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Coffee vs Gangs // Maria’s Story

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to the coffee vs gangs project that Kenco is currently involved in and I just wanted to share…

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Coffee vs Gangs

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to the coffee vs gangs project that Kenco is currently involved in and I just wanted to share the story of one of the participants with you.

Maria is one of the 19 young people that Kenco are working with to help them build a better future for themselves, by giving them the training and tools they need to be able to run their own coffee farm, Kenco hope to prevent them from becoming involved in gangs in Honduras.

Maria is one of the students in the Kenco supported scheme 'Gangs v Coffee'. It's purpose is to help young people from the Barrios choose an alternative to joining a gang. Coffee farm, Subriana, Honduras.
Maria is one of the students in the Kenco supported scheme ‘Gangs v Coffee’. It’s purpose is to help young people from the Barrios choose an alternative to joining a gang. Coffee farm, Subriana, Honduras.

Maria is 23 and a single mother. She lives with her mum and is full of determination to give her daughter a better chance at life when she had.

“For my daughter, I want the very best. I want to give her a good education so she can be better than me. Since the project started, I think big instead of small. Everything is different, there are goals and expectations.”

Maria tells us some of the horrible things that happen where she lives, including members of the gangs forcing women to have sex with them and live with them. The use and abuse women and even kill them.

Students being taught about disease's that affect coffee plants on the Coffe v Gangs year long training programme.  It's purpose is to help young people from the Barrios choose an alternative to joining a gang. Coffee farm, Subriana, Honduras.
Students being taught about disease’s that affect coffee plants on the Coffe v Gangs year long training programme. It’s purpose is to help young people from the Barrios choose an alternative to joining a gang. Coffee farm, Subriana, Honduras.

You can watch a video about Maria’s story on YouTube.

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19 comments

  1. What a lovely program! I hope Maria and all the other young people are able to benefit from this, and hat Kenco keep running such a great program for many years!

  2. That is such a fantastic idea! I love hearing about programs like this. I hope that all of those students are successful, and that they learn a lot from this.

    Nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award, by the way Corinne! Don’t feel obligated to do it if you would rather not, but if you’re interested the post is below! 🙂

  3. I’ve seen these adverts on TV and have been really inspired by some of them. Great cause to support.

    Lizzie Dripping

  4. Great idea. It’s harder to get out of a gang and getting help and guidance before doing that is so important.

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