James and Anane arrive in the UK

James and Anane arrived from Ghana early in the morning on Sunday – the first time they’d left Ghana – and their first flight! They spent the morning acclimatising (no-one can ever really prepare them for how cold it’s going to be!) – and then into town for the launch of Fairtrade Fortnight.

Looking out of the car windows, everything amazed them – but particularly the houses. “Why do they all look the same?” “Is the government responsible for supplying them to everyone?” The fact that most of the houses we were passing were over 100 years old knocked them out!

an opportunity to sample some delicious Divine chocolate

An opportunity to try delicious Divine chocolate

 Down on the SouthBank the Fairtrade Fortnight fun family day was in full swing – with lots of bananas running around, a friendly cow and lots of happy people sampling chocolate, fudge, candy floss, coffee and more. James and Anane gave their first presentation (with speaker’s nerves!) and told an appreciative audience in the Producers Tent all about life as a cocoa farmer and the changes in their lives in the 10 years since Divine was born.

Running in an egg and spoon race ended what must have been rather a surreal first day in the UK.

Anane meets a mango farmer from Burkina Faso

Anane meets a mango farmer from Burkina Faso

And there’s a packed schedule to come – and we and the farmers will be reporting everday.  This year we’ll be visiting schools all over the country and hundreds of children will hear and meet James and Anane and hear about what goes on behind their favourite chocolate treats.  Schoolchildren will be reporting from these events over the Fortnight at www.learnthings.co.uk – just use Username – fairtrade and Password – divine – to see what they say. Posted by Charlotte

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