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Fair Trade Provides Life-Changing Educational Opportunities

12/17/2010 - 3:54 PM

kuapa-kokoo-photo-for-use1All around the globe, the fair prices and opportunities connected with Fair Trade are keeping kids in school. In many countries, impoverished farmers and workers often need their children to work in order to make enough to support the whole family. Fair Trade helps provide farming families with the income and stability they need to keep their children in school, instead of in the fields and factories. Ghana: Kuapa Kokoo, a cocoa cooperative, has been Fair Trade Certified for 14 years and in that time has used the special Fair Trade social premium to build four schools and two daycare centers for the children you see pictured. computerlessons1-3Paraguay: Children of the Arroyense Cooperative are being trained in word processing, typing, and Excel on computers purchased with money from sales of Fair Trade sugar. Students of all ages are given books and school uniforms to support their education from pre-school through high school graduation. India: The local elementary school received craft supplies and math materials to teach young children of tea estate workers. Nilgiri Estate cooperative members voted to use Fair Trade social premium development funds to buy school buses so that the students who live far away can get to classes. Community Fair Trade funds are also used to pay for a hostel for students who live even farther.

Shiragami, a tea picker at Nilgiri, says “Together, we have elected to use Fair Trade profits to fund a local vocational college. I have big dreams for my children. They are extremely ambitious, and want to go on to higher education.”

maria-isabel-doing-homework-with-rubi-co-op-el-dos-coocafe-costa-rica-fairtade-foundation-2002-3Fair Trade USA is working hard to make sure every Fair Trade cooperative has the chance to be successful and provide for the future of their community’s children. Garment workers in Liberia. Vineyard workers in Chile. Mango growers in Haiti. You can help. Donations to Fair Trade USA help us provide training and U.S. market access to more than 1.2 million hardworking farmers and workers worldwide.

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12/17/2010 - 3:54 PM
12/17/2010 - 3:54 PM