Coffee Kids has announced it is back up and running as an independently managed program of Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung North America.
> Coffee Kids temporarily suspended its program in 2014 due to financial difficulty, after 26 years working with coffee growing communities.
Through its alignment with Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung North America, Coffee Kids will resume its activities, with a focus on youth entrepreneurship.
Coffee Kids said the philosophically aligned partnership would enable it to remain committed to its original mission of community-based development.
“Our innovative people-centered approach set a gold standard in coffee community-based work that has inspired many others,” said Coffee Kids Co-founder Dean Cycon. “As the designer of the original development program, I am so excited to see it continue.”
Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung works with smallholder farmers in 14 countries, with a focus on youth development, gender equity, and food security.
Managing Director Jens Sorgenfrei said that the private foundation is committed to sustainability through grassroot support.
“By facilitating training and mentoring to young coffee farmers and their families, Coffee Kids will foster the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit that will empower their communities,” said Sorgenfrei. “We are very excited and honoured to take up Coffee Kids as a program within our foundation.”
Coffee Kids will continue to rely on donor support for program funding.