NEWS: What Have We Been Up To?

We’re well into 2016 now and hope you’ve all had a fantastic start to the year. We certainly have!  The Lucy Foundation team has been hard at work in Mexico and New Zealand pulling together research, ideas, dreams and concepts to establish TLF as a social enterprise and move into the next phase of fundraising and coffee production.

Robbie and Courtney celebrated this Christmas and New Year with our friends in Central and South America. Their mission? To learn more about coffee in the region and build rapport with local coffee farming communities.

Their first stop was Armenia, Colombia, to spend time with TLF coffee extraordinaire, Miguel Mendoza (some of you may remember Miguel from our last visit to Mexico). Miguel showed Robbie and Courtney around his new farm to see how specialty coffee is grown and processed for the New Zealand market.

Next they travelled to Popayan, Colombia to meet Fedar, an organisation that provides alternative education for people with disabilities. Fedar also has a coffee farm, which is used to teach people with disabilities maths, agriculture and administration outside of the traditional classroom. Fedar has been incredibly supportive of the current coffee project in Mexico and were happy to share their experiences with TLF.

Robbie and Courtney then flew to Zipolite – a small coastal village in the south of Oaxaca, Mexico, nestled below the mountains of Pluma Hidalgo. They spent the first three weeks living and volunteering with our partner organisation, Piña Palmera. Piña Palmera have been working with people with disabilities in the region for over 30 years and have played an integral role in facilitating the relationship between TLF, local people with disabilities, their families and the wider Pluma Hidalgo community.

At the end of January Ryan, Jessica and Miguel joined Robbie and Courtney in Zipolite. The first week was spent planning, collaborating, developing ideas, building drying beds, de-pulping, de-husking (done by foot with the inner tube of a motorbike tyre!), and roasting the coffee parchment purchased from five families in Pluma Hidalgo who are involved in the TLF project. Each family comes from a long history of coffee farming, and has a family member with a disability.

The team spent their final day in Oaxaca in Pluma Hidalgo, tasting coffee purchased from the five families (now hand sorted, processed and roasted using speciality coffee processes) and discussing what an international buyer might be looking for in specialty coffee. Miguel and Ryan then lead the families in an exercise to build a compost bin with only resources and tools found around the home. It was fantastic to see everyone getting involved, demonstrating how they can work together to create a compost bin from resources they already have and prepare compost for returning nutrients to the soil.

Not long now until we announce the details of phase one of the project.

Stay tuned!


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We're making more fertiliser! A mix of whey, molasses, milk, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins... this is microbiology in action. As Cata tells the team: these microorganisms are offering their life, to give more life!

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

Purchase your inclusive coffee beans today: www.thelucyfoundation.com/help-us-out/

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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!

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

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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!

Support this project by donating or purchase your TLF coffee today: www.thelucyfoundation.com/help-us-out/

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2 weeks ago

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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!

Thank you for your ongoing support. Without your donations, we could not do what we do. To donate to TLF, head to: www.thelucyfoundation.com/donate/

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2 weeks ago

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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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[Image description: On a black background with gold confetti sprinkled from the top, gold block text at the top, “The D-30 Disability Impact List.” Below, a gold bar with text in black, “2020 Honoree.” Below, a photo of Robbie next to her name in white and their country in a gold bar. In the bottom corner, the Diversability logo in white and the hashtag #D30DisList. In the photo Robbie sits with her legs crossed. She is wearing black, has a red head scarf, and a brightly coloured Lucy Leg (prosthetic) and shoes.]
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