Farmers and artisans directly affected by the December 26, 2004 earthquake and tsunami make some of our Fair Trade products. We are saddened to learn of their losses. To support these workers and their communities a few of our suppliers are contributing to relief efforts for and by these communities. In this article we describe more about what these suppliers (Taylor Maid Farms, Zhena’s Gypsy Teas and A Greater Gift) are doing, list resources for learning more about how the earthquake/tsunami affected fair trade communities in these areas and list resources that may help you if you are deciding how you want to contribute to the relief effort - including listing a couple of organizations helping with efforts to rebuild in a sustainable manner. You promote long-term recovery and help artisans and farmers earn the income to rebuild when you purchase fair trade handcrafts (Children of the World Mobile from A Greater Gift), coffee (Taylor Maid Farm Coffees: Sonoma Roast, Rise and Shine and Rainforest Blend) and tea (Zhena’s Gypsy Teas) from these regions.
· Taylor Maid Farms for the foreseeable future will donate 10% of its sales of products that contain coffee from the Aceh province of Sumatra, Indonesia (Sonoma Roast, Rise and Shine and Rainforest Blend) to ForesTrade/PPKGO (via Coffee Kids, an international non-profit organization established to improve the quality of life for children and families who live in coffee-growing communities around the world). The Coffee Kids website contains updates on the relief effort. You can verify that a charity is listed with the IRS via the IRS web site. Coffee Kids is listed on the IRS website
· Zhena’s Gypsy Tea reports that their grower families have all been affected with losses yet to be tallied. They have sent relief supplies to their grower’s office in
· A Greater Gift, a part of the SERRV organization describes on their web site, “SERRVA Greater Gift has worked in South and Southeast Asia for more than 50 years, supporting poor farmers and artisans in their efforts to escape poverty and build a better life.“
· Fair Trade Communities - For more information about Fair Trade Communities in Tsunami Affected Areas see Transfair USA’s website. It lists the Fair Trade communities producing coffee and tea affected by the Asian earthquake and tsunamis and a report from each community.
Contribution Opportunities - You can verify that a charity is listed with the IRS via the IRS web site. If you would like to look at numerous options for contributing to the tsunami effort the Network for Good Tsunami relief web page is a helpful resource. Network for Good is listed on the IRS web site. You can also find and check charities at Charitynavigator, GuideStar and
· Sustainable Rebuilding - Taking a sustainable approach to tsunami relief the following two architectural non-profits are working on emergency and long-term rebuilding. Both of these organizations are listed on American Institute of Architects’ Response to Tsunami page, posted on the SF Bay Area Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility list, listed on an NPR web page as well as in About.com’s article: Top 6 Organizations For Rebuilding After Disaster
o Architects Without Borders - "Architects without borders is a non-governmental, not-for-profit, volunteer humanitarian relief organization. Architects Without Borders is working with other NGO‘s (non-governmental organizations) and relief agencies to coordinate reconstruction efforts in the regions affected by the latest Tsunami in
o Architecture for Humanity - “Architecture for Humanity is a registered 501©(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1999 to promote architectural and design solutions to global, social and humanitarian crises. Through competitions, workshops, educational forums, partnerships with aid organizations and other activities, Architecture for Humanity creates opportunities for architects and designers from around the world to help communities in need. We believe that where resources and expertise are scarce, innovative, sustainable and collaborative design can make a difference.” Architecture for Humanity is listed on the IRS web site.
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