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Kate Fischer is JavaJogging for Coffee Women in the Congo

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THE STORY:

Run for coffee women in the Congo!

As many of you know, coffee and social justice are two of my biggest passions, both professionally and personally. This fundraiser combines them both as it works for women in the Congo - a place particularly important to me as it has received so little international attention even as its people suffer under a war that the UN has declared beyond the scope of humanitarian invention. A very dear friend of mine works with Congolese refugees in Tanzania, and two years ago I had the opportunity to travel with her to the camp and hear just a few of their stories. I don't know what it will take to end the violence in the DRC, to repair or renew lives, communities, and social systems that have been ripped to pieces over the past several decades, but I do know that every little bit helps, and that's why I'm asking you to help as I "run" (at this point, more like "fast-walk" for Congolese women.

--Kate

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Coffee people are caring and enjoy having fun together and making a difference.  JavaJog brings it all together! In Seattle, our 5K and 10K races will raise funds for coffee women in Eastern Congo who've been the victims of heartbreaking violence, but who possess so much wisdom, tenacity and high hopes for the future.

We’ve all heard the horrific accounts of ongoing fighting in the Congo. In late 2012, the Kivu region was again struck by violence, leaving communities reeling. Women once again bore the brunt of the brutality. The violence continues today.

Kivu is a coffee-producing region, and communities have been beginning to rebuild this sector, facing tremendous hardships in the process. International buyers are taking interest in the coffees, and coffee is providing the people with a connection to the outside world and a glimmer of hope for their future.

Forging these kinds of partnerships brings life to the coffee community.  The first Race, held early one cold, windy morning in Boston, brought us together in solidarity with women in Congo whose lives on a daily basis are infinitely more harsh than the bitter winds we faced.   To consider their courage as we braved the blistering winds was a clear wake up call – to understand, to advocate and to do more – together.

Learn more here.

 

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To This Fundraiser

$600

MONEY RAISED
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  • Dana Coelho

    $25

  • The Winters

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Ginny Fischer

    $25

  • Marni LaFleur

    $25

  • Rick & Dawn

    $50

  • The Motekew Family

     

  • Sarah Connolly

    $50

  • Jen Rice

    $25

  • Carole McGranahan

    $25

  • Jane Fischer

    $25

  • Rachel Fleming

    $25

  • Ines Ellis-Guardiola

    $40

  • Lynn Fischer

    $25

  • Marnie and Matt

    $75

  • Matt N.

    $20

  • Chris Morris and Jodi Scheiderman

    $25

  • Katie Young

    $30

  • Jerusha Sinsley

    $25

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120% Raised of $500 Goal

Donor Comments

Jerusha Sinsley

Jerusha Sinsley

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Katie Young

Katie Young

DONATION: $30

4 years ago

Chris Morris and Jodi Scheiderman

Chris Morris and Jodi Scheiderman

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Matt N.

Matt N.

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Marnie and Matt

Marnie and Matt

DONATION: $75

4 years ago

Lynn Fischer

Lynn Fischer

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Ines Ellis-Guardiola

Ines Ellis-Guardiola

DONATION: $40

4 years ago

Rachel Fleming

Rachel Fleming

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Jane Fischer

Jane Fischer

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Carole McGranahan

Carole McGranahan

DONATION: $25

Thanks for taking this on, Kate! 4 years ago