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Note: Our fundraising is being conducted by an external site so we will upload the total periodically. The $0 to the right --> is not accurate. By following the link above you'll be directed to the donation page but this page is where our info is. Sorry for any confusion... Thanks!!
Perhaps you've heard the horrific accounts of ongoing fighting in the Congo. The Kivu region was recently struck by new violence, leaving communities reeling. Though the Congo is a coffee producing country, and Kivu is a producing region, it is perhaps lesser-known than many others, particularly for Specialty. There is tremendous opportunity through support of the communities of Kivu to help affect real people's lives and raise awareness of this emerging specialty origin. We are inspired to be a part of this initiative! Will you help us in this very worthy cause?
To help these communities rebuild, the needs include the most basic for security, health, and safety to the questions of economic development. Coffee can be a big part of the answer, providing an opportunity for economic empowerment and access to care. This race aims to raise awareness as well as funding toward these initiatives.
We have already seen that coffee buyers from all over the world are starting to take an active 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. We can all help to encourage even more economic empowerment by getting actively involved.
Through our participation in this year's Java Jog, we will raise $15,000 to support female coffee producers in the Congo and their networks. 50% of the donation will provide care and support directly to victims of violent crimes, and the remaining 50% will support longer term economic empowerment initiatives for women coffee cooperative members.
One of our colleagues has already been very involved with this specific cause, and has a great write up past successes and ongoing projects. Read here for an example and insight of what your donations could do! http://equalexchange.coop/congo-coffee-project
This is an "unofficial" activity happening at the same time of the SCAA Event. It is not produced by SCAA.
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Thank you so much!