The Weaver Bird

What does an obscure bird have to do with Kenya Coffee Beans?

We sat in the office of the marketing manager of the Meru Coffee Union explaining to him our vision of creating a coffee business using Kenya coffee to provide education and medical assistance to Kenya’s many orphans and needy children. We explained to him that we knew it was barely “an ounce of prevention” but hoped that it would indeed be worth a “pound of cure”. He smiled and told us the African folk story of the tiny weaver bird.

One day a terrible fire broke out in a forest – a huge woodland area was suddenly engulfed by a raging wildfire. Frightened, all the animals fled their homes and ran out of the forest. As they came to the edge of a stream they stopped to watch the fire and they were feeling very discouraged and powerless. They were all bemoaning the destruction of their homes.

Every one of them thought there was nothing they could do about the fire, except for one little weaver bird.
This particular weaver bird decided it would do something. It swooped into the stream and picked up a few drops of water and went into the forest and put them on the fire. Then it went back to the stream and did it again, and it kept going back, again and again, and again. All the other animals watched in disbelief; some tried to discourage the weaver bird with comments like, “Don’t bother, it is too much, you are too little, your wings will burn, your beak is too tiny, it’s only a drop, you can’t put out this fire.”
And as the animals stood around disparaging the little bird’s efforts, the bird noticed how hopeless and forlorn they looked. Then one of the animals shouted out and challenged the weaver bird in a mocking voice, “What do you think you are doing?”
And the weaver bird, without wasting time or losing a beat, looked back and said

“I AM DOING WHAT I CAN.”

Please join us as we “DO WHAT WE CAN” to put out the raging fire of human trafficking and slavery in the sex trade and drug trade.

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