Worth Helms: His Account of a Ugandan Gold Coffee Miracle

We asked Worth Helms, one of the founding members of Ugandan Gold Coffee, to write about his involvement in Ugandan Gold Coffee and his takeaways from the journey of founding to retiring. Here is his story:

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“I’ve been involved with the coffee farm of Ugandan Gold since its planting in 2000. By 2002 we had 37.5 acres planted, but in May 2002, the board of directors was distraught because we did not have money to buy mulch in preparation for the dry season to retain moisture for the young trees. We prayed for money but none came.  We were beating ourselves up pretty badly, until one day we received a call from our farm manager that a miracle had taken place. ‘What’s the miracle?’, we asked.

‘Well, in Uganda, as in most third world countries, they burn land off before plowing. It’s a quick way to clear the land, and tilling the burned residue underground enriches it with carbon.’ He continued, ‘A farmer two miles from the coffee farm needed to plow 2 acres, so he started a fire to burn it off before plowing. A fifty mile an hour wind sprang up and blew the fire all the way to the coffee farm. But because there was no mulch for the fire to feed on, we did not lose one of our 15,000 coffee trees.’ 

We were stunned and joyful at the same time. This was one of the biggest lessons of my life. When you don’t get what you want, even if you pray for it , maybe it’s a blessing. Just keep doing the best you can.”

 The team members of Ugandan Gold Coffee have many miraculous stories like Worth’s. If you have some of your own, please tell us about them in the comment sections!

 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27

 Worth has written his own book you can check out here

3 Reasons Why You Should Switch to Ugandan Gold Coffee Today

With the Holidays coming up,  finding gifts for everyone on the nice list can be difficult. Instead of giving your coworker Secret Santa a general coffee brand, give them a bag of Ugandan Gold Coffee. Here are three reasons why to choose social impact over anything else:

  1. 1 in 5

As we say on our mission page, “In Uganda today, one out of every five children will die 6f0c5421before their fifth birthday. Clean water, our most precious global resource, is available to less than 1% of Ugandans, and remains the primary obstacle to a healthy, productive, hope-filled life.” Every time you purchase a bag of Ugandan Gold Coffee, a portion of the proceeds go to a well-digging initiative to provide clean water to all the people of Uganda. We wrote about the importance of clean water for child development in a previous post and we are emphasizing it again – access to clean water can be life changing to a child living in a Ugandan village. A great cup of coffee changes mornings, your cup of coffee can save lives.

  1. It tastes goodbeans3

Our natural processing of the coffee beans keeps all the flavors within each bean so the cup you brew is going to the best it can be. We take extra care when picking the beans (one by one pulling them off the branch) and we sun dry the crop – turning the beans from a healthy red, to a deep brown. If you like your coffee black or almost light tan, it will be the absolute best (for an affordable price!).

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This is the biggest part of our business plan. We aim for the coffee farm in Uganda to be self-sustaining, encouraging the employees to learn to stand on their own and become working members of society. Also, our well-digging initiative brings life to communities. Around each well, school desks are filled with excited kids, Bibles are cracked open in church pews, and business are filled with paying customers. The coffee is only the first part of the whole equation.

Do we have you convinced?

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your Nice List This Year – with Shipping Discounts!

Christmas is a little over 2 weeks away and we have the perfect last-minute gift ideas for everyone on your nice list. Bonus: these gifts come with an amazing social impact for the people of Uganda. Double Bonus: Shipping discounts on qualified purchases. Read on!

Gingersnap Coffee, $8.99

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A subtle flavoring of the popular gingersnap cookie combined with robust ground coffee.

Free shipping if you buy 4 or more!

Regular Roast Single Serve K-cups, $11.95

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24 single serve cups containing Ugandan Gold Regular Roast Coffee. Will work with most Keurig-brand coffee makers.

Free shipping if you buy 4 or more!

Classic Gift Box, $32.00

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The Classic Gift Box includes 2 bags Regular Caffeinated Coffee, 1 bag of Regular Decaf, and 1 bag Caramel Pecan-flavored coffee.

Free shipping if you buy 2 or more! 

Coffee To Go Travel Pack, $24.95Coffee to Go

12 oz of our premium coffee, along with a porcelain travel mug and a bag of vanilla biscotti with dark chocolate drizzle!  Available in multiple combinations.

Free shipping if you buy 3 or more! 

Passport Coffee Club, $75.00

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1 bag Regular and 1 bag flavored coffee delivered in December, February, and April (A total of 6 bags). Gift card included if you wish. Please email us separately with names and addresses for the Gift card.

Free Shipping!

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Magnificent African Wildlife: Photo Gallery & Fun Facts

Africa is home to magnificent wildlife from fierce birds in the air to vicious beasts of the river banks. Over years of visits to Uganda we have collected various photos of God’s creatures and have only begun to scratch the service of all the animals that live on the African plains.

First and foremost, the king of the jungle – the African Lion

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Scientific Name: Panthera Leo azandica

Diet: Carnivore

Weight: 265-420 lbs

Fun Fact: Male lions protect the pride’s (group of lions) territory. This territory can be as large as 100 square miles and consists of woodlands, grasslands, and scrub. Female lions take the responsibility of hunting and bringing the kill back to the pride.

Information derived from: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/a/african-lion/

Olive Baboon

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Scientific Name: Papio anubis

Diet: Omnivore

Weight: 33-82 lbs

Fun Fact: Troops (groups of baboons) have about 10 unique sounds to communicate to other members in the group. Olive baboons typically range from a few dozen to a few hundred individual baboons in each troop.

 

Information derived from: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/baboon/

Rothschild’s Giraffes

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Scientific Name: Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi

Diet: Herbivore

Height: 20 ft

Fun Fact: Giraffes roam the savanna in herds organized by genders. These families will either be a group of females or a group of bachelors led by a bull. The herds are not permanent; giraffes will change up their herd composition every so often.

 

Information derived from: http://www.giraffeworlds.com/rothschild-giraffe/

 

East African Bush Elephants

elephantsScientific Name: Loxodonta africana knochenhaueri

Diet: Herbivore

Weight: 6 tons

Fun Fact: There are 2 subspecies, Bush and Forest, which distinguishes what terrain the elephants prefer to be in. It can be seen which type of elephant is which by their appearance. The bush elephants dwelling in Uganda are a larger in size, lighter in color, and their tusks curve out.

Information derived from: http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/african-elephant

Nile Crocodile

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Scientific Name: Crocodylus niloticus

Diet: Carnivore

Length: 16 ft

Fun Fact: Nile crocodiles usually stick to fish in their diet but they have been known to gobble up anything convenient: zebras, small hippos, birds, and porcupines. In one meal, crocodiles can consume about half of their body weight (on average = 500 lbs) and are regarded as extremely dangerous and vicious river beasts.

Information derived from: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/nile-crocodile/

 

 But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?  In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:7-10

The Joys – and the Danger – of Giving

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Ugandan Gold Farm Workers with harvested beans. Photo by David Weisbrod (http://www.weisbrodimaging.com)

This past Saturday, Ugandan Gold employee Jill Whitecap gave a presentation on Ugandan Gold’s operations and philosophies at First Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh.  Apparently someone was listening, and Ugandan Gold was mentioned by Ruth Anne Dailey in an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about how giving is so important, but giving in the wrong way can be disastrous.

At Ugandan Gold Coffee, giving the people of Uganda a better standard of living has always been our focus. The need for clean water in Africa is one of the most pressing issues today. Just giving people clean water isn’t enough. We have always sought to partner with the Ugandan people so that together we can create solutions with them– creating jobs, providing training, enabling a better standard of living. This is why we sell our coffee – not only do the profits provide the ability to drill water wells, it also pays for the workers at our coffee farm, the operation of a model food farm and the workers who are drilling the wells.

It allows us to give people clean water, and to be a catalyst for changing the standard of living for so many in the region. It might be a lot easier to raise support and  purchase coffee to sell or to send teams of westerners  to drill wells.

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The Ugandan Gold drilling team in the field. Photo by David Weisbrod (http://www.weisbrodimaging.com)

It might even be cheaper. But it wouldn’t be right, and it wouldn’t truly help the Ugandan people in the end. Instead, we’re training Ugandans to drill wells.  In fact, some of our well drillers have even left our staff to start their own businesses in Uganda, and we couldn’t be happier! Ugandan Gold truly is a gift that keeps on giving.

So, we thank you for all of your support. We thank you for purchasing coffee which allows us to not only give Ugandans clean water, but to train them and equip them to change their own country. Your support allows the people of Uganda to stand on their own two feet, and to give back to their communities. It also, we hope, helps them feel their worth – both with God, in their communities, and to the world.

Thank you again, and while you’re here, click on the link below and read the article by Ruth Ann Dailey in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  It’s an excellent article on the dangers of giving incorrectly, and how charities like Ugandan Gold are doing the right thing by empowering the people with whom they work:

 

Ruth Ann Dailey: "To Give is Divine, but 'Toxic Charity’ Lurks"
Ruth Ann Dailey: “To Give is Divine, but ‘Toxic Charity’ Lurks”

What We Post On Instagram and Why

Instagram  has become one of the fastest growing social media platforms, so it is a no brainer that we have recently revamped our posts  to be more interesting to our audience. We thought we would take the time to promote @ugandan_gold_coffee and explain why we post what we do!

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With each new well, a community thrives. UGC’s clean water initiative provides fresh, healthy water from a well located in the village. This opens the door for children to receive the vital education they need to become productive adults in society. The best way to show Ugandan Gold Coffee’s impact is by posting photos of the people in these communities using their new opportunities on a daily basis.

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We like to engage  our followers with questions. We hope these  questions will help  Ugandan Gold Coffee fans to remember simple facts like the weight of  a Jerry can.

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The ultimate goal of all our efforts is serving Christ. We  show our followers  the gorgeous Ugandan churches,  not just because of their appearance, but because they bring people together to worship and serve God.

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Of course, we have to post about the bean! The coffee tree blooms are truly lovely and the blooms produce wonderful coffee. It’s the p­­­­erfect way to show you the natural beauty of Ugandan Gold.

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Finally, we showcase the country that makes it all possible – Uganda. We love to marvel at God’s creation and give thanks for all the resources the land provides.

For up -to -date posts on Ugandan Gold Coffee Instagram you can follow our account here: https://www.instagram.com/ugandan_gold_coffee/