Shop Fair Trade :

WESPAC Foundation is committed to supporting and promoting fair trade, an organized social movement that promotes the payment of a fair price as well as social and environmental standards relating to the production of a wide variety of goods including handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, tea, rice, cotton, fresh fruit, and flowers. WESPAC has fair trade items and gifts in our office that we can offer to you as premiums in exchange for a modest contribution towards our social justice work.

As we launch into the holiday season next week, please consider supporting certified fair trade items as gifts for yourselves and loved ones.
 
Here in the office, we do have a few items available that I am happy to ship to you (photo attached):
 
Certain Days Calendar – Freedom for Political Prisoners – view here  $15
Colors from Palestine Calendar – https://resistanceart.com/gallery/ $20
Soap made by women in Bangladesh – SERRV – set of two – $10
West Bank ceramics – rectangular and split dish – $22; large oval $32
Cushion covers, embroidered by refugee women in Lebanon – $25
Shawl, embroidered – $45
Handbags made in India, certified fair trade SERRV – small $40; large $70
Trivets (hot plates) from Uganda – $15
Organic Equal Exchange teas – all organic – black, jasmine green, peppermint and English Breakfast – all $4
 
Thank you!

Join us on Thursday, November 19th at noon for an interactive conversation where we learn about the challenges and joys of being a cacao grower in today’s world.  Lalatiana Andrianarison, one of the Beyond Growers, will join us after a two day drive from his cacao farm to  the capital (where the chocolate factory is located), a journey spanning over 800km.

We will speak with a team in Madagascar, an island country off the coast of East Africa who work with Beyond Good chocolate, a company committed to purchasing premium cocoa directly from farmers so that they can receive the best prices for their heirloom crop and avoid outsourcing their impact to a third party certification. 

This workshop will focus on the preservation of the indigenous, endangered art of Palestinian embroidery. The workshop is centered on Wafa Ghnaim’s book, Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora, which preserves the craft of embroidery as well as the art of storytelling that is encapsulated in each traditional Palestinian motif. This workshop is open to all genders and ages but reserved for the first 15 people who register and pay. No refunds are possible. Wafa will give a public presentation in the same location following the embroidery workshop from 7pm to 8pm that is free and open to the public.  Register for the workshop here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tatreez-and-tea-palestine-embroidery-workshop-tickets-49793559878 

For generations, Palestinian women have gathered together with their daughters to work collectively on embroidery projects, bonding with one another over a cup of tea. Over time, and after the exodus of Palestinians from Palestine in 1948, embroidery has become an endangered art that has been subjected to decades of cultural appropriation. But embroidery represents more than just a village craft of old Palestine — it became the primary form of communication for Palestinian women who used needlework as a way to express their opinions, share their stories, and document their protest of occupation, war and violence.

To learn more about the project, please visit www.tatreezandtea.com.

WESPAC has exquisite hand embroidered items from the Sulafa Women’s Embroidery Cooperative in the Gaza Strip, including cushion covers, bag, shawl, ornaments. Please consider supporting these women who are the breadwinners of their families. We also have some Fair trade black and green tea, hand painted ceramic bowls and social justice calendars. I’m happy to ship items to you – please see attached:

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