In just under a month, Mathew Hatcher owner of the FIX - coffee van be traveling to East Timor with some colleagues to work with coffee farmers on processing methods. Traveling with him will be a coffee roaster, anthropologist and an ex-Timorese coffee farmer. The team are asking for your help…
Why East Timor? Australia has a long history with East Timor. They are our closest neighbour, but don’t share the same opportunities that we do. In East Timor: The number of children under five who suffer from malnutrition ranges from 50-59%. 4 out of 10 adults can not read or write. Over 30% of the population lives in poverty. Nearly a third of the population are forced to collect water from unsafe sources. 70% of families are food insecure.
Why coffee? Coffee is East Timor’s second biggest export, but farmers currently do not receive a fair price. Mathew and his co-travellers want to improve the infrastructure available to farmers so they can grade, wash and sell their coffee beans to earn a sustainable income.
What do they need? They are asking you for $15. It’s the price of just three cups of coffee. Your donation will allow them to bring along Filmmaker and Story-Teller, Andrew Belk. Andrew is kindly donating his time and equipment and they just need to get him there. He has over 10 years experience shooting documentaries in developing countries and will help share the stories of these farmers, hopefully to further support their livelihoods. If you can’t afford $15, but still want to give, they would be appreciative of anything!
If you donate: They will share the journey with you through a private Facebook and Instagram. If a documentary comes out of this you will have access to that too.
Donations to: Mathew Hatcher BSB 012-517 Account# 302396813
OR PayPal - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please reference your full name so they can track donors and credit you where necessary!