Dr Robbie Francis Watene

In 2013 Robbie was given the opportunity to intern for an international disability rights group in Mexico. Having witnessed first hand the shocking conditions many people with disabilities are forced to live in, she decided to become an active part of the solution. So in 2014 she and her friends co-founded The Lucy Foundation.

Robbie, who lives with a disability herself, is particularly passionate about developing more inclusive, safer and peaceful communities through sustainable and collaborative initiatives. Having studied International Conflict Resolution and Mediation in Israel-Palestine, Robbie recently passed with no revisions her PhD at the University of Otago National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in New Zealand. The focus of her research was inclusive and accessible research methodologies, peacebuilding, and the experiences of people with disabilities during conflict and displacement.

Robbie has worked as an advisor to the New Zealand government on various strategies, and currently sits on three governance boards. She also works as a Senior Researcher at the Donald Beasley Institute, and is Project Lead for the Disabled Person-Led Monitoring of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Meet the farmers:

"They are the ones who work the land day after day under the sun. They are those who fertilise the sacred land with love and humility, which in gratitude returns them with coffee beans. They are our producers with whom we work hand in hand to recover ancestral knowledge." - Catalina (TLF Field Director, Mexico).

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2 weeks ago

The Lucy Foundation

A very happy birthday to our Master Carpenter, Klaus Elías. From all of the team in Mexico and Aotearoa, thank you for the dedication, patience, heart and soul you put into everything you do. We send you best wishes and a year filled with blessings and success. To read more about Elías, head to our website:

www.thelucyfoundation.com/team_member/elias-molina-arellanes/#more-10934

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2 weeks ago

The Lucy Foundation

We love seeing your pics! Able Coffee Collaborative customer, Evan Clulee, sent us this photo of him enjoying his morning brew of TLF Pluma. Evan is a well known Kiwi para-athlete, who made his Paralympic debut in wheelchair racing at Barcelona in 1992 (breaking NZ records!). Like us, Evan is also passionate about equal employment opportunities for disabled people (and coffee of course). Thanks for your ongoing support Evan! Cheers!

Buy your disability inclusive coffee now: www.thelucyfoundation.com/help-us-out/

#paralympicsnz #disabilityemployment #disabilityinclusion #paraathlete #thebestcoffeeofalliscoffeeforall #AbleCoffeeCollaborative #thelucyfoundation Paralympics New Zealand

[Image description: Evan at home, holding a coffee mug. In front of him is a coffee bag branded TLF Pluma. Evan is contented, wears glasses and a blue hoodie with orange trim. He holds up a mug of coffee.]
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4 weeks ago

The Lucy Foundation

Good news... a couple of days ago TLF Director, Catalina, managed to leave the village and travel two hours to the coast to collect supplies for the families we partner with. Those are some happy faces! Still no reported cases of Covid-19 in Pluma Hidalgo, but locals continue to stay home, save lives, and sort coffee.

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4 weeks ago

The Lucy Foundation

Thank you to everyone who supported our Mother’s Day colab with Downlights and Able Coffee Collaborative - we have now officially sold out!

Were you a recipient of a bundle? We would love to hear from you... share a photo of how you're enjoying your inclusive coffee and candle and we'll post it to our stories!

In other news, we've also just heard that Downlights have extended their equity crowdfunding campaign, so there's still time to become an investor in their amazing candle company!

#ThankYou #MothersDay #Coffee #Candles #DisabilityEmployment

[Image description: On the left is a small white box with gold lettering that says, "Downlights New Zealand bamboo and white lily". On the right is a bag of coffee with the TFL and Able logo with inclusive artwork featuring diverse people. The label reads, "Thank you for all you Brew for me, enjoy your Lucy Blend". In the background is a pink Moccamaster coffee machine.]
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