Blog: And the rains came down

You know and expect the rainy season to bring rain… but how much rain, how fast and what it will bring with it, is something you can’t quite prepare for.

Three weeks ago, the rainy season began and last week it brought with it the looming threat of incredibly heavy rainfall.

On Wednesday, that threat developed into Tropical Storm Beatriz, hitting Oaxaca on Thursday evening. Although it never eventuated into a Hurricane, it left behind a trail of disaster in its wake.

Over the past two months we have been measuring rainfall on the roof of our house. Last week the increase was so dramatic that on one day we accumulated over 390mm of water. Wednesday evening, as we were (very thankfully) tucked up in our cosy bed, we could hear the sound of water on the walls, seeping into our room. As we quickly turned on the light to inspect the floor, we realised that even though our home is made from solid concrete, houses here just aren’t built to withstand these conditions. On Thursday night, after visiting friends for a dinner by candlelight, we decided to leave our truck up the hill stuck in mud and return home by foot, venturing out in the storm.

We got off disaster free, with only seven leaks in our home. But the same cannot be said for others, both here in Pluma and throughout southern Mexico.

Around our beautiful state of Oaxaca the storm created landslides, destroyed homes, caused nine rivers to overflow, collapsed roads, left many people displaced and robbed men, women and children of their lives.

Walking through the villages and towns here, you might not think this storm affected many at all. However, when you speak to people and visit their homes – you see and hear quite a different story. Maybe it’s because those that live here, have learned to be resilient. Or maybe it’s from years of devastating events, that this mindset has developed. Whatever it is, these villages have stood here for generations and although homes may not be built to withstand hurricane season, the people here in Pluma Hidalgo certainly are.


Drawing of hands holding coffee beans


By Jess Pantoja-Sanders – TLF Field Director, Mexico


The Lucy Foundation’s team in Mexico are gearing up to fix homes damaged by tropical storm Beatriz. To do this, they will need proper tools and provisions. To help out, you can donate here

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Print 3 of 4! Did we mention that Anna Coleman (designer) and Department of Brewology have agreed to donate all proceeds from these incredible prints to The Lucy Foundation? You can pre-order the full set of 4 for $30 from our website now!

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5 days ago

The Lucy Foundation

Throw back Thursday: The pictures we posted earlier remind us of the video Coffee Educators Ltd baristas made when they visited our crew in Mexico! They came to learn about the Pluma Coffee Project and teach universally designed barista classes in English, Spanish and sign language!
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In September 2017, 3 Deaf team members from Coffee Educators embarked on a journey to support The Lucy Foundation in Pluma Hidalgo, Mexico. This is their story.
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The Lucy Foundation

2nd ANNOUNCEMENT: We are super excited to announce 2nd design by @annacolemanillustration for the Department of Brewology and The Lucy Foundation!

Remember, all profits from these prints will be donated to The Lucy Foundation, enabling us to continue our work by ensuring the coffee process is completely inclusive of disabled people from farmer to consumer. How's that for positive change?!

This collection is part of an on-going collaboration series with Department of Brewology - an American-based design-oriented brand devoted to the art & science of specialty coffee.

Here is our second profile from our inclusive value chain of coffee (Mexico to NZ) and Anna's amazing illustrations. Watch this space for more info about how to purchase these rad prints...

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Our very own Dr. Robbie Francis is currently in Colombia with the Polus delegation to talk with land mine survivors about what they need to enable them to lead their best lives. She is also talking to coffee producers about disability inclusion and Universal Design in their washing stations and cupping labs.
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[Image description: In this photo Robbie Francis from The Lucy Foundation stands looking at the camera smiling. She is showing her prosthetic leg. To Robbie's right is landmine survivor Luis Ariel Ibarguen, also showing his prosthetic leg].As a member of the Polus Center's Colombian victim assistance delegation, Dr. Robbie Francis, Ph.D. from New Zealand and Director of The Lucy Foundation compares prosthetic legs with landmine survivor Luis Ariel Ibarguen.
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The Lucy Foundation

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are super excited to announce the launch of these epic designs by @annacolemanillustration for the Department of Brewology and The Lucy Foundation!

Profits from these prints will be donated to The Lucy Foundation, enabling us to continue our work by ensuring the coffee process is completely inclusive of disabled people from farmer to consumer. How's that for positive change?!

This collection is part of an on-going collaboration series with Department of Brewology - an American-based design-oriented brand devoted to the art & science of specialty coffee.

Over the comings days we will showcase profiles from our inclusive value chain of coffee (Mexico to NZ) and Anna's amazing illustrations. Watch this space for more info about how to purchase these rad prints...

#thebestcoffeeofalliscoffeeforall #value #ableismistrash #thingsdisabledpeopleknow #plumacoffeeproject #socialenterprise #buygooddogood #nzinmexico #lucyarm
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