POLUS CENTER FOR SOCIAL & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, INC    

COFFEELANDS TRUST FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

 Welcome to our annual fundraiser.  This year we are focusing our efforts on coffee farmers caught in the crossfire of conflict and civil war.

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SOME OF THE RICHEST and most fertile coffee producing regions of the world have been plagued by armed conflict and years of civil war. Landmines and unexploded ordnance riddle the dense often difficult terrain coffee farmers use to cultivate their crops and bring them to market. Hundreds of thousands of coffee farmers and their families, around the world, continue to suffer severe injury or death each year due to accidental landmine explosions. These traumatic and recurring events affect not just the farmer or their family, but entire farming communities.   

The Impact of Landmines on Coffee Growing Communities

  • Good land often goes uncultivated
  • Coffee trees in mined areas go unpicked
  • People live in constant fear of stepping on a landmine
  • People loose their homes and farms
  • Mined roads can not be used to transport goods to market
  • Landmine survivors and their families spend the rest of their lives dealing with the physical and emotional impact of landmine injuries

The Coffeelands Trust is a victim assistance fund, giving the coffee industry and individual citizens the opportunity to support the efforts of coffee farmers and their families as they work through the difficult process of physical rehabilitation and rebuilding their lives.  

By providing physical, social and economic opportunities for support and rehabilitation, we help coffee farmers victimized by landmines begin to regain their mobility, dignity, and self worth.  above and below photos by Stephen Petegorsky

Right now we are working with local partners to provide

  • Artificial limbs and mobility devices
  • Physical rehabilitation services
  • Small business grants
  • Vocational training
  • Mine risk education
  • Related services that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of coffee farmers, and their communities

 This funding may be used to improve coffee farms, to help with food security, or for essential rehabilitation services. 

• Working in collaboration with agronomists from Colombian Coffee          Federation, farmers have received technical  assistance to improve their coffee quality and yields.

• In 2016, the Polus Center partnered with Women of Coffee to provide small grants and loans for women coffee growers and with Food 4 Farmers to support food security efforts.

Introducing people with Disabilities to the coffee industry value chain

• In 2011, Polus lead one of several social enterprise efforts, the Coffeelands Café, raising community awareness, providing competitive integrated employment, and developing relationships with key industry and business leaders now committed to employing people with disabilities.

Coffeelands Trust offers hope and opportunity to coffee farming communities in conflict regions around the world

Together we can make a difference in the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people and counteract the devastating impact of conflict and war. 

PLEASE MAKE YOUR DONATION TODAY

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