Collaborating With Co-Ed

When Coffee Educators (Co-Ed) arrived last Wednesday they brought with them the first sunny day Pluma has seen in weeks.

Julz, Tagi and Amber have come from Lower Hutt in New Zealand to work alongside The Lucy Foundation (TLF) for a few weeks to learn more about the agricultural side of coffee farming and the processes of speciality coffee. “We also want to learn more about the heart of The Lucy Foundation, what the Mexico project involves and get to know more of the community they work with here in Pluma,” says Co’Ed Cafe on Queens Manager Julz Russ.

Other colabs TLF and Co-Ed hope to achieve include 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. “There are limited options for a lot of teenagers and some need to work to assist their families. If they were able to get a good understanding of coffee and barista skills they could apply for café and restaurant work and have unique skill sets to offer the industry here in Oaxaca”, says TLF Field Director Jess Sanders.

On top of that, the crew are looking to build new tables and furniture for a café that TLF works closely with in the centre of Pluma Hidalgo. The Co-Ed team would also like to teach basic LSM (Mexican sign language) to Ryan and Jess Sanders (TLF Field Directors) and some of the family members involved in the Mexico project. This will help with communication for workshops and general relationship building with the families.

Follow our journey with Co-Ed over the next few weeks by following their Facebook page (Coffee Educators Origin Stories) and see what the crew learn and achieve during their time in Mexico with The Lucy Foundation!


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Congratulations Robbie Francis for winning Attitude's Entrepreneur of the Year award! We're pretty stoked 😀

Robbie won the award for her work founding The Lucy Foundation and driving it forward as an organisation that empowers people with and without disability through employment and trade. She dedicated her award to the memory of Doña Alicia, who died earlier this week after a long struggle with diabetes.

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¡Felicidades, Robbie, por haber ganado el premio Attitude's Entrepeneur of the Year (Emprendedor con Actitud del Año)! Estamos muy emocionados 😀

Robbie ha ganado este premio por su trabajo como fundadora de The Lucy Foundation y su esfuerzo por llevarlo adelante como una organización que ayuda a empoderar a personas con y sin discapacidades, através del empleo y el intercambio. Dedicó su reconocimiento a Doña Alicia, quien falleció esta semana después de una dura lucha contra la diabetes.
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It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of doña Alicia - daughter, wife, mother to Juan and Hermino and friend to The Lucy Foundation. Doña Alicia lived with diabetes, and slipped into a coma earlier this week. Jess and Ryan were able to spend time with her before her passing and are now focusing on supporting Juan, Hermino and the extended whanau in the coming days and weeks.
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Con mucha pena les informamos del sentido fallecimiento de doña Alicia -hija, esposa, mamá de Juan y Hermino, y querida amiga de The Lucy Foundation. Doña Alicia vivió con diabetes por muchos años y entró en un coma a principios de semana. Jess y Ryan pudieron pasar tiempo con ella antes de su partida; ahora lo más importante es apoyar a Juan, Hermino y su familia en estos momentos.
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