On Wednesday February 5 IES THADER students and participants in Euroscola attended a briefing to better understand what the Fair Trade. This has been one of the activities that made us really think about what happens around us, even that we can contribute to each of us.
Fair Trade is an organized social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability. Members of the movement advocate the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as higher social and environmental standards.
First of all, we decided to put a stand in our high school, for a week. We raised €325.
Then, in the medieval market also in our town, on the stand we sold products such as jewellery, food like chocolates, coffee and gifts. While some of us were taking care of the clients and the stand, others went around the streets giving pamphlets and telling people about the Fair Trade. We got a lot of money in the end.
Working with the volunteers and colaborating with the Fair Trade project in our town in general has been great, because it has made us aware of how unfair is the work situation in some countries, and we have learned that it costs nothing to help and make that change.
Fairtrade is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. When farmers can sell on Fairtrade terms, it provides them with a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their every day shopping. When a product carries the Fairtrade mark it means the producers and traders have met Fairtrade Standarts.
During our Easter holidays, our group decided to help needed people, by giving food to the homeless on the streets. Our aim was, as well as helping people, showing the job that organisations that dedicate themselves to assisting people do. We went around our town giving out food (such as sandwiches, fruit and water) to those begging on the streets. We also donated the food left to "Cáritas", a charity house in our town. Even though the hot weather made it hard to walk around, the smiles on people's faces when we talked and helped them made it worth it.
Taking advantage of the contacts that this and other international projects in which our school participates provided to us, we have promoted our project Eursocola 2015 with many people both Spain and around the world.