Safi Coffee Project
Every penny of profit from Safi Coffee pays for children to attend school in Uganda.
Safi Coffee is a very special initiative led by Hull Collegiate School. It is supported by local businesses and grant funding. We import Ugandan coffee to sell across the UK. Every penny of profit from Safi Coffee sales pays for Ugandan children to attend school.
Social entrepreneur and former politician, Dr Hamlet Mbabazi Kubushenga is the man that set up Great Lakes High School, its four feeder primary schools and the Great Lakes Regional College, ensuring an education, healthcare, accommodation, safe water and a secure food supply for thousands of Ugandan children. Every year our school sponsors 25 children at Great Lakes High School and every two years a team of pupils and staff travel to Uganda in order to teach and support pupils in the Kanungu District.
Pupils from Hull Collegiate School volunteer at four schools in the South West Region of the country. Children and parents there truly value education as an opportunity to escape the cycle of real poverty. Sadly many youngsters never get the chance. They are trapped on the family land by poverty. Pupils witnessed preschool children working barefoot on farmland, using machetes; a sight which inspired them to make a difference.
In 2015, during that year’s school trip to Uganda, the first thoughts of Safi Coffee were germinated. The team discovered that the coffee grown in the region is one of the best tasting coffees in the world. It benefits from a number of organic attributes. One being the advantageously high altitude it is grown at. Another being the impressively rich local soil.
The team knew that the coffee grown around the school sites could be the change. Not only was it bursting with flavour, but also opportunity. It is the first time that these gourmet beans have made their way to European coffee cups. And in doing so, it is creating farming jobs for the Ugandan families dedicated to its growth and cultivation.
Why would we do this? Why not? We have no extravagant CEO salaries to pay. No shareholders to satisfy. Just a group of pupils determined to make a difference. This is the most inspiring school project ever. Children have designed the packaging, painted the logo and are managing the accounts. They are learning about key business skills. It makes sense. For everyone. It makes a difference. Safi Coffee is now available to buy online www.saficoffee.co.uk, from Hull Collegiate School and from three local retailers. Safi raises vital funds to educate children in Uganda and change their lives completely. It costs just £180 to fund a child to attend school for a full year. This includes accommodation, food, uniform and healthcare.
Safi Coffee was officially launched in September 2018. Dr Hamlet Mbabazi Kubushenga visited from Uganda and spent the day at Hull Collegiate School. He led two assemblies and was the guest speaker during the evening celebration along with James Sweeting from Lincoln & York who store, grind, roast and package Safi Coffee.
Chris Wainman, Assistant Headteacher of Hull Collegiate School, said: ‘’This is the most inspiring school project ever. Pupils have designed the packaging, painted the logo and are managing the accounts. They are learning about key business skills. It makes sense. For everyone. It makes a difference. I am extremely proud of all our pupils involved in Safi Coffee and I look forward to watching it grow.’’