I was recently alerted to the existence of an organization on the Quinnipiac University campus that is working towards a great cause. The organization is SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), and they have started a project to help raise funds and awareness of a small coffee-producing village in Cameroon, Africa called Bawa.
The village is small, and the coffee beans they produce are their only means of living. Currently they do not have the necessary equipment to produce a top-notch finished bean, so part of the aim of the SIFE students is to help produce a better way of creating a great finished product to sell to the global market.
The main problem in the village, though, is health. The nearest health center is six miles away, and they are only able to reach it by foot because not one person has a vehicle. Many people die en route to the health center, and many more never even try to make the trip.
This is where the SIFE students are trying to make a difference. This past weekend, they had a kick-off party for their new organization to help raise funds to build a health center in Bawa. They call their organization “Cafe Cameroon”. The students are buying the coffee beans from Bawa at fair-trade prices and then selling them by the pound in the greater New Haven area. They completely sold out of 150 pounds of beans last weekend, and their next shipment will be 4,000 pounds. 100% of the profits from sales are going to the fund to build the health center.
The main reason for this post is to ask for help. The health center will cost $300,000 to build and staff, and last weekend alone over $2,000 was raised. Still, more distribution channels are needed. If you would like to help, or know of someone who would, please do not hesitate to contact me or the organization at www.CafeCameroon.com.
Thank you all for your help,and good luck to Cafe Cameroon.