At FAIR, we have been selling key rings from Calcutta Rescue for over 10 years, even before the shop on Queens Road opened its doors. They have always been really popular. Each visit to see this organisation in Kolkata, India opens our eyes even more to the many different things they do. Calcutta Rescue provides free medical services as so many people cannot access medical services here in Kolkata. We work with their Fair Trade unit that fundraises for the medical services, two schools for street children, educational outreach programs about health and provides employment to ex-patients. Yesterday at the Fair Trade unit we bumped into James Fox who is over from the UK working in child psychiatry at the organisation. Read about his fascinating experience so far with the organisation here. We’ll be back from India with new stock from Calcutta Rescue next week. They are made by women that work on the key rings in between other chores. The key rings are so colourful and useful and buying them as gifts or for yourself is a great way to support the work of this great organisation. Thanks so much to Sudeshna, Mithali and all the artisans for hosting us yesterday.
A TOP TIP from our colleague Maura in Kolkata is to use them on school bags or suitcases! With their bright colours it makes the bags so easy to find.