The 9th May is World Fair Trade Day!
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World Fair Trade Day 2015

The 9th May is World Fair Trade Day
World Fair Trade Day is international celebration of Fair Trade around the world and the positive impact it can have on poverty, climate change, gender inequality and many more issues. 
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum would like to encourage you to support a local Fair Trade shop this World Fair Trade Day - you can find a list of Fair Trade shops and suppliers  around Scotland here .
As you will know, Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake on the 25th April, killing and injuring thousands and affecting up to 8 million people. The Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal has raised about £40 million so far for immediate aid in healthcare, food, water and housing. 
We wanted to use World Fair Trade Day to let you know ways you can support the Nepalese people on an ongoing basis through Fair Trade goods and crafts that are sold in Scotland - a sustainable source of income is essential to recovery for the producers affected by the quake. 

You can find goods from Nepal at various places in Scotland:

The One World Shop (Edinburgh & online): bags, garlands, wool products and other craft items in stock 

The Green Gift Company : keyrings and brooches from Nepal 

Rainbow Turtle (Paisley & Online: Prayer flags (all proceeds to DEC Appeal), bags, purses, felt crafts, gift wrap and bags and newspaper pencils. 

Traidcraft also have numerous goods from Nepal that you can get online or from a Traidcraft stall/rep near you. 
Siesta Crafts
 
Rainbow Turtle had an update from their contact at Siesta Crafts as to the situation in Nepal: 
 
“It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you that the news we are receiving from Nepal indicates that one of our main suppliers and some of his family may have been killed in the earthquake. We have been told that his house collapsed during the earthquake and it is suspected that he, his wife and their eldest son were inside. This is heartbreaking news; we are told that people have been digging in the rubble since Saturday. We are still trying to contact our friends to see what we can do to help and will be updating this article on the website as and when we get more information.
 
We have been dealing with his business for over 20 years and have watched the children grow up so we are devastated.
 
On a more positive note we have today heard from all but one of our other suppliers that they and their families are safe.”
 
Get Paper Industries
 
Get Paper Industries are a paper making cooperative based in Nepal, just outside Kathmandu. They were the subject of the award winning project by the One World Shop and Edinburgh College of Art last year. 

They are one of Traidcraft's longest-standing producers and suppliers of handmade paper products, such as wrapping paper, cards, and felt.

Traidcraft were able to make contact with 
Milan Bhattarai, founder of GPI, who thankfully reported no fatalities among the almost 400 worker of Get Paper Industries. Sadly though, many of them have lost their homes as a result of the devastating earthquake.

Traidcraft are committed to supporting their producers in this difficult period. 
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