[Translate to Englisch:] Emso liebt Bananen aus fairem Handel. / Emso loves fair trade bananas. (Illustration: EMS / Gert Albrecht)
28. April 2017
An elephant and a fair banana
Campaigning for fair trade
An elephant travelling by tube? Yes, this happened last week in Stuttgart! I went to the exhibition halls near the airport. Like every year, the spring exhibitions opened their doors – among them also the exhibition on fair trade and global responsible action, called “FAIR HANDELN”. The Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) is also present every year with an own booth. You can buy international products there and it is also a good opportunity to mingle with people and to have interesting talks about the EMS and projects and programmes which are supported by the EMS. I was totally excited to visit the exhibition and the EMS booth because I am also a big supporter of fair trade products.
Emso und Gabriele Radeke vom Deab sind eins mit dem fairen Handel / Emso and Gabriele Radeke from Deab (NGO) are one with fair trade. (Photo: EMS / Kallenberger)
Workshop for children
While ambling through the exhibition halls, I saw a lot of children and I immediately invited them all to our little workshop about fair trade bananas. So many of them followed my invitation and came to the children's hour in the WORLD:LOUNGE. We had a lot of fun by singing songs and dancing together and talking about the words "fair" and "unfair" and where we use them in everyday context.
A Journey to Dini in Tanzania
I told the children about my journey to Tanzania. I visited a banana plantation there and I got to know Dini, a worker on the plantation. Every day Dini is surrounded by those huge banana trees. He fosters and cultivates them and he is also responsible for the harvest of the bananas. I found him to be a happy man because the bananas of plantation he works on are fair trade bananas. That means - among other things - that Dini earns enough money for himself and his family so that his children are able to go to school and that he can go and see a doctor or buy medicine when someone is ill. This is not to be taken for granted. That is why fair trade is so important for the working and living conditions of the workers. During my trip to Tanzania I took a lot of pictures with my camera. All those pictures I put into a suitcase and brought it with me to the workshop. The children were curious about the pictures in the suitcase. So they took the pictures - one after the other - out of my suitcase and I told the children about the stations of a banana on its long trip into other countries - in this case to us in Germany.
Fair trade is fun!
It was a fantastic experience for me to talk with so many children about fair trade. It made me really happy. After the workshop I also had a lot of fun by walking around the exhibition and by looking at, trying and tasting the fair trade products ... I also bought some of them - of course J
Elefantastic and fair regards
Emso the elephant
Emso loves to support fair trade
I accompany children on their journey worldwide. You can always count on me, I am totally curious. Discovering the world with me is exciting.
Emso is now a two meter high blue puppet and is on the way for children worldwide. It took a lot of needle stitches, but finally the elephant made out of cloth has arrived in Stuttgart. Here you can read what this is all about.