There's a Future in every cup of coffee
For every cup of coffee sold, Martin Coffeehouse donates 10 cents to building and supporting library projects. So far, Martin Coffeehouse has completed one library project for the Collins Children's Home in Kathmandu, Nepal. By the community in Martin, Tennessee purchasing 50,000 cups of coffee in less than 1 year, we were able to complete our first library project.
How it started
John and Courtney Sellers have set out to build a self-sustaining structure that makes a long-term impact in rural communities in Nepal and Kenya through literacy projects. Previously, the Sellers have promoted literacy in both Nepal and Kenya by delivering school supplies and letters of encouragement to children in schools, orphanages, and children's homes.
Letters in Motion has collected over 15,000 hand written letters from 7 different countries, numerous schools, churches, businesses, and colleges all to bridge the literacy gap one letter at a time.
"This was proving very beneficial, but we wanted our work to be self-sustaining-- we needed consistent funding. The most challenging part of building a self-sustaining model is making it easy for anyone to get involved. We wanted to provide an opportunity for anyone to be able to make a difference."
-- John Sellers
That's why the Sellers created Martin Coffeehouse where 10 cents of every cup goes to building libraries and literacy projects in Nepal and Kenya. The more that Martin Coffeehouse grows in this local community, the more it is affecting change in a rural community abroad.
"What began as an easy way to help people make a difference, evolved into a lasting global impact. A community for a community-- and it's as easy as drinking a cup of coffee." -- John Sellers
To learn more about our outreach check out our non-profit Letters in Motion.
Collins Children's Home Library Room
It took less than a year for the community of Martin to consume 50,000 cups of coffee to raise funds for the Library Room in Collins Children's Home to be built. The room has been converted from a multipurpose room to a designated space for reading, studying, and education. The students at Collins Children's Home are able to use the resources of the Library Room to further develop their reading skills, focus on education, and natural curiosity for the written word.
Corners, Rooms, and Buildings
Library Projects are broken down into 3 different categories based on what the schools, children's homes, or communities need most. Once we know what project would best suit their needs, we begin to set a goal for that project and convert the overall cost into cups of coffee.
For the Collins Children's Home, the goal was set to convert the old multipurpose room into a designated Reading Room for $5,000 USD = 50,000 cups of Martin Coffeehouse coffee.