As a fair trade organization, we are dedicated to protecting children’s rights. We believe
children should be able to thrive through security, education, and play. Our fair trade
partners are passionate about these values too, and many run schools and development
centers for children of artisans and their communities. They offer financial help with school
fees, books and uniforms, and raise awareness about the importance of sending children to
school. Fair trade purchases and donations help to make these dreams a reality for marginalized students and their families.
This holiday season, we are excited to provide financial support toward three
educational projects in Nepal, India, and South Africa! We are teaming up with partner
organizations who have expressed the need for additional resources for their ongoing
community programs. With Serrv’s help, more students will have access to educational
tools to give them a better future.
Paying Student Fees in South Africa
Turqle Trading is passionate about providing sustainable employment opportunities
for nearly 500 men and women in South Africa, a country with extremely high
unemployment rates among black and colored South Africans. Through their vision
of greater family and community success, Turqle dedicates a portion of each product
sale toward paying school fees for employees’ children. With this support, children
are able to attend good quality schools in Cape Town and surrounding communities.
This year Serrv will contribute to this fund, increasing the number of students who
can gain a quality education.
Furnishing a School Rebuilt after the Earthquake
It has been over a year since the earthquakes in Nepal and there are still countless buildings, schools and homes that have yet to be rebuilt. With funding from Serrv, Get Paper Industry in Kathmandu recently rebuilt one of their schools with materials that will withstand future earthquake shocks. Over 200 children and teachers are delighted with the new classrooms, though they don’t yet have desks and chairs and currently sit on the floor for class. Serrv will provide funds for these furnishings and supplies as well as funding to help more girls attend school.
Giving Marginalized Children Basic Education
Tara Projects in India has a jewelry workshop in a Delhi slum called Shri Ram Colony. The community suffers from a lack of standard amenities and the majority of families live in extreme poverty. Recognizing the need to support children here, Tara founded a learning center where kids can gain a basic education and learn about their rights and role in society. The center currently enrolls 60 children, mainly girls, and strives to increase that number to 100 over the next few months. Serrv is committed to deepening the center’s impact through providing stipends for teachers, learning materials for students, and more.
The holiday season is a time to consider those who are struggling in the world and how we can respond to their needs. At Serrv, we believe education is a crucial tool needed for families and communities to break the cycle of poverty. By providing education for children and fair wages to adults, Serrv and our fair trade partners have a direct impact on poverty now and over the long term. We are proud to support our partners’ projects that are giving children hope and opportunity for a better future!