If you love Christmas, you should visit us in the Philippines! The yuletide season marked by the start of the fall months is a joyous celebration that focuses on food, family, and fun. Anywhere with electricity, Christmas songs drift out over the radio and television. Christmas songs can be heard around the clock: riding in public transportation, shopping in markets or passing by homes.
Impact. That is what changed Zeyar’s life and the lives he’s pouring into today.
Impact is like a snowflake that ever-so-gently floats down and lands on a snowy mountaintop. It has the potential to shift the weight of the mountain, no matter how seemingly small. Snowflake after snowflake, impact after impact, a final snowflake shifts all the snow underneath it. Soon an avalanche is created changing the face of the mountain itself; it's reformed by an impact that gained momentum and created a movement that affected everything in its path.
“I regret everything,” whispered Karim.
In 2009, a group of men offered young Karim roughly 300 US dollars a month for what he thought was military training. After three months he was released and instructed to go home and wait. He returned to his normal life and didn’t hear anything for more than 8 years.
A few weeks ago I was enjoying a cup of our organic criollo, a South American coffee cultivar, at a project site in Mexico. It’s a gift to see the growing hope in a community when we partner with them through practical means like coffee projects. What we’re about to share with you — a simple but revolutionary coffee product — is going global and it has potential to significantly expand our projects’ impact, especially those in the Upper Mekong Basin of South Asia. It’s exciting to think that now a single coffee cup can help protect kids from child soldiering.