Activities

We have shifted: FTF-I

This to share with you again that our office has shifted from Plot No. 62-1/1, Flat No – 206, East of Kailash, New Delhi – 110 065, Delhi, India to Fair Trade Forum India, G-14, Lower Ground Floor, Lajpat Nagar-III, (Behind Haldiram’s) New Delhi – 110 024, Delhi, India. Please update it for all kind of further… Continue reading We have shifted: FTF-I

Activities · Interns

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade organises NGO meet to provide interns

Fair Trade Forum – India offers internship opportunities to the students of various backgrounds to make them understand the working of Fair Trade members in India and send them on the field visits to know more about the artisans and producers working at the grassroots level.

Mr OP Yadav and Mr Khitish Pandya attended the NGO meeting organized by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade for the arranging internship for the students. The meeting started with the welcome address by CP (GSD). CP (GSD) acknowledged the efforts made by NGOs towards sensitizing IIFT students in the social issues.

Director of IIFT welcomed the representatives of NGOs by welcoming them in the meeting. He mentioned that IIFT is completing 10 years of its association with NGOs for developing Social Awareness amongst its students. IIFT is one of the very few B-Schools which awards credits to students and evaluate their performance for the NGO attachment.

With objective of the initiative to sensitize the students to focus on the welfare of the under privileged in the society IIFT organized this meeting where OP Yadav and Mr Khitish Pandya represented FTF-I.

Institute solicited the cooperation of the NGOs for the Skill Development of students on various aspects of social engineering with this purpose FTF-I will consider offering internship to student of IIFT.

Director, IIFT, opined that the initiative will encourage the Global Managers of tomorrow to be socially responsible in their future corporate assignments. It was emphasized by Director that IIFT is committed towards the social transformation of the students and thus devotes considerable academic time for NGO activities. It was mentioned that courses on ethics and values are included in the academic curriculum of IIFT to sensitize our students regarding social values.

During the internship period, students will be exposed to the best practices adopted by all Fair Trade Member organizations, our best practices, cherished values, challenges and core activities. This interaction session with various Fair Trade organisations will sensitize the students on the selfless efforts towards the welfare of the underprivileged in the society.

Students will be educated and informed about the projects and a mechanism which will benefit them to understand a new angle for the society.

IIFT also informed that 69 NGO projects submitted by the MBA (IB) 2014-16 batch have been displayed in the library; we are hoping that Fair Trade information will also be presented with a summary about Fair Trade Forum – India brief note on the website as well.

IIFT initiated the Social Awareness Programme in 2005, in which about 2000 students have since been benefitted under the programme. This will be a three weeks programme based on the students’ preferences.

Director also apprised about the Social Initiatives which are taken by IIFT students. It was mentioned that students developed a mobile application for women’s safety named as WISH – Women in Safe Hands. The launch was followed by a Marathon with the theme – Run for Women’s Safety. This session was also attended by Fair Trade Forum – India by Ms Amy and Ms Sadhna.

Activities

‘Fair Trade India for Artisans of Chennai’

A solidarity campaign by FTF-I

FTF-I is calling for your support in the solidarity campaign for relief in areas affected by the floods that struck the South Indian regions. Several small-scale artisans have been affected and are in need of immediate help.

More than 500 died and more than U$ 3 million worth of property and infrastructures were destroyed when floods hit vulnerable areas in Coromandel Coast region of the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu (TN) and Andhra Pradesh, and the union territory of Puducherry. Tamil Nadu and the city of Chennai, home of many producers, are particularly hard hit.

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Fair Trade artisanal communities in the remote areas and villages of Tamil Nadu have reported several days of heavy rain and flooding with no access to transportation, food, water and shelter. Many small-scale artisan families are suffering loss of infrastructure and basic facilities. Many people have been displaced from their villages.  The poor hygiene and sanitation situation comes as an extra challenge at this stage. Several ongoing relief works are already being undertaken by government agencies, along with the civil society in India, but a lot more needs to be done for restoration and risk management.

To aid and support our artisan brothers and sisters in this time of need, Fair Trade Forum-India (FTF-I) along with its member FTOs (Fair Trade Organisations) is running a solidarity campaign- ‘Fair Trade India for Artisans of Chennai’, to support and help the artisan families who were severely affected in the flood prone areas of Tamil Nadu.

Many Indian FTOs are giving financial contributions in solidarity to support affected Fair Trade organisations, especially in Tamil Nadu. FTF-I is coordinating and facilitating this initiative and is planning to support through medical camps, food and shelter options.

If you would also like to support and help, you can make your contributions through FTF-I. Below are the details on how to send donations and support for the floods victims:

Account name:  Fair Trade Forum – India
Account number:  1447310188
IFS Code: CBIN0282953
Bank: Central Bank of India
Branch Name: SUKHDEV VIHAR, NEW DELHI – 110 025
Branch Code: 2953

Address for correspondence:

FAIR TRADE FORUM – INDIA
Flat No. 206 Plot No. 62-A/1, 2nd Floor
Garhi, (Near East of Kailash, A Block)
New Delhi 0 110 065
India

In case you are located outside India and would like to contribute, kindly send a mail to FTF-I at ftfindia@gmail,com and we will let you know the process.

For further details kindly contact us at ftfindia@gmail.com.

Thank You!

Fair Trade Forum-India

http://www.fairtradeforum.org

Activities · Exhibitions

MESH participates in AWA Holiday Mela at American Embassy School

MESH got the opportunity to participate in the AWA Holiday Mela on November 01st, 2015 at the American Embassy School, Chankyapuri, New Delhi.

The AWA Mela directly helps more than 50 NGO’s from Delhi/NCR in its outreach support program. The NGO’s were allowed to display their items like crafts gifts, jewellery, apparel, furniture and plants.

This event also included delicious food across the world and craft and fun activities for the children. This was followed by cultural activities like live band performances to add fun to the program.
To give you a reminder, MESH is an Indian organisation practicing Fair Trade with disabled and leprosy affected crafts artisans, for their rehabilitation. We have shops in New Delhi and Hyderabad and work with disabled artisans from all over India. MESH works with a mission to provide opportunities for disabled and people affected by leprosy to achieve social and economic integration by trading. They works to train disabled people to produce goods, assist in obtaining raw materials, MESH ensures prompt payment for goods to provide constant cash flow and working capital for continued production.

Activities · Exhibitions

Literacy India-‘Indha’ stalls at various commercial firms

The brand of Literacy India, Indha, on the occasion of Diwali got the opportunity to organise their stalls at the commercial firms like Taj Hotel Resorts & Palaces, American Express, Royal Bank of Scotland and Indigo airlines with a spread in three different cities – Kolkata, New Delhi and Gurgaon.

Diwali being the largest and brightest festival of India creates a memorable gifting experience for all buyers. Indha craft designed an eclectic array of exclusive handicraft items such as- scented candles, diyas, table runners, jewellery etc.

With a purpose to provide a wide range of products to be selected by the buyers to decorate their homes with candescent lights and diyas along with the best gifting items to exchange on the occasion, were prepared by Indha artisans displayed and sold at these various venues.

Founder of Literacy India, Captain Indraani Singh said, “Despite the day to day success every month there is a struggle to make payments, due to no capital investment. The response to the products has been really encouraging and our clients include companies like Gap, RBS, Microsoft etc. There is a lot of potential to scale up this enterprise. We now look forward to financial support through crowd funding platforms and donations from investors, so as, to take Indha Craft to a greater level.”

Commercial firms like Taj Hotel Resorts & Palaces, American Express, Royal Bank of Scotland and Indigo airlines, were quite impressed with this latest range and organized Diwali stall at their corporate avenues.

They also had a successful exhibition at radio channel 92.70 FM and deemed university BITS Pilani NSS Oasis Stall. An amazing positive response was noticed from the organizers and customers as well.

You can make a difference, as well. Every single purchase at Indha Craft, contributes to an artisan’s livelihood.

Indha Crafts, began its journey with the hope of creating a change and uplifting such women from their vulnerable & destitute conditions, through vocational training in tailoring & stitching.

Activities · Exhibitions

Activities from Sasha Fair Trade

Sasha Fair Trade at Dastkar, Gali-e-Khas, Nature Bazaar

Sasha presented Kantha embroidered home furnishing, beautiful stoles, garments & trendy bags in ‘Gali-e-Khaas’ exhibition at Dastkar Nature Bazaar, Anderia Modh, Delhi from 04th July to 19th July, 2015.

Sasha at Crafts of Bengal

Sasha in association with Bangla Natak Kolkata presented ‘Crafts of Bengal’ from 10th to 16th August, 2015 at Sasha shop. Ethnic character handmade dolls from Natungram, Agradeep from Bardhaman were displayed in the exhibition. Craft demonstration on weaving by Sital Pati Weavers was also enjoyed by visitors on 12th and 13th August 2015.

Sasha at Dessert Crafts exhibition

Sasha being very active and exited to work for the artisans participated in Dessert Crafts exhibition in Dastakar, Nature Bazaar from 21st August to 31st August, 2105 in New Delhi. Sasha store provided a wide variety of products in their collection of handmade Sarees, beautiful stoles and trendy accessories.

Activities · Exhibitions

Diwali Bazaar at Blind Relief Association

MESH participated in the Diwali Bazaar organized by Blind Relief Association from 02nd to 08th November, 2015. MESH showcased their beautiful handmade products with the presence in the mela from 05th to 08th November, 2015 at CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. A variety of items ranging from cloths, accessories, stalls, candles, diyas, home décor and other gifting items were displayed at the stall. The Blind Relief Association focuses on providing education and training to the visually challenged people, enabling them to realize their potential and be self reliant.