Divine were extremely popular after setting up a dark chocolate fountain to entertain the guests. The children loved it!
Erica and Charlotte were invited to join ActionAid at their high profile panel discussion to celebrate International Women’s Day. ActionAid had brought together some inspirational speakers – Hilary Benn MP, Maxine Molyneaux, Cassandra Balchin, and Noerine Kaleeba. Noerine is Ugandan and has been involved in educating and raising awareness about HIV/Aids. She is now Chair of ActionAid International – and a really fantastic speaker. It was a really passionate and interesting testament to women’s movements and organisations worldwide. At the end, before the floor was asked for questions, Erica was introduced to the audience and invited to speak about her experience of women’s empowerment in Ghana.
Louise has been running a Fairtrade education programme, aiming to engage schoolchildren of all ages with issues around world trade, and creating new material and workshops to engage and stimulate debate. So she’s an expert! Find out more about what she’s been doing at www.dubble.co.uk where young people can sign the Chocolate Challenge Manifesto!
Back in London and off to meet the Chair of the City of London Corporation Michael Schneider and the Reverend George Bush (yes) who looks after one of the City of London parishes. Together they are getting behind Fairtrade, and supporting their colleague Emma Bara’s big push to get Fairtrade purchased by all the City businesses, and sold in local shops. These gentlemen wanted to make sure they were photographed with our special guest from Ghana.
The whole agenda for the 7th March was put together at the instigation of Carol Finlay who works for Dublin City Coucil. The project manager for the Dublin Fairtrade City project and Dublin’s bid to be the first European Fairtrade capital city.
Food can sometimes be a challenge when we have visitors from Ghana, but not today. Erica had dinner with Rose and Issac and their son Samuel in Wakefield, a Ghanaian family who have only lived here 3 years. Rose works at the local hospital. It was good to share stories of home and listen to Ghanaian music. The yams were great!