Mission of the month

Traidcraft Exchange

In its simplest form trade should be beneficial for everyone involved.  Goods and money are exchanged and everyone is better off.  Sadly this is not always the case for millions of small producers and people in bonded labour around the world.

Traidcraft Exchange (the sister charity to Traidcraft plc) works to help the people around the world who are exploited when trading with others, trapping them in poverty.  Traidcraft Exchange’s mission is to challenge the way global trade works, to use the power of trade to create lasting solutions to property, helping producers and their environments.

A fair and just income gives you freedom, security and hope for the future.  It allows you to feed your family and educate your children.  It gives people dignity and reduces the need for charity.  For more information about Traidcraft Exchange visit www.traidcraftexchange.org or see the board at the back of church

At St Mary’s we are signed up to be a Fairtrade Church.  We serve fairly traded refreshments whenever possible.  We also hold a monthly stall stocked with fairly traded goods, foods, cards, crafts and gifts: please see the notice board in church for dates and times or ring 020 831 30246. 

We also celebrate Fair Trade Fortnight: this year it is from 24 February to 8 March.  Please see page 2 of this month's SPAN for information about our Big Brew on 25 February.