THIS year, Christian Aid Week runs from May 15-21 and in Solihull to mark the occasion Christian Aid are having a Fun Day with transformational coffee on Saturday May 14 in Shirley Park.
During the Fun Day, visitors will have an opportunity to sample coffee from Nicaragua, where Christian Aid works with its partner organisation Soppexcca (Society for Small producers, Exporters, Marketers and Buyers of Coffee). Christian Aid, with Soppexcca, work to help small coffee producers organise themselves into co-operatives, so they can get a fair price for their coffee.
The Nicaraguan farmers receive training to help with marketing and sales so that they can reach new customers and earn a better living. The fair-trade premium goes into a social fund to benefit the whole community, for example to invest in schools and health care. Their lives have been transformed through coffee. Gustavo Adolfo Talavera, a farmer from Los Alpes in Nicaragua said: “I was one of the founders of the cooperative, since its creation in 1997.
“I have fought for this community for years. Thanks to God I have been able to feed, clothe and educate all of my family, thanks to God and the credits from Soppexcca.
“With funding from the social fund and help from Soppexcca and other donors, we built the school by ourselves.”
The Fun Day is at The Bridge, 234 Stratford Road, Shirley from 2.30pm to 5pm, and all are welcome with free entry. Christian Aid are encouraging people in the area to come and enjoy bouncy castles, face painting, stalls, raffles, food and refreshments. There will also be cupcake workshops and drumming workshops running throughout the day for both adults and children (additional charges).
To find out more about the Fun Day or Christian Aid’s work around the world, contact Christian Aid Birmingham on 0121 200 2283 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.