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Education

Our vision is to continue the fair trade with the farmers and people in West Africa. AFTS wants to make sure that the citizens get a fair return for the work they provide. We want to make sure that people can provide for themselves instead of just handing things out to them. “Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime”.

Here are some notable projects AFTS took part in

Dakateli College

The AFTS raised funds for the building of a college in Senegal. We had been asked by the “Parents Association of Students of Dakateli” to help with the building and operating costs of a new college built by World Vision in Senegal. World Vision approached the Parents Association about building a new college that would eventually be operated by the government. In order for this project to succeed, World Vision needed the local villagers to contribute 10% of the cost associated with this project. The college was completed by late 2013.

Even though World Vision has asked for a small percentage of the total cost, the Parent Association knows how poor most people are in the village. They simply cannot come up with this money alone. The AFTS in partnership with the Parent Association would like to thank you for helping support this college. By purchasing our products to the
AFTS, you are helping make the dreams of so many students come true.

We will be posting updates about the college so check back soon!

School Lunch Program

Since March 2008, the African Fair Trade Society has been funding a school lunch program at the l’ecole Dakateli.

Thanks to generous donations from groups such as the Nicola Valley Book Club, our school lunch program is going strong and is one of our most noticeable achievements. We believe that since this lunch program was started two years ago, school enrollment has more than doubled and is one of the major contributing factors in World Vision’s decision to build a college in Dakateli.

School Table and Chairs

As part of Ba Cisse’s trip home to Senegal, he decided to help out a very desperate school. To read about his journey home and the remarkable story about a school in need, please read A Chair for All.

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