Fair Trade Community Rallies to Help Haitian Farmers
TransFair USA has established a special account to receive donations on behalf of Fair Trade mango and coffee farmers in Haiti. Please click here if you would like to contribute. Although more and more aid is finding its way through, conditions in Haiti are still incredibly difficult. In one mango-growing community, 200 farmer producers lost their homes. Those producers not directly affected by the earthquake are welcoming relatives who fled the capital city, unable to find food and shelter. Farmers’ small houses and simple meals have to stretch even further in this time of crisis. Amidst sorrow and disaster, there is hope. Fair Trade farmers in the Dominican Republic have rallied to help. Food packets have been assembled and distributed to farmers in need by international Fair Trade staff and volunteers. When families learned the food boxes were from Fair Trade friends and allies around the world, they said they were glad we were thinking of them. Fair Trade business partners in the United States are looking for ways to help and invest in long-term development. Fair Trade helps sustain farmers by offering a fair, consistent price for their crop and additional money to invest in community development like schools and medical supplies.
When a disaster of this proportion strikes, the Fair Trade Community must rally to help farmers feed their families until the next harvest, rebuild their houses before the rainy season, and renew their hope in the future.
The leader of a Fair Trade coffee cooperative wrote to us, “We are asking for solidarity from the Fair Trade Community in terms of medical supplies, drinking water, tents, and food so we can help the survivors that today are in distress. Some of our producers lost their children who were studying in Port-au-Prince. I hope you will think of us, all of us in Haiti, so that we can recover.” Please click here to donate via the special account TransFair USA has established to receive donations on behalf of Fair Trade mango and coffee farmers in Haiti.