Trip to Uganda

So I’m excited.. I’m planning a trip in January 2019 to visit Coffee Honey Cooperative.

Why? Well key to the development of Sarah’s Coffee is to develop direct trade with producers in Africa. The whole point of Sarah’s Coffee is to raise funds for The Cariad Project but in a way that also puts money into the economy in Africa. Africa shouldn’t need to be reliant on charity, it needs fairtrade for everyone.

I’m so looking forward to seeing the coffee harvest and meeting the farmers.

The Coffee Honey Coop does amazing work as you’ve seen in previous blogs for young people with disabilities, for orphans and for women in business.

The visit to Uganda will enable me to see first hand the good work that they do and to see what The Cariad Project might be able to do to support them in their work.

The importance of my visit was brought home by the mudslides that hit Mount Elgon last month. A key part of the work is to make coffee producers more resilient to some of the environmental problems they are faced with.

Sarah’s Coffee helps by buying coffee but how can The Cariad Project help? Currently we are looking at building relationships between primary schools in Uganda and Flintshire to develop learning opportunities. I’m working with Sightbox in Liverpool to see if we can get help for young people with visual impairment. I’m talking to Cabinz to see how their building expertise in disaster areas might help. And I’ve spoken to Cariad Medic about the possibility of emergency training in the future.

This is all in its infancy but by visiting Uganda myself I hope to get a clearer understanding of the needs there to enable me to come back and put together support which is cohesive and reinforces the good work already taking place. The Cariad Project is about working with people, sharing skills and developing relationships and you can’t do that if you don’t see for yourself what is going on.

I hope you will join me in the New Year as I document my trip ♡