Craft sale to support makers in South East Asia

A COFFEE morning and crafts sale will take place on Saturday in aid of Sharing Fair, an organisation set up by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd to benefit craft makers in South East Asia.

A COFFEE morning and crafts sale will take place on Saturday in aid of Sharing Fair, an organisation set up by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd to benefit craft makers in South East Asia.

The event will be held in Langton’s from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, and items for sale will include hand-woven silk scarves, educational toys, purses, bags and Christmas gifts. Money from the sale will go to payment of the craft makers, and any donations on the day will go towards the development of the project.

Sharing Fair was set up to sell crafts made by people in small self-help projects in South East Asia. Many of the projects were set up in Thailand over the past 30 years by Sr Mary Hayden, a native of Inistioge who at age 92 continues to work and live in northeast Thailand.

The goal of the project is to provide vocational training and employment for women and young girls who could otherwise be forced into human trafficking or prostitution. Through the various projects, craft makers have an opportunity to “present the work of their hands and receive a just and fair return”.