In 2014, the Bazaar will be actively contributing to these excellent organizations, and we hope our patrons will help as well.

Get your coffee at the Bazaar and help build a home.
Habitat for Humanity

Bring some non-perishable food items and support the local work of:
Shepherds of Good Hope

Purchase a pumpkin or apple cider and support the good international work of:
Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders (MSF)

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Third World Bazaar Philanthropy

In 2014, the Bazaar will be actively contributing to these excellent organizations, and we hope our patrons will help as well.

Last year we also made a special contribution to one of our favorite activities, we helped get a bicycle sharing business started in Nicaragua.

Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders

All cider and pumpkin revenue will go to MSF, and will be matched by the Bazaar.

MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES (MSF) is the world's leading independent medical relief organization. Their mandate is primarily focused on emergency relief and they often operate in areas where there is no medical infrastructure. For over 35 years they have been providing medical help to people caught in armed conflicts, floods, earthquakes, disease epidemics and famines. MSF has maintained their international reputation as one of the most respected, honest and well run aid organization.

We welcome any contribution you can make to the efforts of MSF. The owners of Third World Bazaar will match any contribution that patrons make. We challenge our customers to contribute as much as they feel comfortable donating.

Over the last 10 years the Third World Bazaar, and our customers have been able to contribute between $4,500 and $8,000 a year. This year we hope to surpass the $8,000 figure again. Please give generously to this worthy organization.

Medecins Sans Frontieres Website

Shepherds of Good Hope

All non-perishable food brought to the Bazaar will be delivered to the Shepherds. Please bring what you can.

Since 1983 the Shepherds of Good Hope have been providing food, lodging, emotional and spiritual support to anyone that comes to them. They provide an invaluable service to the poor and troubled of Ottawa, and by helping deal with these problems are providing a service for all of us in the area. We thank them for their invaluable work.

Each weekend the Third World Bazaar will be collects food and consumables for the Shepherds. We ask that our customers consider bringing non-perishable donations to the Bazaar, which we will deliver that week. Each year our collection rate has increased, in 2008 it was about 8 shopping carts worth, in 2013 we collected 100 boxes of food over our sale period. Anna Silverman, Executive Director of the Shepherds of Good Hope says, "Thank you, to the THIRD WORLD BAZAAR! I cannot express enough gratitude for what your customers have done for the clients we serve. Without folks like yourselves in the community we could not continue to care for the 1600 people that come through our doors every day. On behalf of everyone here at the Shepherds of Good Hope I thank you!" Anna Silverman

Thank you, everyone!

Shepherds of Good Hope Website

Habitat for Humanity - Chris Tessier and Jill Woodley.

Remember, the coffee at the entrance is paying for the construction of homes. Contribute what you can!

Over the last seven years our family has had the privilege to travel to Central America as part of a team building homes with Habitat for Humanity. We have traveled to remote areas in Guatemala and Nicaragua and built in the poverty stricken inner cities of El Salvador. Over $8000 raised from the donation of Santropol coffee by the Third World Bazaar and the incredible generosity of the Bazaar coffee drinking customers, has helped us build 21 homes and house 108 people in four countries. Donations have also been integral in our support of the smokeless-stove project in Guatemala and brought a community together through the building of a safe bridge safely linking a community in Nicaragua to the local school.

We are so grateful to the Third World Bazaar and the patrons for the continued support of our builds, and deeply enjoy the friendships that have developed over the years with those who sip coffee, listen to our stories and connect with our passion.  In November we are traveling to Trinidad with our team of 24 and so look forward to working side by side with the families who will finally have a place to call home. We look forward to seeing you again this year, and are tremendously humbled by the support you have given our family.

Chris, Jill, Morgan, Grace and Kyra Tessier.

Third World Bazaar Supports Local Business for Nicaraguan Youth

Bici-Futuro Reporting from Sabana Grande Jessie Lyon, Feb 20, 2013

I am sitting amongst the activity of Sabana Grande's Solar Centre, a large off-grid adobe building. Outside its open doors, looking past the glare of solar ovens, I can see La Casita Solar, an open-concept restaurant powered by biogas, solar ovens and solar panels. In between the two buildings one thousand adobe bricks dry in the sun. In a month these bricks will form a third structure for a youth centre. The Pan-American Highway roars past this rare site as green mountains roll around it. I see Latin cowboys, banana trees, and cows with huge, prehistoric horns. Walking by is a group of women with yellow and pink umbrellas for the sun. Inside this workshop, I am surrounded by five young Nicaraguans assembling nine new bicycles for rent. Between the constant slew of Nica slang ("¡si hombre!") and the clanging of wrenches, there is being born in this village a new micro-enterprise: Bici-Futuro.


My name is Jessie Lyon, and I am an intern for Falls Brook Centre's international internship program. My placement landed me in Nicaragua's rural north, a breezy, spacious place populated with small and strong communities. I work for Grupo Fenix, a Nicaraguan NGO supporting Sabana Grande as a solar community, and its associated organizations Las Mujeres Solares de Totogalpa, a twenty-woman cooperative, and Jovenes Pedaliando Hacia el Futuro (JHPF), a youth group. These three represent a combined, multi-generational effort for environmental awareness, environmental action through demonstration and local, self-sustainable employment for their community.

With a generous sponsorship from the Third World Bazaar, Los Jovenes and I were able to purchase bicycles and all necessary parts to start a bicycle rental company for volunteers and tourists. This place breeds ambitious and clever youth, but with no budget it is difficult for them to lead financially-productive projects. The Bazaar sponsorship ignited an interesting and trendy idea these fourteen young people are excited about, and an initiative that follows the values and interests of both JPHF and the Third World Bazaar.

While it is beginning to take on a life of its own, Bici-Futuro is a valuable addition to JHPF's sustainable, rural, community tourism project and a nation-wide push to boost Nicaragua's tourism industry. JHPF is using these bikes and Sabana Grande's maze of back-country trails to host educational and recreational bicycle tours. Bici-Futuro offers clients day, week or month-long rentals to explore this lush, dry tropical forest. There are hints of Canada's expansive, thick boreal forests here, until an iguana saunters by and you realize you are far from home.


"Muchos gracias a Third World Bazaar por apoyar a la empresa de bicicletas. El grupo usara este pequeño negocio para hacerse sostenible. Bici-Futuro dirige nuestro proyecto de turismo comunitario rural."

(Thank you very much to Third World Bazaar for supporting the bicycle business. With this sponsorship, our group can use this small business to become financially independent. Bici-Futuro is leading our community rural tourism project.)

Jennifer Perez Sanchez, Bici-Futuro Treasurer

This for-profit project compliments JPHF's other projects, each with its own strategy to alleviate environmental problems. They host cultural soirees with traditional story-telling, music and dancing, and community movie screenings projected on white sheets in the Solar Center. They deliver presentations in local elementary schools. They produce and install bottle lights in darker homes. A popular focus is the 'blender' bikes and 'generator' bikes. A continual, two-year history has brought many different participants and ideas.

It is such a pleasure for me to witness Los Jovenes constantly changing and adapting. They took to the bicycle rental idea immediately and, while development initiatives usually experience slow and steady progress, Bici-Futuro has grown quickly in the past month. Already this project has attracted an online journal and an American entrepreneur interested in a youth exchange. International travel is certainly rare for Nicas in this area. Hosting interviews with writers and experiencing the world of business for the first time, these young people are meeting larger ideas and bigger opportunities.

It started in January 2013, when a local distributor Eduardo Diaz made the eight-hour round trip to Nicaragua's capital Managua to purchase nine bicycles for us. JPHF member Marcel and I took a trip to the nearby city Ocotal to buy inner tubes, chain grease and all the tools necessary for repair. Currently, we are concentrating on setting prices, record-keeping, managing work hours and dealing with our first clients. With the always supportive and encouraging Cooperativa and Grupo Fenix staff, there are proposals for bike rentals being included for new volunteers and solar workshop attendees. This has become a true community-based development project. Most important, this still-new project is proving to be self-sustainable, avoiding the common development trap of dependency.

The contribution of the Third World Bazaar has created a dynamic new element to this community. Rural Nicaragua lacks employment opportunities, and though operating on a micro-level, Bici-Futuro demonstrates an example of what is possible. It offers small-time employment, but most important, it shows one way to start self-employment. Also notable is the communal nature of this new for-profit. A portion of the income is being set aside in a reserve fund for repair and maintenance while surplus profits are collected into an education account for Los Jovenes members. Approaching this community with a North American business sense, it is interesting to see my approach integrate with Nicaraguan socialist culture.

During my six-month stay here, I have watched volunteers flow through the Solar Centre with different skills and focuses. I see designs for smokeless stoves, new solar ovens, additions to the restaurant's organic garden, solar panel installations. I see solar distillers, fruit tree orchards and solar-powered battery recharger workshops. It is so fun to facilitate a contribution from a celebrated local business from my hometown to the beginning of a local business abroad. Thank you Third World Bazaar for making it possible for one small business to help another!

Note for visitors to Nicaragua.

There is now a new inexpensive transit option in Northern Nicaragua. If you want to see this interesting, traditional and rarely visited part of the country, connect with the Los Jovenes youth group and tour the back country on their bicycles!!!

List of organizations that have been involved in the Bici-Futuro project.

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