Our story begins in 2012 with a dinner conversation with a pastor friend of ours discussing his work with the orphans in Nairobi, Kenya. He and his wife have been working tirelessly to help Kenya’s children develop to their fullest potential and live productive lives. Without opportunity, and with little hope, many of these children enter into lives of slavery in the sex trade and the drug trade. The evening ended with an invitation to “come and see” what they were doing and hoped to do in the future.
In June of 2013, we did just that. Since that time, we have had the opportunity to visit Kenya several times and identify programs that are providing care, education, medical services as well as vocational training for teens, and assistance with school fees for needy children.
Our desire to find a way to create consistent funding for these projects, and for the future building of a children’s home and school, led us to consider using Kenya’s excellent coffee to create long term income to help Kenya’s children.
When we visited Kenya again in 2016, we were able to meet with and discuss our plans with officials in the coffee industry as well as visit a small coffee cooperative and form a relationship with a leading family in that co-op. During that visit, we also learned of the Special Needs Clinic at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet County, Kenya that provides much needed therapy and medical devices to children who would otherwise have no help. Often this assistance makes it possible for them to attend school.
One Ounce Coffee donates a minimum of 15% of its proceeds to Operation One Ounce. Operation One Ounce exists to support projects that are already serving Kenya’s neediest children. Its mission is to give children the tools to develop their potential through basic care and education in order to provide hope and economic opportunity and avoid the slavery of the sex trade or the drug trade as a means of survival.