It’s not the end of the story…

Local people investigate their new, 140-ft deep well which will bring them clean water.

It’s a major event in the life of a Ugandan village when they get a new borehole. It means so much to their health, lifestyle and success as a village. However, that is not the end of the story. Africa is littered with broken boreholes–by some estimates more than half of the boreholes are unusable. Half–this represents $360,000,000 of investment in fresh clean water which is now wasted. This represents millions of people who had health and hope and now have lost that health and hope.

Our approach has been to work with the local water authority and the village elders. We help them set up a water committee to be responsible for the maintenance and operation of the borehole they are receiving. Our manager makes it clear that the borehole belongs to them and they are responsible for keeping it operational. At this time, after more than 10 years and more than 100 boreholes, there is one which is not working and it was not a successful borehole from the very beginning. We went back, solved the difficulties of a dry and rocky place and drilled another one for them.

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Partner with us to help create new solutions and new fresh water sources. Partner with us to give the gift of health and hope.

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And, down on the farm…

This time next week, a team from the US will be visiting our friends in Uganda. We will be at the coffee farm a few times; one day we will celebrating the impending retirement of the farm manager, Jeesca Buteraba. She has worked for CEED since 1999, managing the farm. We are grateful for Jessca, her talents and her hard work which she has given so faithfully to the coffee mission.

“I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)

Thank you, Jessca!!

This year…

The year 2017 started two weeks ago, and if you’re like me, the time has flown by.  We are busy with starting things new, making resolutions, cleaning up after the holidays and probably paying bills. In the midst of the busy activity, take time to take stock of your blessings, enjoy the life you’ve been given, and make some changes where they’re needed. Be able to look back in December 2017 and say to yourself’ “I’m a

__ person than I was in January.” You fill in the blank.

Have a cup of our delicious Caramel Pecan-flavored coffee while you’re thinking what that might be. For myself, I want to be a kinder, gentler person–ask me in December if I’ve managed. Or better yet, ask those have to deal with me day in and day out!

First taste of coffee!
First taste of coffee!

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

5 Ways You can Help Your Favorite Nonprofit. Right Now.

With the hustle and bustle of life, it can be hard to help a nonprofit. Especially one more than five minutes down the street which isn’t easily accessible on your day off. For us, it is more like a 36 hour trek for a several day commitment. To give ya some suggestions which does not include a trip to Africa, we have compiled a list of 5 things you can do to help Ugandan Gold Coffee specifically or any nonprofit you feel called to lend a hand.img_0184

  1. Buy the product/service that is being offered.

For Ugandan Gold, that is our coffee. We donate our profits towards a well digging initiative in Uganda. We keep our coffee extremely affordable and delicious so the drink you have purchased is enjoyable. Do your research about other organizations. They have to be making money somehow, so find out what it is. If it is something you can incorporate into your everyday life (like coffee), start buying. Replace your usual choice (Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, a store brand, etc.) with a product that has an impact.

  1. Engage on social media.

Nonprofit social media strategies are all about organic reach. Ugandan Gold Coffee tries to reach as many people as possible without spending money for advertising. We believe available money should go to Uganda instead of being spent on ads, therefore we depend on our followers to increase our range. We are not the only ones who think that way. If you appreciate the content a nonprofit is offering, then like, share, and comment. If you do not like what they are producing, speak up with your opinion. They will greatly appreciate the feedback!

  1. Talk it up.

Word-of-mouth is an extremely powerful technique that nonprofits and for-profit businesses rely on. Do you remember the last product you bought because someone else told you it was awesome? Yeah, it is pretty easy to recall! So if Ugandan Gold is your go-to morning drink, bring it up during small talk. It smells fantastic – when a coworker mentions the aroma, go into a speech about how your coffee is the best because it saves lives.

  1. Donate.

When we say “donate” we do not necessarily mean only money. Think about donating your time as well. The fruit of our labor is sweet, whether it be going on a mission trip or simply attending a fundraiser Ugandan Gold (or any nonprofit) puts on. It can even be as easy as writing a testimony to your favorite organization, letting them know why you love them. This will encourage them to do even more and to do it better.

  1. PRAY!

This is absolutely, positively, the most important thing you can do for a nonprofit, and it can be done on your way to work, while you are on the treadmill, and right before you dig into dinner. Every prayer is greatly appreciated because the work nonprofits do is not easy. We wholeheartedly believe that the reason Ugandan Gold is still thriving is because we have the support of hundreds of brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

Giving to a nonprofit does not have to be complicated or a wallet breaker. Here at Ugandan Gold Coffee we appreciate any effort our customers put into our organization because it is not about the selling of coffee, it is about spreading the power of God– through clean water, through jobs, and through farming.

 

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

 

 

It’s not too late!

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Dear Friends and Family,

It’s the Holidays and time is passing so quickly–but you can still find gifts and support our coffee project all in one click–on the toolbar at the top of the page, click on purchase.
Drilling at Kirasa - Good WellAnd, if you use the coupon code GCC10, you will receive 10% off your coffee purchases throughout the month of December!
While drinking your satisfying cup of Ugandan Gold Coffee, you are contributing to our coffee project, our clean water project and our model food farm. Thank you!!
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CEED’s Model Food Farm

Model Food Farm Harvest

Rice crop

We have our first crops in!

We planted rice and maize and these have been harvested and sold. Our purpose was to increase the yield per acre with irrigation and fertilization so that the local farmers could have enough for their families and enough to sell, even in the dry season. We are still in the early stages of this endeavor, but the results are promising!