Pencils for Ghana

December 1, 2012 | 0 Comments | Filed under: 2012, December 2012

The children of Bishop Pursglove School last month sent over a hundred pencils, crayons, sharpeners and rubbers to Ghana, which I took when visiting various fair trade projects. Most went to a school in the remote village of Amankwatia, which was built as a result of the Fairtrade Premium paid to the local cocoa farmers. The overwhelming message from the villagers was “Buy more fair trade” – it makes a huge difference to their lives. Cocoa from here is used in Divine chocolate bars, and in some of the Co-op’s Fair Trade chocolate.

The same message came from workers at a fair trade banana plantation I visited. Besides enabling children to go to school, the Premium is used to build wells and provide health care. The villagers themselves discuss and decide what will most benefit their community. 

Margaret Filer


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