Marywood Campus Ministry helps Scranton shop responsibly for Christmas


The community is invited to shop for Fair Trade gifts, housewares, jewelry and more, handmade by artisans living in developing regions around the world. Marywood Campus Ministry is hosting a Work of Human Hands Sale on November, 16 and 17 from 9:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Fireplace Lounge, Nazareth Hall Student Center.

The core values of Marywood University consist of the Dignity of every human being and the idea that we can be of service to all. Social Justice issues challenge us daily to become aware of those around us, question injustices that exist, and work toward systemic change. The students believe the words of Gandhi “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Therefore, this is our fourth year of having this Fair Trade Sale to help those in developing countries create a better living for themselves.

The sale is part of the Work of Human Hands Program, a partnership between Catholic Relief Services and A Greater Gift, a nonprofit program of SERRV International, an alternative trade and development organization that currently works with artisans and farmers in 35 countries around the world. Every purchase made at the Work of Human Hands Sale allows a producer to provide for the basic necessities of life, to educate her or his children, and to work in a safe environment.

Since joining A Greater Gift’s partner KTS in 2000, “I have become independent and am able to earn my living. I can provide education for my children and fulfill their daily needs.” Initially with training in weaving and then employment, Lal Maya Rai’s life has improved for herself and her family in Nepal.

Come and join us on November 16 or 17. Enjoy shopping and change the world at the same time! <

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