|Save the Children Receives $2 Million from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. to Fight Hunger in Indonesia|
Children in Coffee Farming Communities to Benefit from Better Farming Practices and Education on Eating a Variety of Nutritious Foods
Eileen Burke 203.216.0718 (M)
WESTPORT, Conn. (Oct. 24, 2012) — Save the Children has received a $1.5 million grant from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) to fight hunger and improve the well-being of children in coffee-growing communities in Aceh province of Indonesia, a region where GMCR has sourced its coffee — much of it Fair Trade Certified™ and organic — for more than 10 years. This new grant brings GMCR's contributions to Save the Children programs in Indonesia to $2 million over the past two years.
The $1.5 million grant will fund a project called LINK — Livelihoods and Improved Nutrition for Kids, and is the second grant the company has given over three years to this project. The new funding will be used to expand the LINK program to additional families in the region. An initial $500,000 grant, awarded in 2010, targeted 5,500 small-scale coffee growing families. At the beginning of the project, 46% of families surveyed reported food shortages in the prior 12 months. After two years of education on food diversification, child health and nutrition, that number dropped to 6%.
"My husband and I never thought that a small parcel of land could be profitable to us," said Asnaini, a mother of three who lives in Bener Meriah, Indonesia. Save the Children's LINK program provided Asnaini with vegetable seeds and education on composting, fertilizing and pest control. "Through the home gardening program, I can provide my children more easily with healthy, nutritious food and also have a more consistent additional income which I can use to buy my children's school uniforms and supplies," Asnaini said.
"We have found that joining with other organizations enhances our ability to help farming families become more self-sufficient," said Rick Peyser, director of Social Advocacy and Supply Chain Community Outreach for GMCR. "The success of the LINK project is a great example of what can be accomplished when we all work together toward a common goal."
"We're grateful for GMCR's support of this LINK program," said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. "Together, we have strengthened food security for coffee growing families in Indonesia, and helped their children gain access to key health services."
The project with Save the Children is one of many projects funded by GMCR in the Aceh region of Indonesia to address the needs of small-scale coffee farmers, including programs around financial literacy, health care and sustainable coffee production.
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