Holiday market offers consumers a chance to shop locally and give globally

OKLAHOMA CITY,  Oct. 28, 2022 – Elementary students in Ghana and international artisans will benefit from Oklahomans’ purchases this holiday season at PAMBE Ghana's Global Market. The market in the Shoppes at Northpark will feature fair trade items from across the globe starting Nov. 1.

From the four corners of the world to the corner of May & N.W. 122nd, shoppers can find unique one-of-a-kind global gifts. More than 40 volunteers staff the store to allow customers to browse the global gifts during the week. For 15 years, PAMBE Ghana has brought fair trade items to Oklahoma.

“We source responsibly to ensure our artists and their wares are of authentic and worthy origin," said Sara Braden, market manager. “That effort makes it possible for our customers here in Oklahoma to support artists in developing countries with a fair living wage and purchase incredible products with a story and a cause.”

The cause each purchase benefits is the La’Angum Learning Center, an elementary school founded by Oklahoma City University graduate, Alice Azumi Iddi-Gubbels. Iddi-Gubbels returned to her home country in 2008 with the dream of providing a high-quality education for students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. La’Angum Learning Center serves nearly 300 children from remote villages.

“PAMBE Ghana is proud to play an integral role in the on-going support of the La’Angum Learning Center,“ said Tom Ziebell, board president. “We’ve helped build the infrastructure for the educational center and we’re dedicated to continued support with the assistance of our generous customers at the Global Market.“

Sales from the holiday shop will help provide school materials, training and continuing education for teachers and staff in Ghana.

Customers are welcome as doors open on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Global Market hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m until Christmas Eve. Don’t miss the grand opening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, which includes storytime with La’Angum Learning Center founder Alice Azumi Iddi-Gubbels, crafts for children, west African drumming and dancing as well as snacks from Ghana. The store is located next to Pure Pilates.

About PAMBE Ghana

PAMBE Ghana is a partnership with local communities in northern Ghana and a United States-based Board of Directors. Together we have built the La’Angum Learning Center, an innovative school for bilingual child-centered education from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade.

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Listen to Alice and Linda Discuss PAMBE Ghana

Listen to Alice Iddi-Gubbels and Linda Temple discuss PAMBE Ghana's mission and the Global Market in a video made by Nate Fein, of OU Nightly. Shop at the Global Market this week until Dec. 24. Located at 6516 N. Olie, OKC.

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Your Donation Today Will Help PAMBE Ghana Provide:
-- Teacher's salary
-- Children’s health insurance
-- Montessori materials
-- Teacher education

PAMBE Ghana is a 501(c)(3) registered charitable organization.