Hull Collegiate School celebrates the launch of Safi Coffee
On Tuesday 26th September Hull Collegiate School celebrated the launch of Safi Coffee with a visit from The Honourable Reverend Dr Hamlet Mbabazi Kubushenga from Uganda. Award winning social entrepreneur and former politician, Dr Hamlet 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.
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.
It was back in 2015 when Safi Coffee was born, during a school trip to Uganda. Pupils from Hull Collegiate School volunteered at two 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.
The team discovered that it 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.
Safi Coffee 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. This is funded by selling the delicious coffee grown around the school sites.
Dr Hamlet led two assemblies and was the guest speaker during the evening celebration along with Sian Ferguson, James Sweeting from Lincoln & York who store, grind, roast and package Safi Coffee, and Andrea Asbury, Team Uganda leader.
During the day, Phil White, BBC Radio Humberside arrived at school in his Show on the Road bus to broadcast his lunchtime show which included several interviews with members of staff, pupils and Dr Hamlet.
Guests were welcomed with prosecco, turbo gin & tonic with Safi Coffee ice cubes and canapés with musical entertainment from ‘Answers on a Postcard’. They listened to presentations about where it all started followed by tasting this delicious coffee.
Chris Wainman, Assistant Headteacher of Hull Collegiate School and Safi Coffee Leader 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.’’
We would like to thank the following for all your suppport:
- Dr Hamlet Mbabazi Kubushenga
- Mrs Sian Ferguson
- Mr James Sweeting & colleagues, Lincoln & York
- Mrs Joanne Pinkney, Pinx Creative
- Mr Dan McIntyre, www.consultdan.co.uk
- Miss Eleanor Tomlinson, www.eleanortomlinsonart.co.uk
- Mrs Andrea Asbury, Team Uganda 2017 Leader
- Team Uganda 2010, 2013, 2015 & 2017
- Mr Gwyn Williams, Larry’s Bar
- Mr Rob Haworth, Answers on a Postcard (AOAP)
- Chartwells Catering
- Innes Photographers
- Mr Nick Tomlinson, Humberside Fire & Rescue Service
- Phil White, BBC Radio Humberside
- Geraldine Prosser, WE Day
This is an ongoing project we would like to encourage pupils to be involved with. If you would like your Son/Daughter to be part of the Safi Coffee Team, or if you are in a position to help in taking this forward, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.