We are asking your help to raise funds to relocate and rebuild homes for displaced families with new water, power and mountain road infrastructure.
The most severely impacted community of San Jose de Oriente with more than 4,500 residents affected by damaged road, power and water resources. 1,500 people have been directly affected with nearly 100 homes damaged. Further up the mountain the community of Las Quebradas has been entirely displaced by current and threatening landslides leaving the entire village of over 70 families houseless as they are seeking shelter with their neighbors in the community of Las Flores.
While the local support basic resources and the restoration of dangerous roads are being prioritized we are joining in efforts for long term housing and relocation solutions with coffee exporter Beneficio San Vicente and the family of Fidel Paz in nearby Pena Blanca. The Paz family is working tirelessly with the local government and municipalities to provide leadership and support in relocating families and rebuilding lives.
$30,000 USD of your donations have already purchased 20 acres of land to resettle the entire village of Las Quebrades. The next projects of water and electricity are the targets for the remaining funds as the costs are still being calculated. Additionally there is a tremendous amount of roadwork needed to repair the mountain roads destroyed by landslides that create dangerous and tedious backcountry detours.
Beneficio San Vicente is also partnering with a local non-profit based in Siguatepeque called Serve HOPE International that has an efficient model for building new houses. Our current estimated cost for relocation and building is $3,000 USD per family.
“These devastated communities are home to the world’s most community oriented and inspiring people who naturally produce extraordinary coffee from the most simple means and stunning expressions of nature. Now that stunning nature has shown its power hurting these amazing communities already reeling from the economic fallout of the COVID19 pandemic. To me this is an epicenter of hope and humanity in specialty coffee in desperate need of our support. Their resilience and connectedness, especially through Beneficio San Vicente and the Paz family will seem through but they need all of us together restore this damage and keep that brilliance alive.”
-Kevin Bohlin, founder of Saint Frank Coffee and the Bonaventure Coffee Project
***ALL DONATIONS AND INQUIRIES WILL BE MANAGED BY SAINT FRANK COFFEE IN SAN FRANCISCO TO BE GIVEN DIRECTLY TO BENEFICIO SAN VICENTE IN HONDURAS FOR THE PAZ FAMILY TO DISTRIBUTE INTO THESE PROJECTS***