Dubai to Dehli - Fair Trade Travels with Sabeena Ahmed

From Dubai to Dehli - Fair Trade Travels with Sabeena Ahmed

It was a dream come true to final land in the native 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.

I met distant family and visited 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.

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April 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

April 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This April I was asked to judge five social enterprises at the Middlesex University Dubai.

 

I travelled to Dehli, India to visit family and meet fairtrade producers M.E.S.H and Tara Projects.

 

Despite struggling with my shoulders I completed my Six Items Challenge for the eighth consecutive year.

 

I interviewed Alex and Marie-Louise of Valy Export, Madagascar.

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Social Enterprise Showcase 2019 - Middlesex University Dubai

Social Enterprise Showcase 2019 - Middlesex University Dubai

This April I was invited once again to judge 5 social enterprise businesses at the Middlesex University Dubai. 

Many thanks to Shanthi Rajan, Sandra Stevenson, Suzannah Fernandes and Dr Michael Kloep and Dr Cody Paris for their hospitality.

It was a difficult decision as all the social enterprises were winners.

Congratulations to Pentagon and their initiative Mihriban for their concept and vision.

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