Bangladesh Artisans

cheeky-monkeyWeekday mornings at my house can be quite crazy! One of the most common discussions (and, might I say, whining?) surrounds the topic of what my children will eat for breakfast.

The dilemma isn’t what we have in the house to eat. Quite the contrary! The problem is deciding what they would like to select from the multiple options available to them.

When we think of child hunger, our thoughts immediately turn to developing countries. Hunger statistics from the World Food Programme state that 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world.

Through long-term, fair trading relationships with artisan partners in marginalized communities, Ten Thousand Villages has been making an impact on child hunger around the globe since 1946.

But hunger isn’t just a “far away” concern. Conference Board of Canada statistics state that 1 in 6 Canadian school-age children live in poverty.

Web PSDsFor the second year in a row, Ten Thousand Villages is pleased to take our fair trade practices one step further this holiday season. We’re supporting Breakfast for Learning in the fight against child hunger here in Canada, in addition to overseas, through our global network of artisans. Breakfast for Learning is one of the largest national charities dedicated to nourishing children and youth by supporting breakfast, lunch and snack programs.

Since 1992, Breakfast for Learning has helped 3.6 million children and youth enjoy over 554 million healthy meals and snacks. This school year, they will fund 2,174 programs in 1,899 schools spread across every province and territory in Canada. That represents 271,663 children fed and more than 44 million nourishing meals and snacks served!

$2.00 from the sale of each of our “Angels to Apples” ornaments will be donated to Breakfast for Learning. Our exclusive angel ornament was handcrafted by the artisans at Saffy Handicrafts (Social Action for Filipino Youth) in the Philippines using the translucent, off-white capiz shell of the windowpane oyster and shimmering painted wire. These unique features give each ornament its exquisite look. Nestled in a handmade paper box from Get Paper Industries in Nepal, it’s ready for gifting!

When a child is hungry, it’s difficult to learn. As a mother, my heart aches for children both overseas and in Canada who face hunger on a regular basis. While our Angels to Apples campaign can’t result in every tummy satisfied, we are excited to be able to put our donation into the hands of Breakfast for Learning, as they work to ensure Canadian children and youth attend school well nourished and ready to learn, helping them reach their full potential in the classroom and life.


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