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I wanted to talk about two things that have really helped me and my family keep our focus on doing something good, and keeping our perspectives outward.
We are all citizens of the world, and it is our duty to do something- even something small- to help another human being. We are all capable of doing something. The most important thing is to draw ourselves out of our own worlds and realize that the choices we make, the things we buy, and the words we say, do affect those around us, and sometimes even affect people across the world.
One thing that has been great for everyone in our family has been sponsoring 2 children through Compassion. These kids have grown, and are excelling in their schools, and it has been amazing to cultivate a relationship with them, and know that we have the opportunity to help these kids’ throughout their lives, and to pray for their specific needs. I love the work that Compassion is doing.
For this 40 day fast, I really wanted to grow some more, in my own personal way of living. I wanted to start doing something, that was tangible and realistic for me. So, I began to research the topic of Fair Trade, and I found that it is really something amazing!
Fair Trade is, a system of trade- of products, that is enabling farmers, and people in other countries to improve their own economic status. ”Fair Trade helps farming families across Latin America, Africa and Asia to improve the quality of life in their communities.” (USA Fair Trade Overview)
As stated by one of these farmers, ”A bite of fair Trade chocolate means a lot to farmers in the South. It opens the doors to development and gives children access to healthcare, education, and a decent standard of living.” ~ K. Ohemeng-Tinyase, Managing Director of Kuapa Kokoo cocoa cooperative, Ghana
Fair Trade offers:
Fair Labor Conditions
Fair Trade products are found in most grocery stores, and online. While shopping for your coffee, chocolate, bananas, etc. familiarize yourself first, with the logos, and then purchase these products, and you are helping people in underdeveloped countries. It’s easy for us to do. It keeps our minds on something more important, and is making every cup of coffee, or bite of banana count for something.
I encourage you to research Fair Trade, and start purchasing something that you would regularly, with the Fair Trade logo, and actively help improve the lives of people, through a simple small purchase.
“We can choose to do nothing, but we need to acknowledge that this choice is not a neutral action, but rather a continuation of unsustainable behavior that will result in the world being a little worse off each day…. If most of us choose to do something to make a positive change, then the world will be a lot better off.” ~Dave Rochlin
This great video is the “Story of Fair Trade,”