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First Day of School

09/01/2009 - 12:06 PM
“Thanks to Fair Trade, my family now owns a house, all four of my children have finished primary school, and two are currently attending high school. Our situation has greatly improved.” Yldefonso Riva Trigoso, APARM cooperative, Peru
As I write this, children and adults in the U.S. from pre-school to college are going back to school. Having taught in public elementary schools, I remember very well the excitement and trepidation of late August. I would spend hours prepping my classroom: working up a sweat cleaning, moving desks and chairs, sharpening pencils. I spent the night before each First Day of School sleepless with anticipation. The children of many farmers and workers throughout the developing world have not had the chance to experience the thrill of a first day of school or the pride of a graduation ceremony. Fair Trade and the work of TransFair USA work to change this. In communities from Nicaragua to Indonesia, farmers and farm workers are building schools and providing scholarships thanks to Fair Trade Certified™ wages and social premiums. btsConsider giving a Gift of Fairness that changes the world by giving educational opportunities to hardworking farming families and their children around the globe. When you give these Gifts of Fairness, your recipient will receive a beautiful, personalized eCard or you can print it out to wrap up as a present! Start giving today and know your gift is a Gift of Fairness. Give the Alphabet to a Girl: $150 Give a Mother a Graduation Invitation: $25 Give a Soccer Team to a Village: $100
09/01/2009 - 12:06 PM
09/01/2009 - 12:06 PM