Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Business for Peace

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People aims to promote solidarity with the Palestine community, contributing to international awareness of the obstacles to the peace process. There is a focus on issues requiring urgent action such as the blockade of Gaza and the ongoing humanitarian crises occurring in the occupied Palestinian territory. 

The International Year of Solidarity advocates global action, but also recognises the instrumental role of those creating change in the Israeli and Palestine communities.

‘Business for peace’ is the concept promoted by Sindyanna of Galilee, selling traditional and premium olive oils, soaps and spices using fair trade principles. As a non-profit they return their profits back into educating Arab women while aiming to bridge cultural divides, encouraging sustainable agriculture, and supporting organic farming. It is a great example of Jewish and Arab women working together to provide equal opportunities in development and employment.

Fair Trade WA Oxfam currently stocks Sindyanna olive oil soaps, Dead Sea mud soaps and Za'atar Arabic Spice. Come into the store in Bayswater and give your support to both fair trade and peace in Palestine.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

World Toilet Day

We take our toilets and sewage systems for granted. It’s something we don’t often think about or want to discuss. But around 40% of the global population do not have easy access to a toilet, with the affects of poor sanitation ranging from health, education, gender equality, nutrition, to the environment and the economy. World Toilet Day is on the 19th of November, a time to highlight the need for improving sanitation.
Oxfam Australia, and the Fair Trade WA Oxfam Shop in Bayswater supports programs like ‘WaSH for Oxfam’, promoting Water supply, Sanitation and Hygiene education during emergency relief and in villages and schools. We also stock the ‘Who Gives a Crap’ range of toilet paper, tissues, paper towel and hand towels.

Started through a crowd funding campaign, Who Gives a Crap has been growing since 2013. 50% of all their profits go towards building toilets and improving sanitation in developing countries, and supporting NGO's like WaterAid Australia. And instead of cutting down trees, Who Gives a Crap's products are made from bamboo and sugarcane, proving to be environmentally friendly as well as being a force for changing health and sanitation standards.  

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Kabli Channa recipe

Earlier this year we shared Karen’s Red Lentil Dahl recipe.

With 2016 being the International Year of the Pulses, its time for another.

This recipe comes from Patricia, 

KABLI CHANNA  (Afghani recipe) 
 250g (8oz) whole chick peas
 3 cups water
 1 teaspoon ghee or oil  1 onion, chopped.
 2.5cm (inch) piece cinnamon stick
 4 cloves garlic crushed
 2 green chillies* finely chopped
 2 teaspoons ground corriander seeds
 1 large tomato,chopped
 1 teaspoon garam masala
 1 tablespoon finely chopped corriander*

Wash the chick peas and soak in the water overnight.
Add the salt and simmer till tender.
Drain reserving the water, and set aside.

Heat the ghee or oil in a pan, add the onion and fry until golden. Add the cinnamon and cloves and fry for a few seconds, then add the garlic, ginger, chillies and ground corriander and fry for 5 minutes.  Add the tomato and fry until most of the liquid has evaporated'
Add the chick peas and cook gently for 5 minutes, then add the reserved water and simmer for 20 to  25 minutes.
Add the garam masala and stir well. Sprinkle with corriander and serve immediately. 
Serves 4.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Recycle and Upcycle

It’s National Recycling Week from the 7th to 13th of November. Many of the products in our Bayswater Fair Trade WA Oxfam Shop are made from recycled plastics, paper and metal.

And they aren’t just recycled, but ‘upcycled’, the idea of creating new products from the waste materials that are of better use and quality than the original.

Come and see the eye-catching paper bowls, tablemats and coasters from Mai Handicrafts in Vietnam, or the recycled computer boxes and photo frames from TARA Projects in India.

We are open 10am-3pm Tuesday to Saturday at 5 King William St, Bayswater.

Friday, October 7, 2016

International Day of the Girl Child

Girls are our future.

On 11th October, join global efforts to ensure a world free of discrimination for young women and girls for International Day of the Girl Child. This year’s theme focuses on adolescent girls and the Sustainable Development Goals, which set targets on gender equality to be achieved by 2030.

As a vulnerable demographic in many developing countries, adolescent girls face social, economic and political barriers. While they hold the potential to become leaders and create change, this can be hindered by factors such as unwanted pregnancy, forced early marriage, gender-based violence and limited access to higher education and reproductive health services.

Many of the producers and projects that the Fair Trade WA Oxfam Group supports are empowerment focussed organisations for women, aiming to end the inequalities in their community. The income from handicrafts produced by the artisans from YWCA in Dhaka, Bangladesh benefits women through providing a vital family income, teaching many to read and write for the first time, opening up access to subsidised health care, and creating a savings programme to offer interest free loans.

Friday, September 2, 2016

International Literacy Day - 8th of September

2016 is the 50th anniversary of World Literacy Day, an opportunity to highlight and promote literacy education amongst individuals, communities and societies.  This year’s theme is ‘Sky’s the Limit’ recognising the growing digital divide in education with and between countries.

While global literacy rates continue to rise as a result of technological change, increased recognition by governments and the on the ground efforts of NGO’s like Oxfam, there are still huge disparities in the access to education around the world.

India has the largest share of illiterate adults worldwide, around 287 million people, many of whom are young girls and women. This has a ripple effect through the community, as their children are likely to suffer from the same disadvantages.

Come into the Oxfam Fair Trade WA shop to see our range of Indian handicrafts and accessories. The proceeds go towards Oxfam Australia’s programs that aim to end inequalities and lift people out of poverty. Improving education and literacy is one of the ways we can achieve this.  
You can also contribute through our Oxfam Unwrapped Gift Cards, a program which directly links your support with improving the lives of those in disadvantaged and developing communities. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

'One Humanity'

There are over 130 million people around the world who are in need of humanitarian assistance. Helping and empowering these communities takes a team of dedicated and passionate humanitarian workers, many of whom risk their lives each and every day.

World Humanitarian Day lets us recognise those on the ground in developing countries and at the frontline of creating change. This year’s celebration is inspired by the theme of ‘One Humanity’, which focuses on how the world can come together to advocate for a more equal and humane society. Oxfam Australia has volunteers and humanitarian aid workers that mobilise when a natural disaster strikes or who are part of the community they are helping, in areas affected by poverty, civil war or natural disasters.  

The Fair Trade WA Oxfam Group supports the humanitarian programs carried out by Oxfam Australia around the world, through selling fair trade sourced products and by raising awareness of global issues in the local community.

Come into the shop in Bayswater, to see how buying fair trade can help to make a big difference.

Or see how you can get involved with Oxfam at