Sometimes all it takes to put your Compassion into Action is buying a cup of coffee or lighting a candle.
Since 2008, Week of Compassion has partnered with Disciples Home Missions and Equal Exchange to involve more Disciples in supporting small farmers around the world through the Disciples Coffee Project.
For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and foods Disciples purchase through the Coffee Project, 15 cents per pound goes to the Project's Small Farmer Fund, supporting food security projects through the Disciples' local partners, including small scale agricultural and anti-hunger projects. These projects are located in countries in which Equal Exchange coffee is grown and harvested. That fund amounted to $1,771.09 in 2012 alone!
Every October, Week of Compassion joins with smallholder farmers, artisans, their partners, and other supporters to celebrate Fair Trade Month. If you've ever considered serving fair trade coffee at your church, holding a unique fundraiser that reflects your commitment to smallholder farmers, or if you would like to make fair trade chocolate, coffee, and tea a part of your household routine, Fair Trade Month is a great time to start something new. What's more, by choosing to support fair trade through the Disciples Coffee Project, you are making your purchase count twice--whose co-ops are at the heart of Equal Exchange and in lives and livelihoods of those investing in food security projects in their communities.
You can even make more of an impact with a purchase from the Congo Coffee Project, and support life-saving treatment, counseling and aftercare programs to more than 2,000 survivors of sexual violence each year at the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
For the last several years, we've also partnered with Prosperity Candle, whose fair trade model provides living wages for refugee women whose lives are transformed when they become artisan candle makers. Our unique partnership with Prosperity Candle means that a portion of your purchase goes to support Week of Compassion's Women's Empowerment Fund. It's an incredible way to give a gift to someone you care about and at the same time impact the life of a woman, her family, and her community.
If you've ever wondered about how your choices as a consumer might make a better impact in the world, why not choose October--Fair Trade Month--to make your new commitment? Why not choose to put your Compassion into Action with a votive, some tea, or by passing out fair trade chocolate to trick or treaters?
Why not start today?
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This week's responses:
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
Lebanon, Food Security