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Cup of tea anyone?

Hot and refreshing, nothing beats a good cup of tea. Making it, and popping that little tea bag into a steaming cup just gives you a happy feeling.

But happy feelings aren’t necessarily what the farmers and workers have when they are growing and harvesting the tea. Many work long hours, are underpaid, and live in poverty. Health clinics, running water, electricity and adequate schooling for their children are just things to dream about, rather than a reality. They often cannot even enjoy a cup of tea that they’ve grown themselves.

Thankfully, Fairtrade is working to bring better working conditions, better pay and better community facilities and infrastructure to these people. Farmers associated with Fairtrade now wear smiles as they see their kids furthering their education, bridges being built to connect isolated villages, and medical clinics opening to provide help for the sick.

Each year, Fairtrade week highlights the need for more support for these and the many communities who are not yet benefiting from this organisation.

One way of raising awareness is getting our local schools involved. Here in Lewisham, primary schools have been studying the lives of people around the globe who produce goods such as tea and the great things Fairtrade do.

Encouraged by Lewisham Council, Lewisham kids have been designing Fairtrade posters to enter a competition where the winner’s poster is used on the side of one of our recycling lorries. This year’s winner was Isla Prosser from All Saint’s Church of England Primary School.

Winner of the Fairtrade poster competition, Isla Prosser stands proudly infront of her art work with Cllr Onikosi

Winner of the Fairtrade poster competition, Isla Prosser stands proudly infront of her art work with Cllr Onikosi

By choosing Fairtrade products you’re helping to transform the livelihoods of more than 1.4 million people in 74 countries around the world! I’d have a cup of Fairtrade tea to that!


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World Fairtrade Day Poster Competition Winner!

This year’s World Fairtrade Day was on Saturday the 11th of May and Lewisham children were asked to design a poster or collage in a competition to display on a Lewisham recycling vehicle.

Fairtrade is an organised social movement whose aim it is to help producers in developing countries and to make better trading conditions for their produce whilst also supporting the aims of sustainability.

Fairtrade advocates the payment of a higher price to exporters as well as higher social and environmental standards and focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries. Exports from Fairtrade countries include:

  • Handicrafts
  • Coffee
  • Cocoa
  • Sugar
  • Tea
  • Bananas
  • Honey
  • Cotton
  • Wine
  • Fresh fruit
  • Chocolate
  • Flowers
  • Gold

Many of the above products are available in most supermarkets. Look out for the Fairtrade logo on the packaging. More information on the Fairtrade movement and it’s work can be found on the following link: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

For this years World Fairtrade Day, children were asked to show links between their own lives and those of a child in another country.

The winning entry was designed by Rohan Praveen who is 8 years old and from St William of York School.

image: Fair Trade Poster

Rohan’s poster was chosen from over 100 entries from schools throughout the borough, and we loved it for it’s inspiring slogan “Nature Asks Us To Be Fair!”

The photograph below is of Rohan with the recycling vehicle which now carries his winning design and can be seen driving around the borough on weekdays collecting and emptying recycling bins. Well done to Rohan!

Image: Rohan Praveen with Recycling Vehicle