Ecom Agroindustrial Corp. Ltd
Ecom Agroindustrial Corp. Ltd is a global commodity trading and processing company predominantly specializing in coffee, cocoa and cotton in major producing and consuming countries. We work with the Costa Foundation in Vietnam, Nicaragua and Peru. Ecom started its first sustainable community projects in Mexico and Central America, to support farmers, in 1999, working together with demanding clients and respected NGOs. In the 15 years since those initial efforts, Ecom export companies around the world have developed considerable in-house capabilities to train and support farmers and to help improve the economic, social, environmental and health conditions of coffee growers and their families. It is with great pride that Ecom has partnered with the Costa Foundation to build the Dar Sar Kindergarten in the Lac Duong District of Vietnam.
Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia
In 1927 the Colombian coffee growers organized themselves to create an institution that would represent them both nationally and internationally, defend their rights and seek ways to improve their quality of life. The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) is a non-profit and politically independent organization. As the foremost coffee association in Colombia, FNC is present in every rural region where coffee is grown. Its work revolves around the coffee growers and their families ensuring Colombian Coffee is grown in a sustainable manner, strengthening common interests within coffee-growing communities while positioning Colombian Coffee as the best coffee in the world. FNC and COSTA Foundation promote quality education in the Colombian rural areas to improve welfare and peace conditions for the farmer families, in collaboration with local authorities and communities.
Imagine 1 Day
Founded in 2007 by Chip and Shannon Wilson, Imagine1day is a Canadian based charity that works only in Ethiopia and specifically on education projects. With a team of 33 staff members in Ethiopia; we are a goal oriented organisation genuinely committed to leaving a legacy at every level. In ten years we have built 283 classrooms in 47 new schools all in rural and isolated communities. In addition to constructing new schools in 4 districts we have also worked closely with 487 schools across 10 districts transforming lives through education and leadership. We have a distinctive approach to our work with leadership development as a key pillar to all that we do. We partner with rural communities in Ethiopia to provide in-depth teacher training and capacity building and goal setting providing resources and income-generating grants and providing new schools; built from the ground up. We spend a minimum of three years on a project and schools only graduate when we are sure the impacts of our efforts are sustainable.
PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools) is a UK-based charity and we work with the Costa Foundation in Uganda. We use an innovative SmartAid model to develop and run sustainable secondary schools that permanently widen access to education in Uganda and Zambia. Three in four children in Uganda, and two in three children in Zambia are unable to get a secondary education, largely due to a severe lack of places in affordable, quality secondary schools. PEAS uses a SmartAid approach to create financially sustainable secondary schools. Our schools generate enough internal revenue (through government subsidy, low fees and income generating projects) to run indefinitely and independently of UK fundraising. PEAS only build schools in areas where the need is greatest, and where children would otherwise be unable to receive a secondary education. We are 72% of the cost of so called free government schools. Our hope is that one day every child in Africa will benefit from a quality secondary education.
Plan is an international NGO with a presence in more than 70 countries, and we work with the Costa Foundation in Honduras. Our aim is to help children in the world’s poorest communities to build a better future by:
– Giving children a healthy start in life, including access to safe drinking water
– Securing the education of girls and boys
– Working with communities to prepare for and survive disasters
– Inspiring children to take a lead in decisions that affect their lives
– Enabling families to earn a living and plan for their children’s future
Our child-centred, community-level, relationships help children build a better future for themselves.
Seeds for Progress
The Seeds for Progress Foundation is a non-profit organization that improves access to high-quality education, a basic human right and contributes to social development and sustainable economic growth by creating opportunities to advance the quality of life for students, teachers and their families in the rural communities of Nicaragua and Guatemala coffee-growing regions. We promote strategic alliances at the local and international levels among educational stakeholders and with multiple actors along the coffee chain. The Foundation has been able to create opportunities for advancement for more than 6,000 students and 340 teachers.
Our programs foster innovation, empowerment, and education for students and teachers. We support these initiatives with access to technology, improvement of infrastructure, and a network of mentors that guarantee the successful implementation of the strategies and initiatives. We hold ourselves to high standards through a monitoring and evaluation system that improves our outcomes and measures results. These efforts contribute to the stability in their educational journey and help them achieve a lifetime of progress.
Our CSR policy is central to the culture of Volcafe because we support the objectives and spirit of accountable professional practices, which also make good business sense.
Since 2011, our partnership with Costa Foundation has greatly contributed to a closer collaboration with our coffee farmers and local communities in Peru, Vietnam and Colombia. Together, we have created access to education which has positively influenced the life of children today, and for many generations to come.
The partnership with Costa Foundation goes hand in hand with Volcafe’s activities in promoting sustainable coffee production. We are part of supply chains which are registered and approved by all the major certification and verification bodies, including Rainforest Alliance.