"Last Tuesday we had a nice woman came in and told us all about fair trade and how she does this to help support developing countries and children that she gives money to from fair trade. ...At the fair trade presentation I bought a little ball... the design on the small round ball was very nice and I bought it ... I think the fair trade system is amazing... I think this is a great positive and should have more support from the media so these nations can become the best they can." ~ College Business Student
"On Dec. 10th I was introduced to Fair Trade... I purchased a hackey sack, mittens, two yarn bracelets, and a bracelet... I plan on giving them as gifts. The colors are what attracted me the most. They're rich and brilliant and are well put together. From a student's standpoint I would like to propose an idea to promote Fair Trade... Why not go from school to school; elementary to college, and just like Pattye Pece does, have a market stand out... The children, being the sponges that they are, will go tell their parents. Hand out coupons to promote parents to do business with Fair Trade."
~ College Business Student
"Thank you so much for your support. I love you."
"Hello, I want to thank you very much for helping me, for buying uniforms, school shoes, bag and other school requirements. Continue with the same spirit of supporting orphans like me. Thank you and may God richly bless you much."
brother of Faith
"My name is Esnart. I am 15 years old and am in grade 8. Thank you for helping me in school. With your help I paid for my school fees and bought uniforms and books. If it wasn't for you I don't know where I would have been. Thank you once again for helping me and may God bless you. Amen."
~ Yours, Esnart
"My name is Grace, I am writing this letter to say thank you for paying my school fees and buying all my school requirements. I am doing well in school and don't have to worry about being sent home because I didn't pay my school fees. I want to say thank you very much for all the help you have given to me. May God richly bless you."
~ Yours faithfully
"My name is Moses, one of the children you have been helping to educate. I write to you to show gratitude for all the help you have rendered to my family and I want to show gratitude for what a blessing you are and have been for the past four years of my life. You started sponsoring me to school back in the 8th grade and I am now in my 12th grade. Your help has come a long way in helping my family and I, more especially my mother, who is a widow. In past years she used to be very worried about all the bills she had to pay which consisted greatly of rentals and school fees. She often used to wonder if she would be able to pay for my school fees, she even used to get very ill just worrying about that, but ever since you took that burden off her shoulder, everything is looking better and her health has improved. For this, I thank you with all my heart."
"I was challenged the most by Mrs. Pece's assertion that it is possible to do anything with faith, even things that they think they aren't equipped to do... Many people say they can't see God at work, but God is at work in that feeling to do 'something more' inside that Mrs. Pece mentions ... Listening to that is the opening to so many possibilities ... We are the instruments of God's actions."
~ St. John's Universith student
"Something that challenged my thinking the most was when Pattye asked why don't our parishes teach us about Catholic Social Teaching or Catholic Social Justice? People easily donate to the Church ... but we do not necessarily know where the money is going. The poverty of the world is so great where 30,000 children die each day. This was new and valuable information that I learned."
~ St. John's University student
"My name is Mubanga age 16 yrs. doing my 11th grade. I am writing this letter to thank you for the wonderful thing you are doing to help me. I have now paid for my school fees, bought some books, etc. May the Lord protect and bless you."
"My name is Masauso and I am 14 years old. I am thankful for your sponsoring me at school. I am now doing my grade 8. My prayer is that God may bless you and give you everything you may desire in your life. I am truly grateful for what you have done for me. Thank you very much."
~ Yours faithfully
"As a student there are numerous things a person can do to promote fair trade. Students can speak to others who are also passionate about this cause and band together and also reach out to their communities and peers in order to make others aware of this cause... At the fair trade event, I purchased hand-carved spoons as well as a handmade purse. I believe these items would make great presents for my mother as well as my grandmother. My mother and grandmother love quality products and appreciate the time and tedious work that is put into it. They also enjoy helping others and promoting good business so that idea would make it even more of a great present for Christmas."
~ College Business Student
"My name is Jeremiah. I am one of the children that you are helping with building a future by sponsoring me at my school. Thank you very much for what you are doing. I am going to complete my grade 6 this December. I thank God because without someone to help I couldn't have been where I am today. I trust and hope that I will become what I have always wanted or dreamed to be. I promise that you will not be disappointed. Thank you for paying my school fees and for my school requirements and uniforms. The government has also introduced computer lessons at our school and I love it. I need more practice in this because it is easy to forget some of the thiings we learn. May God richly bless you."