For children growing up in the isolated coffeelands, educational opportunites are scarce. We’re working to change that.
4 million children in Latin America do not attend school. The largest education gap exists for children living in poverty and in rural areas.
Coffee is a labor-intensive crop with pressure from the global buyers to keep costs low. Consequently, families working on coffee farms in Nicaragua earn an average of $4 per day and live in a perpetual cycle of poverty.
Rural schools are difficult to reach and lack basic resources like trained teachers. Families, thinking economically and having concerns about the safety and quality of schools, choose to withdraw their children from school to work in the coffee fields to earn money.
How do we tackle the problem of unequal access to education?
We believe the education of children is a shared responsibility. We take a full-circle approach and work with families, local government, coffee estate farms, and community leaders to create schools for children of the coffeelands. Our core innovation is partnering with larger-scale coffee farmers who are striving to promote corporate social responsibility in agriculture. This creates not only resources on these farms, but also helps children living nearby who also experience unequal access to education and are at high risk for child labor. With every school we establish, we hire and train teachers to work with families and implement high quality programming to help children sustain their love of learning for years to come.