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> Gift Fair 2018

ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR and BAKE SALE

An opportunity “to give gifts that give hope.”

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 from 10 AM – 2 PM

Bake Sale to benefit South Lansing Ministry Food Pantry

 

Fair Trade and other items from Michigan and throughout the world include jewelry, scarves, pottery, maple syrup, linens, woolens, wooden and other crafts made by survivors of trafficking and abuse, and other artisans struggling to support their families.

 
Amani Africa –  Amani is Swahili for “peace from above” – based in Tennessee, AmaniAfrica is a Christian based organization empowers refugee women from war torn countries by teaching them to make jewelry and other fair trade items made in Kenya, Liberia and Uganda

 

Cass Community is a Detroit-based agency dedicated to providing food, housing, health services, and job programs to the homeless of Detroit.  Jobs are provided to the homeless making sandals and doormats from recycled, illegally dumped rubber tires reclaimed from vacant lots in Detroit. Cass Community is a pioneer in developing “tiny houses” for previously homeless people with the goal of eventual home ownership.

 

CWS (Church World Service) - works in partnership with communities and local organizations to tackle poverty and injustice by providing just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, disaster and displacement.

 

Co-op of Mayan Women of Guatemala – was started by women who decades ago hosted seriously ill children brought to the United States for medical care not available in their country, One of these children now brings items made by artisans in Guatemala to sell here to raise money for more children back in Guatemala

 

Global Gifts Fair Trade Store, since 1986, has been the only non-profit fair trade store in Grand Rapids, organized and staffed by dedicated volunteers. It is dedicated to supporting a just and sustainable economic system through the sale of Fair Trade products, which ensures fair wages for artisan products and crafts. Carrying a variety of nativities, baskets, jewelry, home decor, children's toys and more from over 40 countries, Global Gifts, through your purchases, is able to ensure a living wage to artisans in developing countries, providing access to education and healthcare in addition to basic living needs.

 

Greensky Hill Indian Mission Church in Charlevoix, MI, was originally started in the 1830s by a Chippewa Indian who preached the Christian gospel to his fellow brothers and sisters. It now preserves a unique Native American heritage while serving a diverse congregation, some of whom are descendants of the original worshippers.

 

HAPI Haitian Artisans for Peace International, aims to transform Haiti through the empowerment and advocacy of women by breaking the cycle of poverty, maternal and infant mortality and broken family systems. Cards and other crafts made in the mountainous village of Mizak are then sold to help secure health, education, dignity and hope in what is often harsh and demanding primitive living. Focusing on community health, holistic education and economic empowerment, HAPI embodies the love and mission of Jesus Christ. 

Haven House is the only organization in the Greater Lansing area providing shelter to families. Haven House provides opportunities to “adopt” families to receive Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, back to school clothing, backpacks and gifts. They are also known for their fundraising cookbooks, “On the Banks of the Red Cedar.”

Healing Hands is part of Volunteers in Mission of the United Methodist Church, started in 2001 to Nicaragua. Two to three times a year, Teresa Miller takes a medical team into local villages of extreme poverty. Working alongside a local physician and local pastors, patients receive spiritual counseling as well as some assistance with their physical needs. Sometimes there are local clinics, but the patients cannot afford the medications prescribed or oftentimes, the bus fare to get to the clinics.   Teresa brings back items produced by the people of Nicaragua including wooden items and pottery, as well as coffee grown and processed in Nicaragua. The proceeds from selling these items goes to buying more medicines to take on subsequent trips.

 

Mend on the Move – is a non-profit social enterprise serving Metro Detroit that empowers and employs women survivors of abuse by making and selling jewelry made from small, recycled car parts and salvaged leather.

NBVentures (NoBoundaries)  - The hand knitted & woven woolen products are made by women/men in villages of Nainital, in the Kumaon Himalaya as part of the income generation program. nainital is located in the hill district of Uttarkhand, India which is situated at the tri-junction of Nepal, Tibet and India

Nyaka Aids Orphan Project – was founded by an Uganda man who attended Michigan State University. He then returned to his homeland and started to improve the lives of hundreds of AIDS orphans and their host families by providing basic medical care, health education, schools and micro-finance programs for Grandmothers, the typical caregivers for Aids orphans, so they can work toward economic independence. Working to help one child at a time, and one community at a time, Nyaka addresses and fosters sustainable solutions to the orphan crisis in Uganda.

 

SLM (South Lansing Ministries) – is dedicated to feeding the hungry, creating opportunity, and building community by empowering people and ending poverty.

 

Soaring Unlimited – was started in 1992 by people from mid Michigan, to the people of Haiti. It has established medical clinics in the remote mountainous regions, supports orphans going to school and are currently helping to build an orphanage.

 

Trades of Hope - Mission – to empower women to be the heroes of their own stories by offering women around the world a way to provide for their families in a sustainable way

  

WAR (Women at Risk) International uses a multi-faceted approach to give voice to the silenced cries of women worldwide. WAR Int’l seeks “ to empower wounded women, children and their villages by creating circles of protection. Our ultimate goal is to help them find true rescue and freedom in Christ. War’s programs are preventive, protecting especially vulnerable women; curative, helping to restore and empower rescued women; and supportive. WAR, Int’l serves in over 18 countries and partners with safe houses, women’s training centers, orphanages, hospitals, shelters, schools and micro-businesses.” Every $250 worth of merchandise sold can provide a woman with a job for one month. WAR, International sells jewelry and other items made by women and children recued from human trafficking. 800,000 people a year are trafficked against their will, 50% being children. “The new slavery…human trafficking, is the fastest growing segment of organized crime. 100,000 are trafficked inside America.” FBI

 

Viva Fair Trade is a fair trade business that puts the support of artisans in the developing world front and center. They sell handmade goods such as jewelry, baskets, home décor and more made by artisans who are compensated fairly. Products come from all over the world, but with a particular focus on items from Mexico and Central America.

 

Bring family, friends, co-workers and neighbors!