News: Mexico, January 2015

On the 31st of December 2014 we embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. Setting off in two groups – Jess and Simone on one flight, and myself and Ben on the other – we converged in Mexico City airport for an 8-hour layover. As the clock struck midnight we excitedly raised our plastic cups to health, adventures and an exciting 2015.

Having collected our Colombian friend and coffee expert, Miguel, from arrivals, we boarded our next flight to the south of Mexico. Over the mountains we flew, descending into the tiny thatched roof airport of Huatulco. Two more hours on the road and we finally made it to Zipolite, a place we would soon call home. Forty hours without sleep; 30 degrees and humid discomfort.

After a swim, a couple of Coronas and a good night’s sleep we were ready for what lay ahead. First on the agenda was meeting Sofia and Flavia from Piña Palmera. We weren’t quite sure what to expect. But nervousness was immediately quelled by the generous and warm hospitality of the staff and members at the centre. Set amongst an oasis of coconut trees, Piña Palmera is a centre for people with disabilities. With more than 30 years experience in the field, Piña Palmera’s mission is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families through workshops, community-based rehabilitation, therapy and education. At present they work with 350 families across five municipalities. These guys really know their stuff when it comes to disability rights, inclusion, integration and equality!

Over the next couple of days we watched, listened and learned as the team at Piña Palmera shared their knowledge about the region and disability with us. I think we all agree that the highlight of the trip was when Flavia and Sofia drove us into the mountains to meet the locals of Pluma Hidalgo. With a population of only 3000, Pluma is a coffee-growing hub – it’s in their blood. We met with local people with disabilities and their families, and had a round-table discussion about the challenges and strengths of their community, coffee growing and living with disability. We then visited the homes of each family and checked out their back-yard coffee crops. This was particularly insightful, and we could see Miguel’s mind go into overdrive as he excitedly exchanged tips and knowledge with the locals. While it’s clear that improvements to plant quality can be made, there is also a wealth of knowledge for us to learn from.

We left Zipolite feeling both humbled and excited… and with a lot of work to do! Meeting face-to-face with the people at Piña Palmera and Pluma Hidalgo gave us a new appreciation for the project and those we are collaborating with. Our trip was far too short, but there our hearts remain – in Mexico awaiting our return in the near future. Now the hard work begins… making it happen!

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This fertiliser will eventually be used to regenerate the soil where our delicious coffee grows.

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Last night Robbie Francis Watene had the pleasure of presenting at the Rototuna Rotary Club in Hamilton. The club has supported TLF for several years now. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by such kind and generous Rotarians who believe whole heartedly in the motto of 'service above self'.

On that note... did you know that TLF was born in Kirikiriroa (Hamilton)? All of our co-founders have strong ties to the Waikato, and have been working on an exciting new project to promote training and employment opportunities for disabled Kiwis in the region. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!

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It's Friday! Remember all that soil the team prepared in bags and seedling trays a couple of weeks back? Well, now it's time to plant the turmeric and ginger! Mmm, delicioso!

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Follow the recent 7.4 earthquake in Oaxaca, our team sprung into action to assist their neighbours. Thanks to the generous donations from supporters in Aotearoa New Zealand, the team were able to purchase building supplies to help fix structural damage. Here they are delivering materials to local families, which will be used to reconstruct homes. The local children were very happy to help too!

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A lovely wee surprise to wake up to today...

TLF's Robbie Francis Watene has been named one of 30 global disability rights activists on Diversability’s D-30 Disability Impact List.

The list celebrates 30 years of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), and Robbie's nomination was chosen from over 400 submissions. More information about the list and honourees is available at: mydiversability.com/d30

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