Fairtrade Fortnight: Insomnia's Community Projects

Since 2010 we raised funds during Fairtrade Fortnight by donating for every Fairtrade tea and coffee sold. The funds raised are directly donated to two nominated Insomnia Projects at the Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union in Ethopia (OCFCU), and to the Hekima Girls School in Bukoba, Tanzania.

The projects are undertaken in the three locations within the OCFCU, namely: Kilenso Rasa, Kilenso Mekonisa, Dimtu Hambela and Hekima Bukoba (Tanzania) high schools. The projects have an impact on the level of the quality of education and changing attitudes of the society to new ideas and technologies.

Insomnia s two nominated projects:


The OCFCU has realised the importance of girl empowerment in schools and communities. It is demonstrated to be the rightful platform for girls to realise their full potential and to stand against all atrocities targeted at them and to create equality between different genders.

The main purpose of this project is to:

  • Improve gender empowerment in schools while promoting the full growth and development of female students in all aspects of life and to help respond to the various challenges girls face.
  • Girls’ scholarship support provides Bursaries for Government University / College’s and also provides hygiene and school kit support.
  • Improve the awareness level and knowledge base of OCFCU society and school communities on gender related issues.


One of the major problems facing the education sector is the lack of quality that exists, high student teacher ratio, under trained teachers and limited teaching materials and text books.  Libraries are critical in supporting education and literacy needs of the society.

The purpose contributes towards:

  • Improving the level of the quality in education through establishing school libraries for accessing literature, educational and academic work throughout OCFCU society. It is responsible for the provision of recommended Library collection: reference and textbooks, higher education & tertiary texts, childrens story books and audio visual materials etc.
  • Improving the quality level of education in 3 high schools that have 2940 students per year.
  • Improving educational and library facilities suitable for offering quality education for 2940 students 90 teachers & supportive staff.
  • Promoting a reading culture and controlling the unemployed youth.

Bobby Kerr, Chairman Insomnia Coffee Company about our two nominated projects

“I’ve personally visited the Oromia Coffee Farmers in 2010 and was very moved by what I saw. We are embracing the initiative and we are very happy with the opportunity to contribute to better living conditions for farmers and workers by sourcing Fairtrade coffee as well as supporting additional Insomnia Projects at a grass roots level. It is very important to us that our customers can make the connection with the work we are doing in Africa with the coffee they are buying in our stores.”

3. Healthcare In Schools

Excitement buildsSickness is a major concern, with malaria impacting on average of 20 students each week. Our Fairtrade Project this year set out to raise money in order to provide the Hekima Girls School in Bukoba, Tanzania with a new infirmary which we hope will effectively take care and improve students health, improve school nurses efficiency, reduce healthy students nursing the sick therefore improving students’ academic performance.

All this will not only benefit the students but also their families and the school at large. Moreover, we are considering the possibility of the dispensary giving emergency first aid to neighbouring villagers.

The infirmary will accommodate 10 students, 1 nurse’s bedroom, a small, simple kitchen and dining room for patients, a pharmacy (medicine storage room), a laboratory and examination room.

The cost of this project was €27,686 with the requested grant from Fairtrade being €20,705. Of this amount, Insomnia raised approximately €11 thousand of the €20,705 total, which is over half of the required amount to make sure this project got the green light and the Hekima girls school gets their much needed Infirmary. We were able to achieve this feat with your help, with every hot beverage sold during Fairtrade Fortnight, 5 cents was donated to this wonderful project, so a massive thanks has to go out to all our wonderful Insomnia customers, who played a vital role to insure these projects are a success. 

4. The Construction Process

Almost CompleteInsomnia announced the goal of the project back in February of 2014, with the tireless efforts of the workers in Tanzania and help of our brilliant customers during our Fairtrade Fortnights, it is almost complete. Early October is the timeline for this infirmary to be ready to go and benefit the community. It is remarkable that the construction has stayed on task through many unavoidable obstacles, such as large sized storms back in December.

The finishing steps in completing the infirmary are under way as the cement has been laid for a finished floor and plastering for the ceiling is in progress. Sister Esther of the school says the building has taken shape quite nicely and there is an air of excitement among the school girls. The amount of gratitude to all the local workers and Insomnia customers who have helped this project thus far is immeasurable.

Thank you, we cannot do it without you!


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