As a junior in high school I went on a service trip to the Dominican Republic to build houses for Haitian sugarcane workers. While on this trip I met a man, 75 years old, working in the cane. He told us that he cuts cane, a tremendously tiring activity, from sun up to sun down six days a week and for half days on Sundays. This man only makes three dollars a day, which is barely enough to put food on the table. He works tirelessly to harvest the sugar that ends up on the shelves of our grocery stores, that we don’t think twice about when we buy it, yet he cannot afford the a decent meal for himself and his family each day let alone the sugar he harvests. He told us he had no hope for his children’s future. This was the first time I had ever met someone who truly had no hope for the future. It left me feeling powerless. With systems of labor trafficking and exploitation, what could I do, a 16 year old that lives thousands of miles away, to give this man hope for the future?
Then I found Fair Trade and Fair Trade LA and now I know I can make a difference in fighting these systems of labor trafficking and exploitation and at the same time support food security. Fair Trade supports ethical food systems worldwide. When I donate my time and money to Fair Trade LA I know that I am helping to empower these workers to support themselves and their families; and am promoting conscious consumerism in my own community.I hope you will join me in supporting Fair Trade LA today.
Peace and Gratitude,