2.6 Baking Challenge in aid of Traidcraft Exchange

Stephen and Anita Beer are ‘flexing their baking muscles’ in response to the 2.6 Challenge to raise money for charities that are loosing out due to the London Marathon not taking place last Sunday.

The aim is to make 26 boxes of cakes; one or more can be secured with a donation to Traidcraft Exchange.

If you haven’t heard from us personally, that’s because we either don’t have your email or home address or because you you may live too far away for Anita to deliver to you on her daily walk — or because you do your own baking!

Should you want to know more, please ring 01858 440988.

And why are we supporting Traidcraft Exchange?

The letter just received from the CEO at Traidcraft Exchange says it all:-

A couple of months ago I was in Mumbai, meeting with our India and Bangladesh teams to discuss Traidcraft Exchange’s plans for the future. We didn’t know then that the lives of billions of people were about to be turned upside down by the coronavirus.

As CEO of Traidcraft Exchange, I wanted to write to you personally to share what life is like for the poor people we support in developing countries.

For some communities we work with, the impact of the lockdown has been immediate and devastating.

Migrant workers in Bangladesh and India have been left without work. Not registered for the government support available, and used to living hand to mouth, people are struggling to survive. Many are travelling hundreds of miles on foot trying to get back to their home villages.

Our partners have been amazing in adapting our programmes to meet these challenges - running a helpline, linking people up with transport and local support services, and critically, providing food.

Garment factory workers across Asia are also facing extreme hardship. Factories have been closing as orders dry up. Some have not even been paid for work they did back in March. That's why we're calling on UK clothing brands to honour their existing contracts and not to leave workers destitute.

For others we work with, the impact is less immediate but equally serious.

The crunch point for the farmers we support will come when they need to harvest their crops and sell their produce. Without access to transport and many markets closed, will they be able to do this? How will they navigate a completely new set of circumstances? As yet, we just don’t know.

We have never faced a pandemic of this magnitude before nor have we had to manage such unprecedented levels of uncertainty. At Traidcraft Exchange, we are focusing our resources on responding to the immediate needs of communities who are most vulnerable and most affected by this crisis. But we’re also turning our attention to how we can support people beyond survival - to recover and rebuild their businesses and livelihoods.

We wouldn’t be able to react so quickly to help those in need without your continued support - thank you; it really is appreciated.

But as we hope to return to some form of normality in coming months and years, this crisis has reminded us that a return to 'the way things were' is simply not good enough.

The coronavirus is shining a spotlight on the huge inequalities and injustices that lie at the heart of our international trading system. People working at the bottom of global supply chains, have been living in extreme vulnerability and poverty for far too long.

As we look to recover and rebuild for a different future, we are working hard to ensure that it is a better and fairer world that we create.

At this difficult time, let me once again thank you, wholeheartedly, for joining us in this journey.

Charlotte Timson
Chief Executive Officer at Traidcraft Exchange