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Our Mission

Our Mission

Our Mission Descriptor

It’s not just about great Colombian coffee. It’s about people: half of the company’s profits support social-inclusion and opportunity-enhancing social projects around the world that seek to improve people’s quality of life by enhancing their educational, vocational, social and altogether general life skills.

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Our Mission-Project 1

PROJECT 1

Tecnocentro, Cali, Colombia

Project 1 Descriptor

The Tecnocentro community college in the heart of one of the most difficult neighborhoods in the city of Cali, Potrero Grande, is a model of hope and exceptional efforts against very strong odds. The area suffers from ‘invisible line’ syndrome, whereby different groups of young people band together to protect and enforce their geographical areas of ‘control’, punishing anyone from alternative groups and zones who deigns to cross over the ‘line’. This has lead to high rates of violence and uncertainty in the area, stifling any kind of economic growth or social cohesion.

Enter Tecnocentro. Jointly funded from private and public funds, it offers anyone of any age or circumstance the chance to learn something new or to improve on what they might already know. An alternative. There are classes in dance, music, painting, wood and ceramic design, computing, English, Spanish, and much more. There is also help with applying for jobs and with preparation for an interview. The overriding aim of Tecnocentro is to help prevent violence and foster a culture of peace and co-existence via access to educational, cultural and income-generation programs for children, youth and adults.

Cafe + is working with the Tecnocentro center to help it better channel and fully utilize its existing resources, as well as contributing directly with funds towards improving and upgrading facilities; and with helping its students to open up their worlds, literally, via providing maintenance grants for further and higher education.

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Our Mission – Splitter Coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Mission – Project 2

PROJECT 2

Incolballet

Project 2 Descriptor

Founded 37 years ago,  the Institute’s mission is to further cultural and educational development in the arts and dance spaces across the country of Colombia as a whole, within the challenging context of an on-going 65 year-old internal war that has uprooted  hundreds of thousands from their homes and villages, and expanded greatly the size of cities. The institute offers three art-based programs: Classical Ballet, National and Contemporary Dance, and Traditional and Folkloric Cultures. 

Based in Cali, Colombia, it currently has 456 students, many of whom take advantage of the institute’s full, all-day educational program, that combines traditional schooling topics with ballet and dance programs. Against the odds, the  institute has produced some exceptional dancers down the years, some of whom have gone on to dance internationally in highly regarded companies, including the English National Ballet.

The Institute takes a good number of its students from highly disadvantaged, low-income or no-income sections of society, who depend completely upon grants, scholarships and donations for their tuition fees and to purchase clothing, shoes and other materials they need for their school and dance activities. The Colombian government helps out where it can, with funding from the Ministry of Culture and from various regional bodies.

Cafe + is working with Incolballet to better understand what they need. As a beginning, we are offering study and maintenance grants for pupils from very low income or no-income families, as well as purchasing ballet shoes for those students that are unable to afford them: a good pair of ballet shoes can cost around US$150.00, and with continuous use can last up to three months or so. Without good shoes, dance performance, and so access to future opportunities, suffers.

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Our Mission Spltter-Ballet

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Our Mission Splitter – Ballet 2

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Our Mission – Project 3

PROJECT 3

Colegio Academico

Buga, Colombia

Project 3 Descriptor

Reinserting ex-child soldiers into mainstream society isn’t an easy task. At Colegio Academico every effort is made to both rehabilitate and educate vulnerable children. But, in an unstable environment , even something as simple as a square meal isn’t a guarantee. Hungry children find it difficult to concentrate on their lessons. This means they are vulnerable to falling back into a life of crime where violence seems like a small price to pay to be fed 

Cafe+ proceeds will go towards providing a guaranteed meal for the students of Colegio Academico. The certainty of a meal helps to keep children focused and engaged with their lessons. It’s a big incentive to ensure they stay in school and away from Colombia’s ongoing conflict. 

Check out http://mineducacion.gov.co for more information!

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Our Mission – Project 4

PROJECT 4

SMart Network

London

Project 4 Descriptor

For 16 years, SMart has been empowering the socially marginalised in London through creative activities. By nurturing the artistic talents of its members, SMart’s program re-engages its members with the wider community and is striving to end the stigma around mental illness and homelessness. 

CAFE+ proceeds will help fund a space for the centre, run gallery events and help SMart act as an effective support network for vulnerable people trying to find peace in the arts. 

Check out http://smartnetwork.org.uk/ for more information!