Why Bother?

Why Bother?

We all have basic needs. Food, water, shelter and access to proper healthcare. When these basic needs are not met on a regular basis, one is not able to move forward in life to better themselves through education and employment. That just doesn’t seem fair, does it? This keeps a peron trapped in the cycle of poverty, and makes them especially susceptible to being trafficked through bonded labor or as a sex slave.

We all have the ability to make our voice be heard. We all have the ability to take steps toward making this world a better place. Sometimes we may not know where or how to start, or even question if it matters at all. I’m just one person.

So why bother? Your small purchase of fairtrade coffee, jewelry or artwork can’t possibly change the world. You would be right. However, when your purchase combines with my purchase, and that combines with our neighbors purchase- we see the tide change. We see moms and dads being able to feed their children, have access to clean water and send them to school. Don’t ever think that your part is too small to matter.

Fairtrade is a system focused on alleviating global poverty, and promoting sustainability through ethical global trade. It respects and appreciates the hard work of people. It provides a living wage for marginalized producers. Fairtrade is anti-slavery and anti-child labor, it supports conservation of our environment, and empowers woman and minorities.

Every time we spend our hard earned dollars we are casting a vote as to what kind of world we want to live in. What kind of world we want to leave to our children and grandchildren. As I write this blog, I am back in Haiti once again, looking at the poverty first hand. The needs are endless, and always seem overwhelming. I can choose to say why bother, because the need is too great, or I can choose to help the one that’s right in front of me. That is a decision that is up to each of us.

Continue to bother. It’s worth it. I promise.

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