A special cuppa coffee

13 June 2019

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Can you imagine how the purchase of a simple cup of coffee can assist in the education of impoverished children in Timor-Leste?

The social justice team at Assumption College is doing just that with every cuppa purchased at the Saturday sport coffee van.

All funds raised from the van and the accompanying sausage sizzle each Saturday morning go towards Australian Marist Solidarity (AMS) education projects in Timor-Leste.

The College is strengthening its relationship with these projects further by its annual Year 11 immersion experience.  Students immerse themselves in the culture, visiting and working in remote villages where they teach English and play with the children. They also visit AMS education projects, most notably the Marist run teachers college in Baucau and historical places of significance that cover the extraordinary history of the country’s occupation and liberation.

Through its association with Australian Marist Solidarity (AMS), Assumption College has proudly assisted with the rebuilding of the nation’s education system since the early 2000s.

Australian Marist Solidarity (AMS) is the international agency for the aid and development work of the Marist Province of Australia throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands. AMS works with the people in this region on a variety of development projects which aim to develop or support locally sustained education opportunities for the young people in these regions.

One of these projects is with Timor-Leste’s  Wild Timor Coffee.

In early 2012, four Australian peacekeeping soldiers discovered a 200 year old coffee plantation that had been neglected for 30 years.

The  coffee grows in the mountain regions of Maubisse and Aileu and is thriving. The former soldiers help local growers harvest the coffee independently and receive a fair and equitable price for their product to support their local community.

AMS offers those purchasing a supply of Wild Timor Coffee the opportunity to have their purchase delivered to Assumption College Kilmore.

Wild Timor Coffee contributes 30% of the cost of the coffee to Marist Solidarity  projects in Timor-Leste, with $15 going to Marist Solidarity from every $43 1 kg bag sold. 

Simply head to the Wild Timor Coffee website at https://wildtimorcoffee.com click on the shop, then coffee tab and select the AMS tabs of 200gm, 500gm or 1kg selections of coffee. Make your selections (beans or ground) and select Kilmore as your delivery location.

When you supply your credit card details at check out, remember to apply the discount code amsshipping to waive all freight costs for the purchase.

This simple purchase of coffee for you to enjoy will have a lasting impact on others. In addition, the College would also welcome donations of this ethically sourced coffee to sell from the coffee van, providing a double donation of funds for AMS projects in Timor-Leste.

One you have purchased your coffee, please notify  Paul Reed at the College at paul.reed@assumption.vic.edu.au and nominate the coffee for personal use or as a donation to the coffee van.