Orphans Aid International founder and director Sue van Schreven (left) with Orphans Aid International Fair Trade Shop manager Edna Petreceli at the Terrace Junction store. This week the store, which sells fair trade goods to benefit those who make the items and those supported by Orphans Aid, will celebrate its first birthday. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
In the past 12 months, thousands of dollars have been raised
and many families have reaped the benefits of the Orphans Aid
Fair Trade store in Frankton.
Orphans Aid International founder and director Sue van
Schreven, of Queenstown, said the Terrace Junction store
would mark its first birthday with a celebration on Thursday
to thank the community for its support.
The store primarily stocks fair trade items - including
coffee, tea and chocolate - from Peru, India, Africa,
Romania, Bhutan, Europe, Russia and Nepal, with some
''Kiwiana'' items donated by local suppliers.
''There is a story behind everything in the shop,'' Mrs van
''The bags from India are actually helping women who were
living on the streets; [making them] provides an alternative
''By the time things have arrived here, they've already
helped [the communities overseas].''
Mrs van Schreven said Orphans Aid staff bought the goods from
the various countries, ensuring people were paid a fair price
for their work, and there was no child labour.
The goods were then on-sold for a small profit from the
Frankton store, with proceeds going to various Orphans Aid
This year is the 10th anniversary of Orphans Aid
International, a charitable trust providing relief and care
to orphaned children around the world.
Its work now includes Casa Kiwi, a Romanian orphanage that
has assisted 55 children since its inception and has just
been renovated and expanded; a day programme in Russia where
60 children are assisted six days a week; and a programme in
India focused on feeding 500 children every day.
Mrs van Schreven said the trust's next projects were to
construct a school on the Bhutan border, with funding
approved at Christmas, and to work with children in Uganda,
aiming to find family members and keep them out of
Money raised through the fair trade store assisted with all
of the projects, she said.
''People know that their dollars are going to good causes.''
The shop will celebrate its first birthday with the cutting
of a cake at 3.15pm on Thursday.