Join us for supper and help harvests to flourish

Big SupperThis harvest the Diocese of Rochester is inviting local churches to help make a difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest producers by holding a Traidcraft Big Supper between 23 and 29 September 2013.
The Big Supper is part of a national initiative by Traidcraft, the UK’s leading fair trade organisation, which encourages schools, churches, workplaces and any other groups to host a Fairtrade supper event this harvest season.
By holding a Traidcraft Big Supper your community can raise vital funds to support Traidcraft’s work in the developing world.  By taking part you will be helping families in the developing world to flourish.
Traidcraft’s work changes lives and you can be part of this.
Case study: Afroza Aktar attends school and is able to look forward to a brighter future thanks to the extra income that her father, Dulal Miah, gets from fish farming.  Dulal is part of Traidcraft’s Bangladesh project and has received vital training in fish farming techniques, market access and negotiating a better price for his product.  Before joining the project Dulal worked long hours to support his family but struggled to meet their basic needs.  Dulal is not alone.
Around 80% of the local community is in a similar position.  The extra income that Dulal receives from fish farming means that he will be able to provide Afroza and his other children with everything they need to thrive, things we may take for granted.  Dulal says, “I hope to earn more to meet the needs of my family, provide enough food, improve my home, provide education for my children and better health and sanitation”.
Dulal’s story is one of hope and a future brightened by abundant harvests. But there is still so much to do to help other farmers and their families work their way out of poverty.
Abi Knowles, community and events fundraiser at Traidcraft says:
“This event is a great opportunity to increase awareness of fair trade and of the issues faced by producers like Dulal in the developing world.  By holding a Traidcraft Big Supper meal for your community and raising funds for Traidcraft by selling tickets or asking for donations, you are helping to make a difference to the lives of producers across the world.”

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