10-Fold Emphasis for Week Five: Fair Trade
The emphasis for 10-Fold for this week is on Fair Trade. Our United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) connects consumers with Fair Trade-certified companies and other socially responsible businesses. When you choose to buy Fair Trade items, you support farmers and artisans who are paid fair wages which enable them to feed their families, send their children to school, gain access to healthcare, and much more.
UMCOR works directly with farmers through its Sustainable Agriculture and Development Program. One of the missionaries supported by several churches in our Conference, Mozart Adevu, is stationed in Accra, Ghana. He serves as the regional director in Africa for this program which enables farmers to learn new agricultural techniques and to market the items that they grow.
UMCOR also partners with Equal Exchange International who helps various cooperatives around the world to market their items throughout the world. To purchase items directly through this organization, go to the Equal Exchange Interfaith Store.
10-Fold has been a five week emphasis on a variety of outreach ministries which are supported by the General Board of Global Ministries of the UMC. When you visit 10-Fold you can trigger a US $1 donation to the week’s project by simply clicking on the Be Counted button and then registering with your email address. These matching funds are possible because of 10-Fold’s sponsors.