For Easter Preparations: Please pass on the information below to encourage our families, friends, and communities to avoid buying Chocolate produced by child slave labor. Continue to have a good Lent.
Stop Human Trafficking By Buying Fair Trade Chocolate.
Don't buy slave labor Chocolates such as: Cadbury, Cliff Bar, Divine Chocolate, Equal Exchange, Cloud Nine, Dagoba Organic, Denman Island, Gardeners Candies, Green and Black's, John and Kira's, Kailua Candy, Koppers Chocolate, L.A. Burdick, Montesuma's, NewLeaf, Newman's Own, Omanhene Cocoa Bean, Rapunzel Pure, Shaman, Sweet Earth, Taza, Endangered Species and Theo Chocolate.
You should note that both the New York Legislature and our Congress are on the verge of discussing important anti-trafficking that has been lingering for a few years. Pray for our law makers that other issues and partisan politics do not cause them to derail these bills.
March 22 is World Water Day, click on this link for resources: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/home/en/.
The presence of Boko Haram in the Region of the EXTREME NORTH continues to be a threat to the people living near the border with Nigeria. In addition to the kidnapping of women and children, people have been killed in the fighting, villages burned and over two hundred schools closed – some out of fear, others because they are housing refugees. Despite the many challenges faced by most Cameroonians on a daily basis, they cherish the peace the country enjoys – women preparing their farms for planting, children walking safely to school daily, people attending religious services in churches and mosques. Those living in the Regions not affected by the activities of Boko Haram (Kumbo is in the North West Region) are concerned about their sisters and brothers living in the militarized zone. Many efforts are being made in a variety of ways to support those affected by the on-going violence. On the Tuesday before International Women’s Day, the members of Catholic women’s associations gathered in the Cathedral for a special Mass in support of their sisters in the Extreme North. Each participant was asked to bring a donation of rice to be sent to the North. As part of the offertory procession, participants carried symbols celebrating the African woman, family, faith, collaboration, and water. The spirit of solidarity energized the participants and strengthened the spirit of hope. As you join us in our prayer for peace, please include our sisters. Two of our sisters also have families living in the area. Our Cameroonian mantra gives us strength, “WE ARE TOGETHER; WE ARE ONE.”