Fairtrade Fortnight is celebrated this year from 22 February to 6 March. Margaret is still able to obtain discounts from Traidcraft – https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/, and probably from Just Trading Scotland – https://www.jts.co.uk/. Please contact her if you would like her to put in an order to be delivered directly to you.
The latest newsletter reports that, in addition to addressing the impact of Covid 19, the Methodist Relief and Development charity has continued its work with and to support communities addressing drought and water-supply issues in Zimbabwe; the rebuilding of Rohingya refugees’ homes after a fire in the Kutupalong Camp in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh; relief & rehabilitation from the August earthquake in Haiti; and restoration after cyclones’ devastation affected over 3 million people across southern Africa.
This climate crisis hurts us all. But people living in poverty fight the worst of it every day.
From drought to flooding, climate change robs people of control over their lives. Extreme weather means people like Rose are struggling to survive without a reliable source of water.
Your gift could help a community build an earth dam, so when the rains do come, they will have the water they need to live. A reliable source of water will help families withstand long drought or relentless rainstorms.
Action for Children’s Christmas fundraising campaign invites you to be a Secret Santa, donating money either directly, or through a virtual gift to a friend, to enable children with whom the charity has contact to enjoy Christmas.
Action for Children has published a report Childhood during coronavirus, highlighting the needs of the families with whom they have been working, they held they have given, and what they would like governments to do to alleviate child poverty.
You can help prevent people from suffering and dying due to the health and economic impacts of the pandemic by supporting calls for a debt ‘jubilee’ – requested by governments of poor and vulnerable countries. This would mean debt repayments of poor countries are cancelled during this crisis.
A degree of debt relief was granted in April of this year, but this did not go nearly far enough.
Will you call on the chancellor, Rishi Sunak to broker a more ambitious debt relief deal for the poorest countries?