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Prayer news for the Methodist Church in Sierra Leone

Warm greetings and a very big thank you for your support for the Methodist church.

For your information we have been given permission by our government to open our churches since three weeks ago.

Services have started though some of our members are yet to see others going to church for fear of covid 19. However the cases are now going down and since the coming of covid only 67 deaths. The attendance in church is by strictly observing all the covid guidelines.

With regards violence there has not been any serious incident yet. There is a relative calm for now. Our schools have been opened only for those who were to sit exams. The primary schools have their NPSE Which is the NATIONAL PRIMARY SCHOOL EXAMINATION on Monday 3rd August 2020.

The form three in secondary school and SSS3 are awaiting to take their own exams very soon after which the schools will be opened for all school going children. We are thankful to God since the opening of schools we have never had any case from any school yet. We hope and pray that nothing will happen to our children.

We have rescheduled our Conference in October to take place in Kenema with a limited number of members and is going to be only for two days. Only some major issues that will be discussed such as stationing and probationers etc.

We have also done some restructuring in the office. We have retired our Director of administration and the Accountant also will be leaving at the end of this month.

We have now employed one personnel who will now take over the two positions, the Director and the Account department. Always remember me in your prayers.

Once more I thank you very much for your help.

Stay safe and be blessed.

Bishop Mark
Methodist Church in Sierra Leone

Fairtrade Towns News

With 2020 set to be the hottest year on record, it’s more important than ever that the global Fairtrade community stands together to face the challenges of our rapidly changing climate.

Without fairer prices, farmers and workers who are already fighting the impacts of climate breakdown are unable to adapt and invest in making their farms sustainable. At Fairtrade, we know that when many voices call in unison, they can be a powerful force for change.

That is why we are part of the Climate Coalition (a UK-wide group of charities, businesses and campaign groups pushing for action on climate change). This summer, the Climate Coalition are calling on local community groups to sign a declaration announcing their support for action on climate change. We thought Fairtrade communities like yours would be keen to get involved! This is the perfect time to share your own commitment to supporting farmers and workers on the front line of the climate crisis by raising awareness on the links between trade justice and climate justice in your community.

Sign the community declaration now

To support you, we have created a new climate film to help you talk to others about how choosing Fairtrade means farmers and workers can fight against climate change in their communities.

We know that you will be missing holding your usual events, stalls, coffee mornings and all the other amazing things you do to raise awareness of Fairtrade locally, so this is one way that you can share the message safely right now. You could even hold an online meeting or talk to share the film alongside a Q&A explaining how Fairtrade works against climate breakdown.

Our Fairtrade and Climate Justice webpage explains how Fairtrade tackles climate change so you can refresh your memory on the main points! There is even a helpful presentation you can download and use.

Over the coming months, we will be sharing more resources to support you on talking about Fairtrade and the climate crisis, as well as joining the coalition to call for international commitments to a green and fair recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, ahead of the UK’s hosting of the COP26 UN climate summit next year.

Stay tuned for more updates but in the meantime, join others across the UK in becoming part of the change we need by signing the declaration.

Thank you for all your support.

Sarah and Chrysi
Communities Campaigns Team
Fairtrade Foundation

Fair Trade News – Nestlé to stop using Fairtrade cocoa and sugar for KitKat bars

This is not good news, so we'll get straight to it. Nestlé have told us that from October they will stop using Fairtrade cocoa and sugar for KitKat bars.

For those cocoa and sugar farmers, the timing is terrible. With the global health and economic crisis threatening their future, co-operatives representing 27,000 farmers now face losing almost £2m of Fairtrade Premium each year, along with the security and power Fairtrade has offered over the past ten years.

The affected farmers we've spoken to have told us they want to remain Fairtrade. And the Ivorian Fair Trade Network has today released a powerful letter, which we've shared on our website, explaining why this is such a damaging decision.

Read their full letter and the Fairtrade Foundation's official statment on our website

The Ivorian Fair Trade Network chose to speak out because Fairtrade offers these farmers a secure, fairer income and the power to decide how to spend that income.

We're deeply disappointed Nestlé have failed to promise farmers that this income and their decision-making powers will be protected in future.

Just last year, we saw a 23 per cent increase in Fairtrade cocoa sold in the UK, including new commitments from Lidl and Waitrose and Partners, and over 50,000 of you told our government all cocoa farmers deserve a Living Income.

And 10 years of Fairtrade KitKat has made a big difference on the ground too.

For example, Ivorian cocoa farmers have used their KitKat Fairtrade Premiums to build more classrooms and dispensaries, as well as investing in support for women to grow their businesses.

We need to make sure that the voices of farmers losing these benefits are heard loud and clear.

That's why we're sharing the Ivorian Fair Trade Network's letter today, and why we've been listening to farmers who'll be affected by this decision to understand how we can offer our support.

We’ve spoken to farmers as a priority so we can represent their concerns, but we also want to hear from you.

How do you feel about this decision? And what do you think needs to happen now? Tell us by filling in this quick form, or by replying to this email. And watch this space for more ways to support the affected farmers very soon.

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK

Make no mistake, if Nestlé don't reverse this decision farmers will lose out. So now more than ever, we need each and every one of you to keep choosing Fairtrade and speaking up for farmers.

Thanks for your support - we'll be back in touch soon.

Stefan
Fairtrade Foundation, Supporters' Team

Traidcraft Newsletter 19 June 2020