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?
Fairtrade Kya Hai? What is Fairtrade? - Hindi/Urdu
M.E.S.H, Dehli India,
the lovely Tina modelling handwoven scarves
M.E.S.H Dehli India, hand embroidered Kashmiri bags
M.E.S.H Dehli India, hand embroidered towels napkins aprons
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
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 I recorded a video about fairtrade and have attached the video below.
World Fair Trade Organizations 10 Principles of Fairtrade, English
World Fair Trade Organizations 10 Principles of Fairtrade, Arabic
WFTO AND THE 10 PRINCIPLES OF FAIR TRADE
Fairtrade Mums at the Home Grown Children's Eco Nursery,
If you are a teacher, educator, parent or part of an interfaith group I would love to hear from you.
Please contact me by leaving a message and commenting below and writing to your fair trade towns coordinator to learn more about how you can get involved with fair trade.
At present I'm trying to establish a fairtrade educational and interfaith network in Dubai.
Children at the Star International School, Mirdif, Dubai
with Sabeena Ahmed learning about fairtrade bananas
With the help of my creative director Helen we've created a little reminder of how easy it is to support fairtrade producers and be ethical at the same time.
We hope you will find it useful.
Helen Barlow Scott and Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai, UAE
TOP 10 TIPS TO FAIR TRADE AND ETHICAL SHOPPING
1. Seek Fairtrade, organic, slave free and eco friendly labels.
2. Support socially conscious brands.
3. Buy only what you love and be selective
and ask 'Who made my clothes?'
'Do I really need to buy it?'
4. Do your research if you can't see where the product is made the company does not want to know.
5. Think beyond the end result where did the sourcing happen and what is product made of?
6. Reduce waste by avoiding disposable products.
7. Shop locally and support independent designers and boutiques.
8. Shop vintage and upcycled for truly unique products.
9. Speak up - ask designers and shops where their products are made.
10. Make it yourself and impress your friends with your new found skills.
HAPPY SHOPPING, SEWING AND CRAFTING! :)
Thank you once again to Ms Moon Sharma, Mathew KK and the M.E.S.H team for the hospitality, love and kindness.
Best wishes to all fairtrade producers, artists, supporters, volunteers and friends around the world for being the voice and change for social, environmental and trade justice.
RESPECT, STAY STRONG, PEACE AND BLESSINGS!
Thank you to the wonderful M.E.S.H team
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This month I continued to heal from surgery.
Supported the Black Lives Matter Movement by forwarding links about organisations, activists and consultants promoting equality and diversity in the workplace to Sian Conway of Ethical Hour.
Was accepted on the prestigious World Literacy Foundation Ambassador 2020 Program.
During the last week of Ramadan, June/July 2016 on a hot bright sunny morning I took a flight to Beirut, Lebanon.
I'd never been to an International Fair Trade Towns Conference but was excited to know that I would be representing the United Arab Emirates.
This month I continued to heal from surgery.
Embraced Ramadan 2020 under Covid-19 conditions by participating in Observing Ramadan in Britain/Overseas Research project.
Supported World Fair Trade Day 2020, Dubai, UAE by recording a video and promoted fair trade artisans.
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