Cuppa Change and Morningside-High Park Presbyterian Church (MHP) support the Stephen Lewis Foundation by selling fair trade coffee. The church also uses Cuppa Change’s fair trade coffee during its fellowship hour after the church service, every Sunday.
As a point of interest, many churches use fair trade coffee and tea during their fellowship hour. The vision of the church and fair trade align wonderfully: to treat people fairly and with dignity, to act with a conscience, to honour people’s work and ensure that everyone can make a living in good work conditions. To use fair trade coffee under the church’s roof is to honour these goals.
Since 2008, Morningside-High Park Presbyterian Church has raised, in coffee sales and through generous donations, over $6,500 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, supporting its Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, among other SLF initiatives.
The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign was launched in March, 2006, in response to the crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggle to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS.
More than 240 grandmother groups across Canada participate in this campaign. In the five years since the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign was established, it has raised more than 12 million dollars.
Funds from the SLF’s Grandmothers Campaign are used to support African grandmothers in the following ways:
- health care
- school fees and school uniforms for their grandchildren
- income-generating programs
- counseling and social support
- essential shelter and other necessities.
For more information on this program, please go to http://www.stephenlewisfoundation.org/get-involved/grandmothers-campaign.