Many soccer balls are made by child slaves.
WBUUC’s PeaceJam youth were shocked to learn about the brutality behind these and other items in our daily lives. They are asking administers at four schools to use only fair trade-certified suppliers for uniforms and sports gear.
Meetings start with a chalice lighting and blessing, because this work is sobering. “This is so sad,” a youth said. “A soccer ball is something we play with. And what about everything else we buy and use?”
So the group set out to find ways to identify and teach about fair trade produces. In June they will attend the Nobel Peace Prize Youth Conference with Kailash Satyarthi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for reducing child slavery in the rug industry by introducing fair trade certification.
PeaceJammers do both advocacy and service. They’ve written letters on child rights and three attended a conference on the topic. They’ve made 38 KIVA loans totaling $950 to third world entrepreneurs, cut blankets for homeless kids, and helped pack meals for low-income students – a project they hope to move into more deeply next year. New members are welcome! Write Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They’ve had a lot of fun along the way. One night, they had a vibraphone to experiment with. The room was filled with soothing music and laughter. We yearn for every child to be free to enjoy such blessings.
Acceptance speeches by 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzi at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNZNbcf5Hd8
Educational Resource on Sports Balls and Fair Trade http://www.judesfairtrade.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Sports-Balls-Case-Study_FT-A-Better-Deal.pdf