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International Education Week Fair Trade Sale Supports the Efforts of Artisans Around the World

Pacific University, OR

The Pacific University International Club and Humanitarian Center will support the efforts of artisans around the world by selling their handmade gifts, home decor, jewelry and personal accessories from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm on November 20th, 21st, and 22nd in the Washburne University Center of the Forest Grove campus. This event offers a unique opportunity for people in the Forest Grove community to invest in their world by shopping fair trade. Shoppers will also learn more about skilled artisans in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. This is part of Pacific’s celebration of International Education Week, an annual initiative of the U.S. Department of State that highlights the the importance of international student exchange and global awareness education.

This is the first year this type of activity has been part of International Education Week at Pacific, and it will showcase an exquisite collection of handcrafted items from Ten Thousand Villages. International Club president Hanh Tran says, “For more than 60 years Ten Thousand Villages has worked with talented artisans around the world providing vital, fair income in exchange for their beautiful handcrafted items. By holding this sale of handpainted ceramics, intricately woven basketry and handmade jewelry, we give people in the Forest Grove community a chance to help create employment opportunities for people around the world.”

Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 36 countries, we are part of a network of more than 150 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products. For more than 60 years, Ten Thousand Villages has been establishing long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income. All artisans are fairly paid for their products.

For information regarding the International Education Week fair trade sale, please contact Megan Serenco, International Club advisor at 503-352-2084.  For more information about Ten Thousand Villages, please contact Kristen Jenkins, at 717.859.8150 or visit www.tenthousandvillages.com/home.php. 

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