Check out this little movie about Senegal and fairtrade cotton sourced from Senegal. It is a short film that will help give you a picture of how fairtrade impacts communities in Senegal.
Quite a different setting to the one we will work in when we are in Dakar, but the children we will work with might have come from these towns and villages where cotton is grown. Many children are trafficked to work in these cotton farms, its a sad reality but one that is tackled when communities are empowered like these by initiatives like fairtrade.
Living in Chambery and learning french has been a wonderful experience for us already. We are enjoying learning the language, tasting french wine, cheese and food. Our location is great, surrounding us are lots of mountains and lakes. It has also been a nice little hub for music!
We are learning french to work in Senegal with a charity that reaches out to street children in Dakar. In our first few weeks I went for a drink with a musician I met who was from Switzerland. We were sitting in L’arbre a bieres, a quirky little bar that had some live music. The singer that night Tim O Conner and I got chatting. And so one thing led to another. I went along to some of Tim’s music classes and actually ended up teaching one of them too. So it started with a beer, Tim and I shared ideas, experiences and now ahead of us lies a number of gigs together, we will be working on some recordings and writing too!
Through Tim I have connected with other musicians too and I am enjoying meeting with them and the prospects of what we could be doing over the next few months.
I have been really encouraged to get out there share my music and connect with other people. I am also excited about jamming with some french musicians and learning french that way too.
Today we were blessed by our time spent with Scrabo Hall Church in Newtownards. We enjoyed the service and sharing my songs and a bit of an update. It was exciting to seeing Andy Hamilton who will soon be off to Italy. Being with mission people like that was very encouraging. Thank you Scrabo for your encouragement!
Come along on 26th Aug for our commissioning service at Ards Elim, Newtowards. 6:30pm start.
Refreshments available after the service
Our last Sunday in n.ireland and just a few days short of our departure for France. Bring friends, family and pets that fit in handbags only…!
We would love to see you there.
I went on the air on UCB UK, we had a chat and they played some songs you can listen here
Sat 25th Aug I will be doing a “home turf” concert in northern ireland at scrabo hall church, newtownards. See www.adambakermusic.co.uk
CD’s will be available and there will be a chance to hear about our vision for Senegal. This really is a special concert, it will be one of the last for a while (potentially a year). So do come along, bring friends, your family and small pets!