Every year, since 2009, we have taken part in Fairtrade Fortnight, where a percentage from each hot beverage sold is donated to our nominated Insomnia Community projects, to date we have raised over €77,874.
For the past three years, the funds raised during Fairtrade Fortnight have gone directly to the construction of a student Infirmary and Dispensary for the Hekima Girls School in Bukoba, Tanzania, our nominated Fairtrade project.
The Hekima Girls School is located in the rural village Kashozi, close to Bukoba town. The school was primarily set-up to rescue young women by providing them with quality education especially those from poor economic backgrounds who would otherwise be faced with hostile cultural, economic, academic and social injustices.
One of the most pressing challenges is looking after students’ health, on average 20 students are treated for Malaria each week, needing bed rest. The new infirmary houses 10 students, 1 nurses bedroom, kitchen, pharmacy, laboratory and examination room. As well as combating Malaria and other diseases, it provides the school nurse ample time and space to take care of sick students, so healthy students can concentrate on their studies, therefore ultimately promote students academic performance.
The funds raised during Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 were used to successfully complete the final stages of the project.
Last month Sr. Esther, Headmistress, gave us an update on the project and wrote us:
“We continue to thank Insomnia Coffee Company and all friends from Fairtrade Ireland. We are proceeding well with the Infirmary project at Hekima Girls’ Secondary School.”
The funds raised through Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 will go directly to our new Insomnia Fairtrade project of the ACPC Pichanaki Coffee Cooperative, Peru.