The purpose of our coffee enterprise is to benefit the communities who grow the coffee and educate those that buy it
We have increased the amount from each pack of coffee sold from 50p to £1.00, which goes to supporting our Ugandan projects are with the farming community we support in northern Uganda. They face the biggest challenges, having spent 20 years living in camps for displaced people during the war with the Lords Resistance Army. During those two decades, they were unable to farm or send their children to school. They could only look on as the war raged around them destroying their homes, lives and livelihoods.
Our primary focus is on educating farmers on how to improve their lives with basic skills (like washing your hands), increasing crop yields (growing enough to be able to sell the surplus) and to help schools and communities provide food for children during the day.
The community is stuck in poverty
Despite the war being over for 12 years, the community is still really struggling to return to normal and rebuild their lives.
Their homes consist of a few huts. There are no toilets or washing facilities and they struggle to earn as little as 20p a day by fetching water.
We work with our existing farmers to extend the knowledge and skills out to the wider community through our school and education centre.
Demonstration homes, compounds, toilets and washing up areas will be built within the school. Gardens and vegetable beds will be created and parents invited to the school to learn to prosper.
Parents will come to school, see what can be done and learn new skills.
Feeding the children
In northern Uganda, most children do not eat during the day.
Parents cannot afford to pay for school lunch and schools are unable to provide food for the children.
This results in poor results, lack of concentration, absenteeism and - worst of all - girls being paid a few pennies to buy food by having sex.
We make sure that 670 children a day at the 5 nursery schools we support have a big cup of porridge every day. The porridge costs just 11p a cup! We are working with their parents to grow the maize to supply the school with enough to feed the children and bring in much needed income to the farmers.
Our new school - Vision Hope
This is by far the most ambitious project ever!
Many schools were destroyed and deserted during the war. Now communities are struggling to bring back a good level of education, care for the chidlren and provide for them.
We have built a mud hut nursery school that educates 354 of the youngest children in Lamogi sub-county.
Our goal is to build a nursery school and education centre that will serve the community for generations to come.