Last week, we were invited to a meeting with the “Faith On A Friday” scheme, and were led in a session on Fairtrade from one of our Friends of the School, who also works as a CAFOD representative in her local parish. There, she educated us bloggers and some young people from Year 7, 8, and 9 on what Fairtrade is, and what we can do to support it.
What we learned is that Fairtrade actually only supports the farmer in the process of farming, which, although entitling them to a Fairtrade premium, is not the best that Fairtrade have to offer. “Divine” chocolate (by Fairtrade) proved to offer so much more. In the production of this brand, the farmer is not only given a premium for his produce, but also receives a share of the profits made in the manufacturing process, which dramatically improves not only their income, but their quality of life.
It was wonderful to see so many young people coming together to celebrate not only what they can do to support CAFOD, and to be educated on the effects of their support, but to be united as one in a celebration of faith through the charitable act of giving. It is exhilarating to see the effects of a scheme such as Fairtrade influencing more and more of our young people to give to charity in their everyday lives, and benefit from doing so.