Again, we are excited and inspired to have a glimpse into the work of Hayley Childress, as she continues her training into the world of combating human trafficking.
One Saturday we helped out with a screening of the documentary Dark Side of Chocolate and its follow up documentary Shady Chocolate. A local Tauranga anti-trafficking group called Traffick Jam hosted it. It was a great opportunity to talk to people in the community about ethically sourced chocolate, especially seeing as Easter is coming up.
In the documentary, it shows how prevalent illegal child labor is on the cocoa fields and how many major chocolate companies get their supply from those very same fields. I had seen the first film, but even watching it again and watching the follow up film, I was challenged even more.
During the screening, Trade Aid was present. They are a New Zealand operated, Fair Trade company. They had different chocolate items for purchase. It was so important for them to be there because many times, when we see something like that it can be overwhelming and a little bit of paralysis can set in. We’re left wondering what we can do about the problem and what alternatives we have. Highlighting a solution to such a dark issue really added a positive level to the experience.
As I mentioned, Easter is coming up and Easter is a big time for chocolate. If you’re in the US (or NZ) you can go to my website thrivenco.com/EasterChocolateGuide for an ethical chocolate purchasing guide.
Hayley's story becomes more and more compelling and relevant. You can help support her efforts with us as we continue to support her by donating $2.00 from each candle or reed diffuser purchased online.