November 3rd 2018 Hadeel’s Stall in Edinburgh Eco Fair.

 

Building on the success of last year’s fair, we’re running it again this November. Another great opportunity for local green groups, businesses and campaigns to share their ideas and products with the wider community. We hope that you would like to book a stall at the fair.

International Fair Trade Charter launch

International Fair Trade Charter Launched

On 25 September 2018, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum united with 250 organisations around the world to launch an International Fair Trade Charter.

The Charter sets down the fundamental values of Fair Trade and defines a common vision towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Charter was initiated by Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organization and leading figures from both networks were in Edinburgh to celebrate its launch. Read more about the launch here.

We now urge your organisation to support the Charter.

 Download the Charter

 Download our summary document

 Support the Charter

Hadeel Stall at Scottish MAP Fundraising Event

Medical Aid for Palestinians

As with every year, Hadeel will be showcasing Palestinian products in the Scottish Medical Aid for Palestine Fundraiser. We would encourage all supporters of the Palestinian cause to participate in this important fundraising event for Palestine.

On Wednesday 5 September the UN warned that emergency fuel stocks at critical health facilities in Gaza will run out within days, unless urgent funding is secured from international donors.

incubator in Gaza hospitalHospitals, clinics, and water and sanitation facilities all only receive 4-5 hours of mains electricity per day as a result of Gaza’s chronic electricity crisis. In order to provide round-the-clock care and essential services, health facilities must therefore rely on backup generators – intended only for emergency use – for up to 20 hours per day. Fuel for these generators, provided by the UN with international funding, is set to run out imminently at some sites.

“If new funds are not received immediately, we will be facing a potentially catastrophic breakdown in essential service delivery,” warned UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory Jamie McGoldrick this week. “Some hospitals are already within a week of closing. The most vulnerable people of Gaza, who rely on public services and have limited income sources, will be the most negatively affected.”

Al Aqsa Hospital in the Middle Area of Gaza only has enough emergency fuel for one week. The UN has said that $4.5 million of funding is required to sustain these services until the end of the year.

Medical Aid for Palestinians fundraising event

Scottish Fair Trade Campaigner Conference

Scottish Fair Trade Campaigner Conference 2018

This year’s Scottish Fair Trade Campaigner Conference and AGM will take place on Saturday 8 September 2018 at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries. As usual, our AGM will take place alongside.

This year’s conference will focus on partnerships for Fair Trade. Check out the draft programme here.

Due to venue size, there is a limit on the number of people that can attend. If, after booking a ticket, you find that you can no longer attend, we would kindly ask you to cancel your booking through the Eventbrite registration page or by telephoning us (0141 353 5611) as soon as possible in order to give someone else a chance to attend.

Making Grants to our Producer Groups

In September 2017, we organised a fund-raising concert, with performances by Ayman Jarjour, the celebrated Syrian classical guitarist, and the accomplished  Choir of St Andrews and St Georges West. Over 200 people attended and (after expenses) about £3000 was raised. This enabled us to make a number of small grants to some of Hadeel’s producer groups, as follows.

Surif Women’s Cooperative, near Hebron, for embroidery materials. Surif is one of our most isolated groups, has no email and faces high costs for materials and transport. The women produce highly intricate traditional embroidery, from bibs to clerical stoles, but marketing their goods is extremely difficult.

Melkite Palestinian Embroidery Workshop, Ramallah, for materials to make purses, bags, hangings and cushion covers. This enables the workshop to continue providing vital work to support 250 part-time workers and their families.

Sindyanna, Galilee: The grant was a small contribution towards the costs of a catering course for 15 Palestinian women. This training will help the students find jobs and thus relieve poverty, with some women guaranteed work in Sindyanna’s visitor centre on completing the course.

Haneen Project, Nablus, for materials to enable development of new product lines. This will directly benefit 15 women from low income families in Balata Refugee Camp who earn a living by sewing. Hadeel’s sister shop in Jerusalem, Sunbula, is supporting Haneen in this work.

Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children, Gaza City, for ear mould materials and hearing aid batteries for the children. One hundred young people will benefit, the  majority being from families living well below the poverty line. Properly functioning hearing aids are a vital support in the children’s education.

 

In several cases, we supplemented the grants awarded by also placing new orders for goods.

Lakiya Negev Weaving, “Sidreh”

Lakiya Negev Weaving, “Sidreh”:  This project, in the Negev area of Israel, was established in 1991 as an income generating project for Bedouin women.  Working in homesteads near the village of Lakiya more than 38 (formerly 150) craftswomen continue centuries of tradition, passed from mother to daughter, by herding, spinning, dyeing and weaving pure Awassi sheep wool.

Using drop spindles and ground looms they produce quality items which are durable, dye fast and mothproof.  Lakiya is now a part of the work done by Al Sidreh, which has adult literacy and other programmes empowering women in the Bedouin community, particularly those in unrecognized villages.

We last visited Lakiya in 2016 and had lunch at the desert home of a woman participating in the income generating program. Hadeel normally stocks small rugs and cushions, but can order larger items for customers.  www.lakiya.org

Sindyanna of Galilee

Sindyanna of Galilee, run entirely by Arab and Jewish women, joined the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) in 2003.  Established in 1996, it aims to advance the Arab economy in Israel and to help preserve the land.

Olives have been the mainstay of Arab farmers for centuries.  Israeli authorities discourage sales of Arab-grown olive oil and since 1948 have confiscated over 70% of Arab-owned land. Oil which cannot be used for food is made into soap which is made by traditional methods in Nablus, then cleaned, packed and exported by Sindyanna.

As well as the original soap, other varieties are now stocked – honey, pomegranate, lemon, sage, Dead Sea mud.  Za’atar is sourced from Palestinian farmers in the Jericho area. Traditional baskets are made in a women’s project with a new centre with modern shop in Cana. Recently they began a cookery project for Arab women, hoping new skills will enable them to find work in catering.

In  2012 our study tour visited the centre and the Scots Olive Grove being developed in partnership with the Church of Scotland.   www.sindyanna.com