We are part of the Cupar Cluster of Churches in the north east of the Presbytery of Fife which also includes Cupar Old Parish Church linked with Monimail and Cupar St John & Dairsie United Parish.
The formal grouping enables the parishes to work more closely together, sharing, connecting with a wider community and drawing strength and support from each other.
As a Cluster we hope to involve more lay members in ministries such as pastoral care and leading worship and extend the work of the church.
Kilombero Harvest Rice Challenge.
The Small holder Farmers in Malawi are continuing throughout the Pandemic to successfully grow rice. In fact, due to improved farming techniques gleaned from their co-operative approach, they now have more rice to sell.
The market for Kilombero rice which Just Trading Scotland [JTS] has built up, is a huge contributor to the small holder farmers- over half of them women- leading less impoverished lives. It has provided these farmers with enough of a sustainable income to allow them to feed and clothe their families, invest in their farms, and provide education for their children. Thus working their way out of poverty with dignity and creating a better future for the next generation
JTS the Paisley based company which imports Kilombero into the UK, has also seen increases in sales in the other fairtrade products it imports and sells. However, sales of rice have decreased drastically as schools and churches have been unable to organise kilombero rice ‘challenges.’
JTS, also set up a fund to help fight covid, which is also present in Karonga, the rice growing area of Malawi. Cupar Fairtrade Group [CFG] were able to send donations to this fund, due to the generosity of our purchasers throughout the pandemic. This has helped provide hand washing facilities and masks to be more widely available. It has also enabled dissemination of Covid information to those in rural areas with no TVs and radios.
CFG would very much like to continue to support this fair trading partnership with the small holder farmers in Karonga, Malawi, to remain self- sufficient by the sale of their rice. The rice was awarded the accolade of ‘most ethical rice’ available in the UK, by Ethical Consumer Magazine in 2019. It has also received awards for its ‘Great Taste’ from The Guild of Fine Food.
CFG intend facilitating a rice challenge in Churches and schools in and around Cupar, during the Autumn. We hope this will be particularly useful in smaller schools, and church congregations, where taking on the full 90kg challenge is simply not practical. In 2019 we managed to sell over 300kg of rice from Harvest to Christmas. Would your congregation care to take part in another joint challenge? CFG are willing to supply rice on a sell or return basis. If covid restrictions permit, a group member would like to come along and participate in worship, and sell rice at the end of the service. If this is not possible we would simply ask if members of the congregation, could be made aware, through church news communication systems, that Kilombero rice is available- indeed doorstep deliveries can be arranged.
Please get in touch, using either of the emails or the mobile number below, if you would be interested in taking part in any way.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Margaret [Chair of CFG]
The latest bulletin dated 24 September 2021 can be found Here
We follow the activities of our Mission Partners, Keith and Ida Waddell through their website. https://keithandidainzambia.wordpress.com