Photo: “For a proper cup, brew your tea leaves for 7 mins” says Victor Biwot, Operations Manager of Sireet OEP (Sireet Outgrowers Empowerment Producers Cooperative), Nandi Hills, Western Kenya. Fairtrade tea growers Victor Biwot and Esther Chepkwony visited ten towns across Devon during Fairtrade Fortnight, thanks to Fairtrade Devon.
Who grows your tea and coffee?
“Did you ever stop to think that you can’t leave for your job in the morning without being dependent on most of the world? You … go into the kitchen to drink your coffee for the morning, and that’s poured into your cup by a South American. And maybe you want tea: that’s poured into your cup by a Chinese. Or maybe you’re desirous of having cocoa for breakfast, and that’s poured into your cup by a West African. And then you reach over for your toast, and that’s given to you at the hands of an English-speaking farmer, not to mention the baker. And before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world.” The Revd Martin Luther King, Jr
Traidcraft’s Big Brew
Host a Big Brew coffee morning or afternoon tea and learn more about farmers and artisans in developing countries. Order a free pack containing everything you need to hold a Big Brew and raise money for Traidcraft Exchange. This unique trade development agency and a founding member of the Fairtrade Foundation helps communities develop successful trade, helping workers feed and educate their families, providing freedom, security and hope for the future. https://www.traidcraft.org.uk/what-we-do/
Each year for two weeks over February and March, Fairtrade puts a spotlight on trade through our Fairtrade Fortnight campaign. Together with the Fairtrade farmers and workers, and campaigners up and down the country, we highlight the difference fair trade can make to lives and communities.
Exeter Fairtrade Diocese
Over 140 parishes have committed to supply Fairtrade refreshments at their activities and services. Many more meet the criteria and could apply. Please use the application form Fairtrade Church Application Exeter Diocese and help us become a Fairtrade Diocese.
Traidcraft also provides an outline for a special church service to help you celebrate: Traidcraft Fairtrade Church Service.
For further help and advice please contact Julia Neville.