On Saturday 14th May we will be celebrating World Fair Trade Day at Fair and Fabulous. World Fair Trade Day was started in 2001 by WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation) members and is an initiative of WFTO that falls on the second Saturday of May each year. It is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation, climate change and the economic crises that has the greatest impact on the worlds most vulnerable populations. WFTO are asking us all to be an ‘Agent for Change’ and on Saturday 14th May we are very happy to be hosting a group that is being an Agent for Change in Uganda.
Retired GP, Ann Jay, will have an exhibition about the work of FLOW (Friends of Luwero) and is part of the charity Care for Uganda which is involved with education, child sponsorship and community projects. Luwero is a ‘county’ of Uganda, which suffered badly in the war about 20 years ago and is still an area that is relatively under resourced in a country with few resources. FLOW is a group of GP’s, Hospital Doctors and Midwives who are trying to improve health care especially maternal and child health through education and the provision of motorbike ambulances to make it easier to access clinics and hospitals in emergencies.
FLOW finances and helps with training of village health workers who in turn teach and lead others in training. For example they encourage people to dig latrines, use mosquito nets, undergo immunisation and make tippy taps. A tippy tap is a cheap way of providing clean water for hand washing and the hope is to get one outside each latrine. It’s a really simple thing you can make from recycled containers and bits you find laying around. They can be constructed in minutes. FLOW has been able to attract grants from the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) and Wales for Africa which help make their work possible but the group also does other fundraising activities.
So Ann will be with us on Saturday 14th May, not only to tell you about the work of FLOW but also to sell beautiful Ugandan Crafts, the proceeds of which will go back to Uganda to support the valuable work FLOW does.