Social Development Investments
Guatemala is a very important coffee-growing country for Starbucks. Some of our favorite coffees from Starbucks® Guatemala Antigua to seasonal favorite Guatemala Casi Cielo® are made possible thanks to the efforts of farming communities in Guatemala.
Since 2005, Starbucks has committed $2.6 million to support the Guatemala Education Initiative, an effort in which we team up with Save the Children to help bring education programs to remote coffee-producing villages in that country. In 2011, Starbucks launched a three-year project with Save the Children to improve education, health and nutrition for coffee-farming families in Guatemala’s Huehuetenango region.
Since its inception, the Guatemala Education Initiative has served over 10,000 pre and primary level school students in 24 communities in Guatemala. Students receive a wide array of learning, including improved health skills to basic reading, writing and math skills. The initiative works to prioritize the preservation of local cultures as well as educating students on the understanding of coffee harvesting.
Through a holistic approach, the program also incorporates trainings for educators and administrators – now reaching over 250 teachers – to help increase staff capacities and to further promote improved learning practices for children. Parents play a critical role in the initiative and are made aware of the importance and benefits of enrolling their children in pre-school as well as the valuable role they play supporting children at home. This sense of responsibility, coupled with learning about how governments and cooperatives work, is providing the basis for improved leadership and engagement throughout these communities.
“Starbucks’ dedication to improving children’s lives in the coffee-growing communities of Guatemala is an inspiration. Together, we’re opening the door to a brighter future for young children who will now have the opportunity to access the quality education every child deserves. Save the Children is proud to be Starbucks’ trusted partner.”
– Carolyn Miles, President & CEO
Learn more about the children, communities and impact of Save the Children’s Guatemala Education Initiative.
FY12 Report Update
In Indonesia’s Aceh province, Starbucks has teamed with Save the Children to improve children’s health and education in coffee-growing communities through BLEND (Better Living, Education, Nutrition, and Development).
The BLEND project began in 2009. Since that time, it has made a real difference in the lives of children and their families from more than 40 communities in the Bener Meriah district. Participating communities have doubled their vaccination rates, drastically improved health worker capacity, and quadrupled the number of community health posts. Moving forward, we will continue to evaluate the impact of our efforts on the Bener Meriah communities.
In tea-growing regions of India and botanical-farming communities in Guatemala, Starbucks has helped support health and economic development programs through Tazo’s Community Health and Advancement Initiative (CHAI) project, a joint partnership with Mercy Corps. Since 2003 Starbucks and Tazo suppliers have contributed $1.1 million for CHAI. We are now involved in a three-year project to impact more than 11,000 people with water and sanitation improvements, youth engagement, education and income generation.
Starbucks also helps support sanitation and hygiene education programs in water-stressed countries through the Starbucks Foundation’s Ethos Water Fund. For each bottle of Ethos® water purchased from participating Starbucks stores, a contribution of $.05US ($.10CN in Canada) is made to the fund. Since 2005, $7.38 million has been granted, benefitting approximately 430,000 people around the world. In 2012, two new grants were made in East Africa, an important coffee-growing region for Starbucks.