I decided a few months ago that I should find some place that needed someone like me to help them get something done.
In other words, I decided to look for a volunteer position in my community so that I could give something back to my uh, world.
I found Ten Thousand Villages.
Why here? Well, I liked their vision:
"One day all artisans in the developing countries will earn a fair wage, be treated with dignity and respect and be able to live a life of quality."
I also liked what I read on their web page…
"Men and women around the world have a simple dream – to earn an honest living, provide a home, food and education for their children, and to be gainfully employed in a job that brings dignity and joy. Ten Thousand Villages partners with thousands of talented artisans in a healthy business relationship.
Often referred to as ‘Fair Trade,' our philosophy of helping to build a sustainable future is based on the principle that trade should have a conscience. Through ‘fair trade,’ artisans receive respect, dignity and hope from working hard and earning fair value for their work."
I've been told that 70% of the people we help are women from developing countries. With the help of Ten Thousand Villages these women can now support their families and give their children a better future.
It's a good thing and it's only four hours a week of my time.
I'm just a tiny cog but hey, it's a start.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi