In November 2004, Abiding Savior became an Ambassador for the Mt.Meru Coffee Project and began by selling coffee every month. This ongoing project was established here in the Greater Milwaukee Synod in order to offer a fair price to the coffee farmers of the Diocese of Meru in Tanzania. HOWEVER, THE MT. MERU COFFEE PROJECT IS MORE THAN ABOUT COFFEE...IT IS ABOUT DOING JUSTICE, CHANGING LIFE AND BRINGING HOPE!
The objective of the Project is to bring both economic and social justice to the small farmers and people of the Meru region. The Project attempts to bring economic justice by paying the small farmers a fair price for their coffee and to bring social justice by funding educational and health care programs to the Meru region. By receiving a fair price, the farmers are able to maintain their dignity by giving them the means to earn a living, which is more sustainable than receiving charity.
As a justice-based project, it is essential that the Project be sustainable – the Project must be able to purchase coffee from the farmers year after year. The Mt. Meru Coffee Project is not a “project of the month” or a “project of the year.” It is a project for life...for the life of the farmer and the life of the congregation selling coffee. Once it is started, it is essential that it be sustained or the people we are trying to help will fall back into the hole of injustice and poverty.
Buying Mt. Meru coffee is one simple way that we, as Christians, can do justice in our daily lives and make a difference in the lives of the Meru Diocese. Mt. Meru Coffee may cost more than super market coffee, BUT it is a high quality coffee, and paying a premium is part of pursuing and achieving justice.
The people of the Meru Diocese have a wonderful faith—a faith in a risen and living Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Because of the Mt. Meru Coffee Project, and the amount of coffee that the Project will buy, the farmers have hope for themselves and their families. They have hope that with a better income, their children can go to school, they can receive better healthcare, and they can improve their living conditions.
When you think about the Mt. Meru Coffee Project, think about more than a cup of coffee;. Think about the hope that the Project brings. The Mt. Meru Ambassadors are selling hope, not coffee.
The Mt. Meru Coffee Project is all about LIFE, HOPE AND JUSTICE---AND DOING JUSTICE NEVER TASTED SO GOOD!