I am not usually a fan of coffee shops but was back in my home town where I see there is a new branch of Costa, so thought I'd go in and get a coffee and a flapjack. There was a "guess the number of coffee beans" in the jar competition, so I paid my money and made my guess with the proceeds going to the Costa Foundation. This was set up to improve the welfare of coffee-growing communities in countries such as Colombia, Guatemala, Uganda, Ethiopia and Costa Rica.
Between 2006 and 2009, we set ourselves some tough targets. We're pleased to say that every one of these we've not only met, but in many cases bettered.
We built and furnished 55 classrooms
Provided jobs for 120 teachers
Given 4,500 children access to education
Introduced remote "tele-medicine" technology
Enlisted government supportBecause of this success, we've set our targets for 2010 even higher. By the end of the year, we aim to:
Provide access to education for 7,600 children
Build five more schools
Provide 21 more classrooms
Support 16 coffee-growing communities
Ensure sustainable income and managementFor more details on these new projects, click on the links below:By 2012/13 our aim is to give 15,000 children access to education. However, education isn't all about children. It also provides jobs and trades for adults and brings entire communities together.