Friday, July 8, 2016

Education out of Poverty


World Youth Skills Day, on the 15th of July, is an opportunity to recognise the importance of education and training for communities around the world.  

Inaugurated by WorldSkills International and the United Nations, the focus of the program is on the world’s youth, especially those is developing nations. According to the UN, young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and 125 million youths are working, but still live in extreme poverty.

The goal of providing educational and training facilities is to reduce unemployment and underemployment among youth, lifting many out of poverty and securing them personal growth and independence.


The Fair Trade WA Oxfam Shop supports a number of initiatives and enterprises that aim to inspire and support communities who have traditionally not had access to basic and ongoing education.

One example is the Helping Hands Project in Bolivia, which assists financially disadvantaged students in La Paz, providing them with the opportunity to receive an education and achieve independence. In 2016, through donations, volunteers and individual sponsorships, Helping Hands has been able to assist 90 students into attending high school and post-secondary education.


Come and see the wristbands handcrafted by the students in our Fair Trade Shop.

Friday, June 24, 2016

NAIDOC Week

From the 3rd to the 10th of July we celebrate NAIDOC week, a time to recognise the history, culture, achievements and the contribution made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s to our country and society.


NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

The 2016 NAIDOC theme is ‘Songlines’, to celebrate the living narrative of our nation and the oldest continuing culture on the planet. The Songlines are the journeys created during the Dreamtime that connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and are recorded in traditional songs, stories, dance and art.

We encourage all Australians to participate in the celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week. The Fair Trade WA Oxfam shop in Bayswater supports NAIDOC week and also stocks a range of products from Indigenous Australian enterprises.

Outback Pride continues the ‘Songlines’, connecting Aboriginal groups to utilise the knowledge and tradition of gathering bush food, producing herbs, spices, jams and syrups.


Better World Arts is a sustainable cross cultural project between Aboriginal artists and the Kashmir region of India. The handicrafts such as key rings, bookmarks and jewellery boxes empower both communities economically and culturally.




Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Saying Sorry to the Stolen Generations




The 26th of May is National Sorry Day, a time to reflect on the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians throughout the country’s history.

The term “Stolen Generations” refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who were forcibly removed, as children, from their families by government, welfare or church authorities and placed into institutional care or with non-Indigenous foster families. The forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children began as early as the mid-1800s and continued until the 1970s.

The first Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998—exactly one year after the Bringing Them Home Report was presented to the Parliament. The Bringing Them Home Report was the result of an inquiry into the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, and recommended both an apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and reparations.

In the Fair Trade WA Oxfam Group Shop, we support a number of enterprises that aim to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

 
Come into the shop to see our range of sauces, jams and seasonings by Outback Pride, or the handmade Murrorong Aboriginal Jewellery.


 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

International Mother Earth Day

International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.
It also recognizes a collective responsibility as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote with nature and Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.



International Mother Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports.
For many, climate change seems like a remote problem, but the reality is that it’s already affecting people, animals and places around the world. A change needs to be made. On April 22 we are harnessing the power of Earth Day to show our communities and our leadership that we want action on climate. It’s our turn to lead.




One way of making a change is through supporting enterprises which recycle everyday products, advocating for the sustainable use of Earth’s resources. Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts collects waste materials and works to incorporate the recycled goods into their products.  The recycled paper bowls and placemats from Mai’s product range are perfect examples of some of the eye-catching and practical artisan’s products, which you can come and see in the Fair Trade WA Oxfam Shop in Bayswater.