The Body Shop has been supporting education for over 20 years through our Community Fair Trade program. Our sustainable trade has helped communities all over the world give their children a better future by enabling them to invest in the building of schools and provision of teaching materials.
This Christmas, we wanted to show our commitment to education even more by helping to build five schools around the world in areas together with our Community Fair Trade partners. $300,000 from the sales of our Christmas gifts worldwide was dedicated to help us achieve this goal. So our Christmas gifts helped to give the greatest gift of all to children in communities in Ghana, Honduras, Nepal and Northern and Southern India.
Read on to find out where our $300,000 went!
The Gingerbread School House
The Embodiment of Our School Project
Our Gingerbread School House was designed and handmade by the artisans at Get Paper Industries, a traditional handmade paper products co-operative based in Kathmandu, Nepal. This gift embodies our Christmas project and is symbolic of how our Community Fair Trade is helping to give children a brighter future.
GET PAPER INDUSTRIES, NEPAL
WE’RE HELPING CHILDREN LIVING IN THE FOOTHILLS OF THE HIMALAYAS SCALE NEW HEIGHTS IN EDUCATION
We will be helping to build a new high school in collaboration with Get Paper Industries, Nepal. The Anita Milan Academy was one of the first schools to be built in the Kathmandu area through the support of Get Paper Industries, and now we are helping them to build a school for 16-18 year olds too.
We’ve been sourcing handmade paper gift bags and boxes from Get Paper Industries since 1989. During that time, we’ve helped provide employment for up to 700 women and helped them invest in their local community, including making education equally available for boys and girls and helping stop sex trafficking in Nepal.
TEDDY EXPORTS, INDIA
WE’RE HELPING BUILD A SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN INDIA!
We will be helping Teddy Exports build a special needs school for children with learning and physical disabilities.
Teddy Exports was our very first Community Fair Trade supplier - since 1987 they have been producing and supplying our wooden massagers, accessories and cosmetics bags.
Thanks to this long relationship, the Teddy Trust School was opened in 1994. Today, 50 of over 700 pupils have learning disabilities. It’s the only school in Tamil Nadu to integrate children with special needs into mainstream education.
TARA PROJECTS, INDIA
WE’RE HELPING ADVANCE A NEW LEARNING CENTRE IN AGRAN, NORTHERN INDIA!
Tara Projects supply us with our Home Fragrance Soapstone Oil Burners, and we’ve been trading with them since 1996. They are an alternative trade organisation that supports artisanal groups across Northern India. We’re proud to help Tara Projects build a new learning centre in Agra to support the education of 150 children, who often have to work to support their families.
Tara pays fair wages, on time, and with regular orders. This way each organisation is able to earn a regular income and avoid exploitation by middlemen.
POLIGONO FOUNDATION, HONDURAS
WE’RE HELPING BUILD A NEW HIGH SCHOOL IN THE HONDURAS
We are helping build a new school for the children of 38 families in San Jose de la Llorona, Jigua, Copan, Honduras. There is currently no primary school in the village, and the children have to walk 5km each day to go to school.
Poligono has a small manufacturing unit in western Honduras located in Santa Rosa de Copan. Founded in 1993, it provides professional, technical and social training to young people from low-income families.
We have been trading with Poligono since 1997. By making and exporting Loofah products to The Body Shop, they have been able to create vital employment for the community.
KUAPA KOKOO, GHANA
WE ARE HELPING BUILD A NEW HIGH SCHOOL IN WESTERN GHANA
We are helping build three classroom blocks for a Junior High School in the village of Betenase in the Sefwi Wiawso District of the Western Region of Ghana. Currently the 120 children in the community have to walk a long way to the nearest school.
Since 1996 we have been buying cocoa beans from Kuapa Kokoo in southern Ghana, a fair trade cooperative with over 78,000 small-scale farmers, to make our gloriously rich cocoa butter found in many of our products.
The money made by the cooperative helps provide schools and village wells, in addition to a fair income.
Giving Feels Good