Northern Michigan University (NMU) students Lisa McCarthy of Greenville, WI and Sarah Swanson of Rapid River, MI are giving presentations across the Upper Peninsula on their recent Lutheran World Relief trip to Nicaragua during which they met with coffee farmers and learned about fair trade.
This is the first of several excerpts from their presentation.
In part two, the students explain the Fair Trade movement efforts of Lutheran World Relief, Equal Exchange and the Center for Global Education.
They also take a look at Fair Trade Principals including prohibiting child labor, protecting the environment, the need for fair wages and help the entire community (not just coffee farming families).
The students describe staying with coffee farming families in a small village in a mountainous area, interacting with the children and some of the interesting and inspiring people they met.
The NMU students were among 13 Americans on a Lutheran World Relief Study Tour entitled NICARAGUA: Pour Justice to the Brim from Jan. 5-12, 2009
The group visited the capitol of Managua, and the cities/villages of Matagalpa, Jinotega and La Reyna.
Fair trade ensures fair wages, and protects women's rights and human rights plus fights poverty.
At the peak of the coffee harvest, the students visited many aspects of the industry including dry mills, wet mills and coffee cooperatives.
They spoke on Jan.13, 2009 to a group at the St. Mark's Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Marquette, MI.
LWR Study Trips
Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) at Northern Michigan University (NMU)
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Northern Great Lakes Synod (NGLS)
LWR Study Tour on January 5-12, 2009 - NICARAGUA: Pour Justice to the Brim:
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