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Engage the whole congregation to learn about modern-day slavery and encourage children to work for justice by choosing to consume Fair Trade chocolate and educating others to do the same. You may wish to sell Fair Trade chocolate to raise funds for an anti-slavery or international child advocacy organization.
Before the S'mores event, sit down with the Love Will Guide Us group and explain in simple but honest language that slavery still exists in many parts of the world. You can say something like:
We learned that Harriet Tubman and many other people worked against slavery by helping slaves escape to freedom. Because of the courage of people like Harriet Tubman, slavery is illegal all over the world. Nobody is allowed to own another person or make them work for free.
Even though it isn't allowed, slavery does still exist. Sometimes slave sellers, called traffickers, will find someone who needs a job and trick them into coming to a place where they are forced to work without getting paid. They trick them by promising a good job. But it's a lie.
Some chocolate companies buy chocolate that is from cocoa plantations that have slaves. Other chocolate companies have decided they will only sell chocolate that has been grown and harvested without slaves. That is called "Fair Trade chocolate."
Explain that you are going to work against slavery by selling Fair Trade chocolate and teaching other people about Fair Trade chocolate. Invite the children to ask questions. Answer simply but honestly, emphasizing that you are going to work together to stop modern-day slavery.
Host your Fair Trade Chocolate & S'mores event. Sell chocolates from your sales table and encourage buyers to look for Fair Trade chocolate whenever they shop. During the sale, enjoy Fair Trade S'mores together, made by heating the marshmallows on the skewers and eating them with Fair Trade chocolate in a graham cracker sandwich.
After the event, gather participants in a circle and process the activity with questions such as:
Be aware of vegetarians and vegans in your congregation and people with food allergies, sensitivities, and medical restrictions. If any of the children are diabetic or allergic to chocolate, provide an alternate treat for them to enjoy. Most marshmallows are made with animal products, so, for vegetarians/vegans, obtain vegan marshmallows such as those sold by Sweet and Sara.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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