‘Inspirational’ Central American visitor shows value of Fairtrade

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 March 2018

Urania Hernandez visited both Pill schools during her visit.

Urania Hernandez visited both Pill schools during her visit.

Sub

A Central American farmer helped two North Somerset villages celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.

Urania Hernandez. Urania Hernandez.

Residents from Pill and Easton-in-Gordano gave a warm welcome to coffee producer Urania Hernandez from Nicaragua.

Urania was supported by the Fairtrade Foundation to develop her business and to create a better life for herself and her family.

She left her home in La Perla in the northern highlands of Nicaragua to spend two days in the area, paying visits to both St Katherine’s School and Crockerne Primary School.

Students listened in awe of their foreign visitor, as she spoke to each class about how Fairtrade had not only helped her become a successful coffee farmer and ensure her children had a comfortable home and good education, but also brought benefits to the whole La Perla community.

Urania Hernandez visited both Pill schools during her visit. Urania Hernandez visited both Pill schools during her visit.

The international brand has helped to repair roads and introduce street lighting.

People in Urania’s village now have access to proper healthcare and all children were supported to succeed in school.

Sue Tuckwell, who accompanied Urania on her visit, said: “To see the primary-aged children asking question after question showed how much the children wanted to learn about Nicaragua and the difference Fairtrade has made to Urania.

“Her visit has offered a direct relationship with a Fairtrade producer for our schools and community.

“We plan to build on this over the coming months as we move to the next stage of being a Fairtrade village.”

Urania’s visit to Pill’s secondary school, in Pill Road, prompted ‘thought-provoking’ discussions among students.

She dined at the school’s The Lead restaurant and sat in on a number of classes to discuss the problems of the global banana trade, the Fairtrade Foundation, human rights and running a business.

St Katherine’s School headteacher Justin Humphreys said Urania’s arrival was a ‘fantastic opportunity’ for his pupils.

He added: “Our students were able to hear first-hand the direct impact buying Fairtrade goods has on both individuals, their families and their community.

“Her story was truly inspirational and prompted some important reflection from our young people.”

Other News Stories

Speeding in Failand will be reduced thanks to measures which will be introduced by its parish council.

Read more
13:53

A hot food stall is a welcome addition to Nailsea farmers’ market, according to organisers.

Read more

Changes to central Government policy on runways will benefit the South West’s leading airport.

Read more

An afternoon of music, dancing and children’s activities was enjoyed in Failand.

Read more

A technology firm has confirmed it is moving out of Yatton by the end of the year.

Read more

Recycling lorry drivers have been putting children’s lives at risk by breaching rules about when they can operate near a North Somerset school, parents say.

Read more

Weeds, long grass and full bins may become more noticeable in North Somerset as a result of budget cuts, a report suggests.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00

A woman from Backwell conquered the Tenzing Hillary Marathon to raise money for charity.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:18

A sliproad onto the M5 will be closed tonight (Tuesday).

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

Plans for a town vision in Portishead should be ‘thrown open’ to allow the community to get more involved say councillors.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the North Somerset Times e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 12°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Clevedon Tide report

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

North Somerset Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Find planning applications