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Help PR Coffee Farmers After Maria

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HELP SUPPORT PUERTO RICAN COFFEE FARMERS AFTER HURRICANE MARIA


Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico on September 20 as a Category 4 storm, taking with it almost 100% of Puerto Rico’s coffee crop. Coffee took some of the hardest hits as trees were stripped completely bare, even taking the bark off the trees.

Many farms are still cut off due to loss of communication, blocked roads, and scarce gasoline. These farmers need immediate, short-term aid for access to basic rights like food and water if they hope to rebuild and resow longterm.

Our coffee farmers spend all year caring for and investing in their crop, working hard to reap the benefits of a harvest that was just about to begin in October. And now they have lost everything.  All the fruits of their labor have been wiped out in one fell swoop.

FACTS:
-Hurricane Maria is the biggest natural disaster in Puerto Rico's history 
-Puerto Rico is 100% without electricity
-90% of coffee crops were lost 
-It costs $1300 to farm just one acre of coffee 
-Puerto Rico is one of the most expensive places in the world to farm coffee
-It will take up to 3 years to produce another viable coffee harvest


HOW TO HELP
100% of donations will go exclusively to immediate relief for the coffee farmers of Puerto Rico.

We will donate $500 per every farmed acre to local farmers as direct aid in the form of money.  Our farmer’s need immediate relief and the most effective and fastest way to provide that is cashflow to help get them back on their feet and meet each individual farmer's different needs.

Our immediate disaster relief fund will provide funds for:
    -Basic supplies like food, water, medicine
    -Generators and fuel to power their homes and    
      machinery
    -Seed costs
    -Equipment costs
    -Rebuilding homes and farms

WHY
Puerto Rican coffee is emblematic of our island and one one of the few products that defines us as a people and unites us as a community.  

It took us over 10 years to recover from Hurricane Georges, and if we don't act now, there may be no more coffee in Puerto Rico in the years to come. If we don't provide immediate relief and assistance,  many of our farmers will likely give up and abandon their farms and crops.  We cannot abandon our land and our farmers need our help.

If you’ve ever enjoyed the robust flavor of our café, please help us rebuild our precious coffee industry.

WHO
This fund will go directly to small-scale, independent farmers. These are single family coffee farmers, who work farms from 1/2 to 50 acres.

This fund has been organized and is managed by Mikol Hoffman for Cafe Cuatro Sombras , a specialty coffee brand from the mountains of Yauco. This initiative began as a way for us to directly help the 6 farmers who provide us with coffee and who have become our extended family. We soon realized that through our networks in and outside of Puerto Rico, we have the capability to impact not just those directly around us, but the entire coffee industry on the island.

We believe in honesty. All proceeds will go directly to local, small-scale coffee farmers.


We will survive. We will re-plant. But we need your help now.

Please donate, every little bit helps.

If a small donation is too much to ask, please share our campaign and help us raise awareness by clicking like or share.  

Please give what you can to support the Puerto Rican coffee industry.

THANK YOU. GRACIAS.

#prselevanta  #prstrong #prcoffeestrong
 
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Dears Friends, it's been almost a year since Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, and we're still here! In large part thanks to ALL OF YOU :)

We'll be hosting a BREW & BREWS event to celebrate our resilience. It’s been a challenging year to say the least, but we couldn’t have made it through without the support of our community. It’s
our way to say thank you our campaign donors, our supporters, our clients, and to show you all
the amazing impact your contributions had on people’s lives and coffee crops.

The Brew & Brews event will feature a documentary interviewing the farmers who received aid and supplies, as well as an exhibition of photographs of Yauco before, during, and after the hurricane. During the event guests will enjoy live music, specialty coffee from Cuatro Sombras, craft beer by Rebl Brewery from Utuado, and tapas from Pirilo’s Pizza in Old San Juan.

What: Brew & Brews: 1 Año Después de María
When: Friday September 21, 2018
Where: Cuatro Sombras Back Lab in Old San Juan Time: 6pm to 10pm.
Cost: free of charge

***Cuatro Sombras will be hosting a welcome cocktail for all campaign donors from 6pm to 7pm***

To learn more about the event, visit the event page https://bit.ly/2Mq3Uyc or email Cuatro Sombras at info@cuatrosombras.com

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

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Queridos amigos:

Ha pasado casi un año desde que el Huracán María tocó tierra en Puerto Rico, ¡y todavía estamos aquí! En gran parte gracias a TODOS USTEDES :)

Para celebrar estamos organizando un evento BREW & BREWS. Ha sido un año desafiante para decir lo menos, pero no podríamos haberlo logrado sin el apoyo de nuestra comunidad. Este evento es
nuestra forma de agradecer a nuestros donantes, nuestros seguidores, nuestros clientes, y mostrarles a todos el increible impacto que tuvieron sus contribuciones en las vidas de las personas y los cultivos de café.

El evento Brew & Brews contará con un documental que entrevistará a los agricultores que recibieron ayuda y suministros, así como una exposición de fotografías de Yauco antes, durante y después del huracán. Durante el evento, los invitados disfrutarán de música en vivo, café especial de Cuatro Sombras, cerveza artesanal de Rebl Brewery de Utuado y tapas de Pirilo's Pizza en el Viejo San Juan.

BREW & BREWS: 1 Año Después de María
Cuándo: viernes 21 de septiembre de 2018
Dónde: Cuatro Sombras Back Lab en el Viejo San Juan
Hora: 6pm a 10pm
Costo: gratis!!!

*** Cuatro Sombras ofrecerá un cóctel de bienvenida para todos los donantes de la campaña de 6pm a 7pm ***

Para obtener más información sobre el evento, visite la página del evento https://bit.ly/2Mq3Uyc
o envíe un correo electrónico a Cuatro Sombras a info@cuatrosombras.com

¡ESPERAMOS VERTE AHÍ!
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Ya hemos sobrepasado los $10k!!!! Que orgullo mi gente, GRACIAS GRACIAS GRACIAS a todos por sus donaciones y por su compromiso con los productores de cafe de nuestra isla.

Con este gran logro queremos celebrar compartiendo con nuestra comunidad un poco sobre la segunda visita a las fincas de cafe en Yauco y las ayudas que hemos podido brindar ahi.

SEGUNDA VISITA A YAUCO

Como un árbol abatido de fuerte raíz, el verdadero Puerto Rico está dejándose ver. Día a día vemos ejemplos de cómo el que puede y tiene está dispuesto a ayudar a los más necesitados. Solidaridad es la orden del día en todos niveles, direcciones y distancias.
Algunos buenos amigos, solidarios con nuestra causa y nuestra gente, dijeron presente para subir la montaña la semana pasada a llevar provisiones. Fuimos en caravana, con inventario de: habichuelas, arroz, vegetales enlatados, jugos, condimentos, jabón, clorox y hasta pollo fresco para la 'paella boricua' que le hicimos nuestros queridos agricultores y sus familias.
Ademas cargábamos con la lista de artículos que los agricultores nos habían pedido con urgencia durante nuestra primera visita:
-Gasolina
-Agua potable
-Efectivo
-Tornillos de zinc
-Leche en caja
-Comida enlatada
-Arroz
-Reguladores de gas para estufas
-Mezcla de sierra para cortar arboles
-Baterías
Adentrándonos en las montañas de Lares, paramos en varias casas. Solo bastaba mirarles las caras para identificar quienes eran los más necesitados. Muchos nos repetían el mismo comentario: “ustedes son los primeros que vienen y se preocupan por nosotros.”
Subiendo la montaña hacia Rio Prieto paramos a entregar provisiones en unas diez residencias. De camino invitábamos a la gente a nuestra finca donde habían mas provisiones y una buena comida caliente.
Poco a poco iban llegando y les ayudábamos a agrupar los artículos que necesitaban. Una y otra vez escuchaba el comentario: ”Estoy bien con eso, guarda para los demás.”

Desde nuestra finca Hacienda Santa Clara, pudimos alimentar y darles provisiones a 20 familias, muchas de ellas con niños pequeños. Al final del día, hicimos una nueva lista de necesidades y provisiones para regresar la próxima semana.

El huracán María definitivamente esta cambiado muchas vidas y muchos paisajes. También hubo una buena poda de personalidades. El jíbaro del campo aún preserva en la raíz lo que es ser buen puertorriqueño.
Gracias a todos los Jíbaros que nos acompañaron en este viaje y los que nos recibieron en sus casas por el camino.

Un abrazo solidario,
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Happy Friday everyone! Here's an update on our first visit to the farm.

On Saturday, September 30, we finally reached our farm in Yauco. We left at 5:00 am with a truck loaded with tools and supplies and a tank full of gasoline and sheer hope. The road was long and winding; we had go by alternate routes to avoid landslides and closed roads. The mountain looked naked, its greenery faded to a dark brown. The earth seemed to have been destroyed by forest fires rather than winds. We saw long lines at all gas stations, in many there were more than 200 cars.

That day we were able to visit five farmers and we will never forget their faces upon seeing us. In their eyes we were the first responders in that remote region. Each greeting was an embrace in solidarity followed by a period of silence, as if we had lost a loved one. That's what it feels like to lose a harvest.

Our only consolation was seeing their faces change as we told them that we are pooling resources and funds so that they could rebuild and not have to leave their land.

At the end of each visit we created an initial plan of action to see what could be saved from the harvest and what supplies they needed most. We're estimating losses between 70-90%.

Although some have agricultural insurance and there relief agencies FEMA, none of these agencies had visited them 10 days after the hurricane. The aid will be slow to come and only a fraction of what they need. They can not wait.

The road to recovery and rebuilding will be long and difficult, but on that Saturday we took the first step to get us back on our feet. We stand firm and more committed than ever to their families, who are the heart of our Puerto Rican coffee.

THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE DONATED, no donation is too small.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS OF SOLIDARITY, they fill us with the strength to keep going!
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$5505 in five days!! WEPA, WEPA, WEPA, we're doing great! Please help us keep that momentum going!

Next goal: $10K in 10 days. Let's do it!

#prstrong #prselevanta
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