About The Lucy Foundation

Vision:

Empowerment of persons with disabilities.

Mission:

The Lucy Foundation is committed to empowering people with disabilities by working with local communities to promote education, employment and a culture of disability inclusiveness through environmentally, economically and ethically sustainable trade.

History:

Naming a social enterprise after a prosthetic leg may seem unusual, but for the founding members of The Lucy Foundation it simply makes sense. Co-founder, Robbie Francis, was born with a physical disability. She learned to walk on an artificial leg that became familiarly known as ‘Lucy Leg’. Robbie is the first to admit that she grew up in a world of privilege and opportunity. But things could have turned out very differently – a thought that hit home after she recently returned from working as a disability rights monitor in, what she describes as, some of the darkest places on earth. In the words of kiwi singer Brooke Fraser:

“Now that I have seen, I am responsible.”

Having shared these experiences with Ben, Simone and Jess, it was agreed – there was no way they could continue with the status quo, knowing what they now knew. Documenting the problem was not enough – they wanted to become an active part of the solution. So The Lucy Foundation was born… a group of young people committed to developing inclusive, ethical, and sustainable models of business with a focus on meaningful employment for people with disabilities.

Read more about The Lucy Foundation’s first project 

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That's a wrap! Thanks for sharing the coffee dream with us Co-Ed. Safe travels back to Aotearoa New Zealand - we can't wait to hear your stories, see your photos and share your videos. Watch this space, more coming soon. ... See MoreSee Less

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Friday feels: After days in the dark following the massive earthquake in Mexico, the power has been turned on just in time for the TLF and Co-Ed barista training! Wohoo!

Power permitting, they'll run two three-day courses in Barista training skills; one for local people with disabilities and then another for teenagers that are gearing up to leave school.
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QUAKE UPDATE: When we met with the Coffee Educators Ltd crew a couple of months back to talk through the Pluma Hidalgo visit, we told them to expect power outages. We chuckled at the thought of trying to use sign language in the dark, while holding a torch in their mouths so they can see each other sign!

Little did we know, a massive earthquake would plunge Pluma into days without power, phone reception or water! Contact is still limited, but family members report some contact with the Sanders (Jessica Pantoja-Sanders), Amber Shaw, Julz Russ and Tagialofa Sefina Eneliko. There is no town water supply so they're collecting rain water from the roof. Unfortunately, without power there is no way to pump the water back into the tank. Apparently the Sanders managed to pay someone to use their inverter, so they could run it off their car battery and fill the tank back up with rain water. Despite the darkness, spirits are high and they're all enjoying screen free candlelit card games. Slips and cracks in the roads mean access is limited, and a few buildings have come down. But most have already been fixed up.

And perhaps our favourite report... Ebony Sanders (5) slept through the entire quake! Classic! <3 <3 <3 😴😴😴
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Morena! We just wanted to let you know we were finally able to touch base with TLF Field Director, Jessica Pantoja-Sanders, and the Coffee Educators Ltd crew in the night. They are shaken but safe following the 8.1 earthquake in Mexico.

Power remains out in Pluma and it sounds like there's a lot of structural and internal damage. But incredibly, no serious injuries. Phone data and battery is limited, so if they don't reply to your messages straight away, it's only because they're saving juice! They are now checking in with neighbours and friends to make sure they are ok too.

We'll keep you updated when we hear more. Thank you for all your concerns, messages, thoughts and prayers <3
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