There is still time to support this year’s JavaJog at SCAA! Run, Walk, Donate, Volunteer!

We’ve set a HUGE goal for JavaJog 2015.  We need your help! 

DONATE HERE!

Last year the coffee community (YOU!) raised more than $35,000 for women in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  That’s BIG.  See how your money has made a difference.

Please help us reach our 2015 goal!  We have about ten days to go before the race and we’re at 25% of our $40,000 goal.  Every penny raised* (including race registration fees) goes to the cause.  The JavaJog Organizing Committee has put in hundreds of volunteer hours to bring this race to you, and our generous sponsors have covered the race costs.  We love the fun and spirit that specialty coffee JavaJoggers bring to the race.  A friendly reminder of the purpose of JavaJog: fun, celebration, raising-awareness and fundraising.  That is why it’s called JavaJog for a Cause.

cherry pickerEthiopian coffee women need your support. Ethiopia is the fifth largest coffee producing country in the world, and while the situation of women there does not make for dramatic headlines like it does for the DRC, coffee women too often live in pretty dire circumstances.  Learn more here.

How your donations will be spent… Below are two likely organizations that will receive JavaJog 2015 funds you raise. We’ve invited three other organizations to apply so far, and our proposal process is open.  Read about our grant protocols here.

–        Girls Gotta Run

–        Grounds for Health

Fundraising can be fun and inspiring. Think of the women – and how their faces light up knowing they’ve been recognized, knowing that they’re connected and have a chance for a ‘leg up’ through JavaJog support.  Your support makes a difference.

Reaching our goal is easy with your help!  If every registered runner brought in another $200 we’d easily reach our goal.   That’s pretty easy – here are some tips for how you can bring in donations.

Thank you for being a part of JavaJog 2015. Think of the pride you’ll have, sporting your stylish, eco-conscious JavaJog t-shirt – and – knowing you contributed to the advancement and wellbeing of our coffee sisters in the birthplace of coffee.

We accept cash, checks and visa through Crowdrise.  Feel free to bring a check or cash when you pick up your race packet, April 9th or the morning of the race.

See you April 10th bright and early.

Rock On, JavaJoggers.  We appreciate you immensely.

Kimberly, Aimee and Beth Ann

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JavaJog 2014: Where’d the Money Go?

by Beth Ann Caspersen

We are a small volunteer organization that has provided financial support to women in coffee through capacity building, medical support and coffee processing equipment. Java Jog for a Cause raised $35,000 in 2014 for women in the DRC and while project execution can be difficult in a country like the DRC, we can proudly report on the projects that were funded and demonstrate how we are, thanks to all of our supporters, succeeding in helping women in coffee. Here is a snapshot of how the beneficiaries of this money put it to good use:

Virunga Coffee Company: $3,500

This grant built new tables and stools for sorting that are more ergonomically correct and comfortable. In addition, a solar lighting system was installed, enabling the women to see better, especially during the rainy season.

Following construction of the sorting tables.

Virunga has worked diligently to implement the funding and started out by building two different kinds of sorting tables as ‘model’ tables to try out for a short period of time. Once they determined which table was better, based on workflow and feedback from the women, local woodworkers constructed 16 tables. Each table can accommodate four women sorting coffee, for a total of 64 women (only a modest 25 table spots were initially requested). The dimensions are designed to allow enough space for the handling of coffee with comfortable body positions.

Eastern Congo Initiative: $11,500

“Coffee has the potential to be an important driver of economic development for local communities surrounding Lake Kivu, in the eastern DRC,” says Harper McConnell of the Eastern Congo Initiative. “While women play an important role in coffee production in DRC, few women are currently implicated in decision-making surrounding the sale, management and marketing of coffee. This is a critical challenge to the socioeconomic development of the region and an obstacle to gender equality.”

Partnering with the Tufaidike cooperative in the Minova region, ECI is working to integrate women into the cooperative’s decision-making structures. To support this objective, 23 sub-group leaders within Tufaidike will travel with the cooperative management team to Rwanda between March 31 and April 1 for a learning visit to two prominent coffee cooperatives, Huye and Simbi. Eleven of the 23 traveling sub-group leaders will be women. The Tufaidike representatives will build a stronger understanding of coffee processing in washing stations, and focus on the importance and benefits of effective and inclusive cooperative governance.

Following the visit to Huye and Simbi, these cooperative members will be hosted by the Rwanda Trading Company in Kigali on April 2 to learn about the coffee cupping process, as well as farming practices that can improve quality.

International Women’s Coffee Alliance: D.R. Congo Chapter: $20,000

What happens if you harvest great quality coffee but you don’t have anywhere to process it? This is the situation that many farmers face in the DRC and it is one of the many reasons we chose to fund the the International Women’s Coffee Alliance project to support women coffee farmers in Lubarika village, Ndolera village and Uvira Territory to build their own coffee washing station. The $20,000 grant, along with additional outside funding provided by Food for the Hungry USA, has allowed for a range or equipment purchases for processing infrastructure.

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Chantal Binwa, president of both the Tuungane Coffee Growers Cooperative and and the IWCA’s DRC chapter, happily reports that the project is nearing completion. They have finished building the water filter for the washing of coffee; the water reservoir of the washing station; the shed for cherry reception; a sink for cherry reception; the shed for cherry machinery; fermentation sinks; a coffee grader and washing canal; sinks to soak coffee; and cherry machinery installation.

These updates to the washing station will allow for the processing of approximately 450 kilos of cherry during the harvest season, from coffees grown by some 1,500 female smallholder farmers from the Uvira, Walungu and Fizi territories. Just as important, it will allow the women of the cooperative to further their position in society through economic empowerment.

Java Jog 2015

The $35,000 raised in 2014 allowed for some significant steps in the empowerment of women in the DRC and the development of the coffee segment’s industry as a whole. We humbly ask for your support in 2015, as each contribution from each jogger represents more and bigger steps toward positive change in the supply structure, and improved opportunities for women that benefit everyone involved.

(Beth Ann Caspersen is one of the co-founders of Java Jog for a Cause. She is the Quality Control Manger for the coffee importer and roaster Equal Exchange in West Bridgewater, Mass., the founder of the Congo Coffee Project, a Q Licensed Instructor and member of the SCAA Coffee Tasters Committee. You can email her with your thoughts and questions: bacaspersen@equalexchange.coop)

2015 JavaJog T-shirts are organic, fair trade, made by women

One of the good things about JavaJog are our t-shirts!  We placed an order for 300 mens and women’s tees this week. Like last year’s shirts, these tees are fairtrade and organic – from Freeset.

“Freeset tees are made by women in Kolkata, India who were once marginalized and trapped by poverty and prostitution. Freeset has given them an alternative – a way to find freedom. They have learned new skills and now earn a respectable, shame-free living making tees for you!”  Read more about the story here.

Last year, JavaJog participants remarked at the style and comfort of the shirts.  Our women JavaJoggers in particular, were pleased by the sculpted design with a scoop neckline and cap sleeves, which has been repeated for this year.

Pick-up your JavaJog 2015 t-shirt and race packet in the main registration area at the SCAA Expo in Seattle on Thursday, April 9 from 2:30 – 5:00pm. 

Here is a sneak peak at the shirt design!!

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This year, our courageous volunteers get their own shirt to help them stand out in a crowd!

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JavaJog Welcomes Sponsors for 2015 Run for Ethiopia

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JavaJog for a Cause organizers welcome 2015 sponsors for the third annual run in Seattle to benefit coffee women in Ethiopia. Starbucks and Metad Plc have signed on as Gold sponsors for the event, with Equal Exchange, Baratza, Spark Technologies and Schluter providing Silver level support, and Equator Coffees & Teas as Bronze level support. Roast Magazine is our Media Sponsor. JavaJog 2015 will be held April 10, starting in Seattle’s South Lake Union Park.

“We are grateful to all our sponsors for this year’s race, says Kimberly Easson, co-founder of the event, which was launched in early 2013 by Easson, Beth Ann Caspersen, and Aimee Russillo, as a way to bring together fun and fitness in the coffee community – all to benefit a great cause. “With their generous support, we are able to bring the race to Seattle, and help us reach our goal of $40,000. JavaJog is still welcoming additional sponsors and runners for the event,” she adds. Last years event brought together more than 200 runners and walkers who raised more than $35,000 for women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“The support from our sponsors, Starbucks, Metad, Equal Exchange, Baratza, Schluter, Spark Technologies, Equator and Roast Magazine will go a long way in helping us raise awareness and funds for women in coffee farming communities in Ethiopia,” explains Easson.

2014: 10 K starters
2014: 10 K starters

The goal for the Seattle 2015 JavaJog is 300 runners and $40,000 raised for women in coffee farming communities in Ethiopia. “While a much larger goal than last year, we wanted to set a goal that would allow us to raise more money for the cause,” explains Easson. “There are many great organizations doing work in Ethiopia including Grounds for Health, Girls Gotta Run, IWCA Ethiopia, Common River, and Amaro Gayo. And, by raising more money, we can invest in activities across the region working together with local community based organizations. There is no doubt that the need is great, and if we can strengthen our impact through sponsorships and a goal of 300 runners, $40K seemed like a realistic number.”

JavaJog’s ‘Founders Run’ was held in Boston, April 12, 2013. Fifteen runners participated, raising $7500, which was donated to the women’s committee of the Sopacdi farmer’s cooperative in South Kivu, DRC.

For more information about our sponsors, visit Starbucks, Metad Plc, Equal Exchange, Baratza, Spark Coffee Technologies, Schluter, Equator and Roast Magazine websites.
To sign up for this year’s run, or to support the cause, visit the JavaJog Crowdrise site. For more information about the cause, visit JavaJog.org.
For more information about the race or sponsorship opportunities, contact javajog@gmail.com or 202-657-5788.

JavaJog 2014 Funds Yield Swift Results in DRC

Higher Grounds Co-Founder, Chris Treter recently visited Tuuange Coffee Growers’ Cooperative (and JavaJog 2014 award winner through IWCA DRC)  in Eastern DRC:  

“Having participated in the Javajog last year, I was great to see the amazing swift, efficient use of the funds. When I remarked in amazement the low cost of the washing station, Chantal remarked, “that’s what happens when women have control of the money.” Great work!”

Take a look at the impressive result below:

Thanks for this report Chris, and CONGRATULATIONS to Chantal and her leadership with the farmers to make this dream become a reality!!

Java Jog 2014 Update: Funds in Action in DRC

What happens if you harvest great quality coffee but you don’t have anywhere to process it? This is the situation that many farmers face in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is one of the many reasons why JavaJog for a Cause chose to fund the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) Congo Chapter’s project to support women coffee farmers in Lubarika and Ndolera village and Uvira Territory to build their own coffee washing station. The $20,000 grant awarded by Java Jog for a Cause, matched with additional funding provided by Food for the Hungry USA, was used to purchase equipment and provide infrastructure support for processing their coffee.

Construction begins on the washing station.
Construction begins on the washing station.

Chantal Binwa, the President of Tuungane Coffee Growers Cooperative & President of IWCA DR CONGO reported happily that the project is now complete. The project included:

–       Water filter and reservoir for the washing of coffee
–       Shed and sink for cherry reception
–       Shed for cherry machinery
–        Fermentation Sinks
–       Coffee grader and washing canal
–       Sinks to Soak coffee
–       Cherry machinery installation

Chantal visits the project site with technicians.

Chantal visits the project site with technicians.

Ms. Binwah provided us with a detailed look at the system they are implementing and how this will impact the area, “Our 3 disc pulper with Aagaard pregrader system has the processing capacity of 3 tons an hour. For that, we allow to process 450,000 kgs of cherry during all the harvest period. With this production, we’ll attend 1500 small women’ coffee growers and others from Uvira, Walungu and Fizi Territories.” She explains that the washing station was conceived to process the two variety of coffee : Arabica and Robusta.

Not only will the washing station be very beneficial for women members of TUUNGANE COOPERATIVE, it will help the women further meet their goal of establishing their rights and position within society through economic empowerment.

 

2015 JavaJog for a Cause: Benefitting Women of Coffee Growing Communities in Ethiopia

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(January 26, 2105) – JavaJog for a Cause, an annual event that raises money and awareness for women in coffee producing communities, is scheduled to be held April 10, 2015 in Seattle in conjunction with the annual EXPO of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). This year’s event, the third race, will benefit women of Ethiopian coffee producing communities, and will provide individuals, teams and corporations the opportunity to contribute to improve livelihoods of women within these communities.

“We chose to focus on Ethiopian women this year to tie to the SCAA’s Portrait Country promotion. Ethiopian coffee is among the most sought-after coffees in the world – and although women play a central role in assuring its quality, especially on the farms and at the processing centers, they remain very much behind the scenes. Political turmoil, an influx of refugees and high rates of poverty have affected many Ethiopians and women bear the brunt; they suffer from high rates of genital mutilation, lack of education and domestic violence – many live without access to clean drinking water or medical facilities.” explained Beth Ann Caspersen, one of JavaJog’s founders.

JavaJog 2015 will build off momentum from the 2014 run, which raised more than $35,000 for the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The goal of the 2015 event is to welcome more than 300 runners and walkers, who will raise money for the cause individually or as a team, helping reach the goal of $45,000.

Funds raised will be invested in organizations that work locally to address issues facing Ethiopian women in a variety of areas: among them, health, productivity, training, leadership and advocacy. JavaJog organizers are working with coffee partners on the ground in Ethiopia, targeting potential recipients for this year’s funds. Key groups will be invited to submit proposals, which will be reviewed by an independent committee. Reports of the use of the funds will be given to JavaJog and be made public on the JavaJog website.

Sponsorship of JavaJog 2015 provides companies with a unique opportunity to lead the charge in raising money for the Ethiopian women communities while promoting their brands in one of the newest, most exciting coffee events. Sponsorship levels include: Platinum ($5,000); Gold ($2,500); Silver ($1,00); and Product Sponsors.

Java Jog for a Cause was established early in 2013 by Kimberly Easson, Beth Ann Caspersen, Aimee Russillo. The Founders’ Run was held in Boston with 15 runners and raised $7500, which was donated to the women’s committee of the Sopacdi farmer’s cooperative in South Kivu, DRC. JavaJog 2014 benefitted coffee-farming women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

To sign up for this year’s run, or to support the cause, visit the JavaJog Crowdrise site. To learn more about the cause, visit JavaJog.org.

For more information about the race, or sponsorship opportunities, please email javajog@gmail.com.

2015 JavaJog for a Cause Set to Benefit Women of Coffee Growing Communities in Ethiopia

This year’s 5K JavaJog Run and Walk will be held Friday April 10th at 7:30am (7:00am for the 10K)  in Seattle in conjunction with the annual EXPO of the Specialty Coffee Association of  America (SCAA).  Register through the SCAA EXPO Registration process, or here.

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This year’s event, the third race, will benefit women of Ethiopian coffee producing communities, and will provide individuals, teams and corporations the opportunity to contribute to improve livelihoods of women within these communities.

Teams are being invited to run and fund-raise, with prizes to be awarded to the best performers.  We expect 300 runners this year to gather at South Lake Union Park for a beautiful run (or walk) along the lake.

Stay tuned for more details – don’t miss the fun!  And, its all for a great cause.

JavaJog for a Cause 2014 Names Grant Recipients

JavaJog 2014 Benefitting Women of the DRC

JavaJog Benefitting Women of the DRC

 

August 24, 2014 – JavaJog for a Cause, an annual event that raises money and awareness for women in coffee producing communities, announces its 2014 Grant Recipients. A total of $35,000 has been allocated to three organizations working in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): The DRC Chapter of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, The Eastern Congo Initiative, and Virunga Coffee.

JavaJog - In Globe2 - Green 250Nearly 200 runners came together this past April for the 2nd Annual JavaJog 5K/10K Race in Seattle, raising more than $35,000 in funds for coffee women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Another smaller race held in conjunction with the annual SCAE conference raised an additional $300 for the cause. The awards were allocated through a rigorous 2-part evaluation process. In late June, the JavaJog Grant Review Committee evaluated proposals. The Committee’s recommendations were then provided to the JavaJog Advisory Committee for final approval and awarding of the grants.

JavaJog for a Cause 2014 grant recipients include:

ECILogo_250The Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), which will receive $11,500 for Small Business Development for Congolese Cooperatives. The eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo has enormous potential to produce specialty coffee. Today, with peace and a bright economic outlook, Congolese coffee farmers are driven to increase the quality of their production to provide the international marketplace with specialty Congolese coffee. ECI and the Kahawa Bora Ya Kivu (Fine Coffee of Kivu) coffee project work with three cooperatives, investing in business development throughout the entire value chain. Through JavaJog’s grant, 30 cooperative members will have the chance to travel to successful cooperatives in East Africa, learning from different business models, which can be applicable in DRC, forming strong businesses that can reliably provide quality coffee.

IWCALogo300The DRC chapter of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance will receive $20,000 to support 750 women coffee growers of Lubarika and Ndolera village, and Uvira Territory who struggle daily to establish their rights and position within society. The grant money will be used to purchase equipment and provide infrastructure support for processing and packaging of coffee, which will help the women further meet their goal of establishing their rights and position within society through economic empowerment.

VirungaCoffeeLogo_final2_300Virunga Coffee Company will receive $3,500 for efforts to improve working conditions for women, specifically supporting the improvement of conditions for the women who sort coffee by hand. Typically, throughout most African countries, thousands of tons of coffee beans are hand sorted by women working for a few dollars per day, often in very basic working conditions. Through this grant, Virunga Coffee will make initial investments in the infrastructure, and provide these women in the DRC with a higher salary, a free lunch, and better the working environment which will include new tables, stools and good lighting.

JavaJog 2014 was made possible through a network of volunteers as well as many generous sponsors. Platinum Sponsor for JavaJog 2014 was Westrock Coffee Company, which provides global export opportunities and purposeful employment to partners at origin. Equal Exchange, Baratza and Equator Coffees & Teas provided Bronze Level support, and Roast Magazine served as the Media Sponsor. A number of product sponsors, included Theo Chocolate, Bonavita, Espro and SCAA. Coffee served at the event was from Caffe Vita and Herkimer Coffee.

Plans are underway for the 3rd Annual Race to take place in Seattle, April 10th.
To learn more about the cause, visit JavaJog for a Cause. For more information about the race, or sponsorship opportunities, please email javajog@gmail.com

SCAE JavaJog Founder’s Run A Success

JavaJog SCAE brought together 10 runners from 6 nationalities for a 5K Fun Run through the parks of Rimini. Coffee professionals from the UK, Ireland, Australia, Netherlands, Honduras and the US met up at the John F Kennedy Plaza near the Rimini marina on a sunny morning, June 11.

The race was put together as an impromtu gathering for fun, fitness and to raise funds for coffee women in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  In all, more than 200 Euros were raised and will be added to the funds from the SCAA Seattle JavaJog which was held on April 25th.

JavaJog organizers are already planning a race for next year’s SCAE in Sweden ~  see you there!

JavaJog 5K Fun Run at SCAE in Rimini!

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JavaJog makes its European debut with a 5K Fun Run in conjunction with the annual conference of the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE)!

Runners and walkers will gather at the Fountain at the Piazzale John F Kennedy (in front of the Hotel Best Western La Gradisca) for a 5K course through several parks toward Lake Mariotti.  For the informal run/walk, participants are asked to make a voluntary donation of 20 Euros which will go to the fund for coffee women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Rimini JavaJoggers will be recognized as Founders of the European run at future SCAE conferences.

For details on this year’s run, email: javajog@gmail.com, or text +1 202 258 9392JavaJog Rimini Map

 

JavaJog’s first run was at the 2013 SCAA conference in Boston, where 15 Founders including SCAE’s Drewry Pearson braved biting winds to raise awareness and funds for coffee women in the Eastern DRC.  The first race raised more than $7500 which was awarded to the women’s committee of the Sopacdi farmers cooperative.

The second JavaJog race April 25th in Seattle brought together more than 175 runners and walkers and raised more than $35,000 which will  be awarded to organizations working in coffee producing communities in the Eastern DRC.

 

JavaJog Raises more than $35K through Seattle Race

Request for Proposals and Grant Review Committee announced

Donations were still coming in three weeks after the Seattle JavaJog, bringing the total amount of contributions to $35,235 after expenses. Top fundraisers Elizabeth Goldblatt of Six Degrees Coffee, and Willem Boot of Boot Coffee were neck and neck in their fundraising up to the day of the race and continuing into the ensuing weeks. In the end, each raised more than $3000 for the cause.

Other top fundraisers included Susan Heller of Atlas Coffee, Twin, Wendy De Jong, and Team SCAE.  In all, more than 500 individuals and companies from around the world made donations in amounts ranging from $10 to $1000.  All sponsorship funds and registration fees, over and above expenses, will be used to fund initiatives on the ground.

JavaJog’s focus now turns to funneling the money to the coffee women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A Request for Proposals has been sent to several organizations working in the region, and is also open for other organizations interested in applying.   Applications may be submitted through June 25th, and selected recipients will announced before the end of July.

Members have been selected for the 2014 Grant Review Committee:

  • Charlene Farmer, Board member Food4Farmers, former GMCR, Burington, VT
  • Craig Holt, Atlas Coffee, Seattle, WA
  • Marjoleine Motz, Fair & Sustainable Consulting, Utrect, Netherlands
  • Nate Schaffran, Root Capital, Boston, MA
  • George Watane, 4C Association, Nairobi, Kenya

JavaJog expects fund to be disbursed for use in early August, with brief impact reports to be submitted every two months. Protocols which govern the granting procedures are available here. Details of the grants and their progress will be available online so that they can be shared with the many participants in the race and supporters of the cause.

 

JavaJog 2014 Results Are In!

We are pleased to announce this year’s winners for the second annual Java Jog for a Cause, held Friday morning, April 25 in Seattle’s Lake Union Park. More than 180 runners lined up on a beautiful Seattle morning for the fun run. This year’s race brought in more than $34,000 for the cause, surpassing it’s $30,000 goal for coffee women in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Below are the top three winners for each of the 5K and 10K women’s and men’s finishers! Full results here.

10K Women’s

  1. Harper McConnell, Eastern Congo Initiative, Goma, DR Congo (TIME: 40:24)
  2. Jamie Hamburg, Scooter’s Coffee, Omaha, NE
  3. Emi Kamura, Atlantic Specialty/ECOM, Hayward, CA

10K Men’s

  1. Richard Bettles, Belaroma, Australia (TIME: 38:12)
  2. Ben Fischer, Stonecreek Coffee, Shorewood, WI
  3. Jun-Wan Tong, Westrock Trading Co, Littlerock, AK (Platinum Sponsor)

5K Women’s

  1. Rebecca Singer, Coffee Kids, Chicago, IL  (TIME: 23:28)
  2. Aine Garvey, independent traveler on holiday visiting from UK/Ireland
  3. Jessie Myszka, Equal Exchange, Portland, OR (Bronze Sponsor)

5K Men’s

  1.  Mike Mammo, Addis Exporters, Ethiopia (TIME: 18:48)
  2. Guy Burdett, Interamerican Coffee, Houston, TX (ran the Boston Marathon 4/21)
  3. John Cossette, Royal Coffee, Emeryville, CA

Congratulations to them and to all of the JavaJog finishers!  We look forward to seeing you again next year in Seattle.

JavaJog 2014 nears $30K goal in final fundraising push!

The Second Annual JavaJog is just 5 days away – and we’re so close to our fundraising goal of $30,000 for coffee women in the Congo!  A number of fabulous teams and individuals are engaged in lively social media campaigning to spread the word and bring in donations.

Teams from Twin, StoneCreekCoffee, Cafe Vita, Theo, Women in Coffee NW, Equal Exchange, Baratza, SCAE, Boot Coffee, Fairtrade Flyers, On the Ground, It Runs in the Family (from Iceland!), Pueblo a Pueblo, and more….

Plus leading individual fundraisers are Wendy De Jong, Liam Brody, Susan Heller, Emi Kamura, Elizabeth Goldblatt, Kate Fischer, Kelly Goodejohn, Laura Everage and many more!

Big thanks to everyone… keep up the great work through Friday!!! Check out the numbers below ~  very exciting.

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Great Fun, Great Cause, Great T-Shirts ~ JavaJog’s T-shirts also for a Cause

JavaJog participants have spent weeks training and fundraising for coffee women in the Congo. Now, on race day, April 25th, the 150+ participants will proudly sport fair trade organic t-shirts from FairTri™.

Provided by Tri4Freedom, a group committed to raising awareness about the global extent of human exploitation and empowering survivors and marginalized communities by promoting social and environmental sustainability in sport. FairTri™ T-shirts, made by Freeset Global in India, a women-owned business that brings freedom to survivors of human trafficking.image002

 

 

 

The shirts are made by a group of women in India who have been given a chance to empower themselves in a life free from slavery. More than 27 million people are currently enslaved around the world.

JavaJog for a Cause brings together the coffee community for a fun and fitness event that benefits a great cause, raising funds to invest in community-based efforts to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of the people who produce it, with a particular focus on women. This year’s fundraising goal is $30,000, which will be invested in women’s coffee groups in Eastern Congo, South Lake Kivu region.

Sponsors for JavaJog 2014 include Westrock Coffee Company (Platinum Sponsor), Equal Exchange, Baratza, Schluter and Equator Coffees & Teas are providing Bronze Level support, and Roast Magazine is serving as the Media Sponsor. A number of product sponsors, including Theo Chocolate, and Kind Bars round out the current sponsorship lineup for JavaJog 2014.

To learn more about JavaJog for a Cause, visit JavaJog.org; or to donate to runners/walkers, visit the JavaJog Crowdrise site.

To learn about FairTri’s mission to introduce triathletes to superior quality products that bring freedom to people around the world, including t-shirts and coffee, visit FairTri.org.

We regret that given the overwhelming response to this year’s race, after April 1, we are no longer able to guarantee a t-shirt for every runner.  Great incentive for registering early for next year’s event!

JavaJog for a Cause Welcomes Sponsors for 2014 Run for Congo

JavaJog - In Globe2 - Green - NoJavaJog for a Cause organizers welcome 2014 sponsors for the second annual run/walk to benefit the coffee-farming women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Westrock Coffee Company, which provides global export opportunities and purposeful employment to partners at origin, has signed on as Platinum Sponsor for the event. Equal Exchange, Baratza, Equator Coffees & Teas, and Schluter Coffee are providing Bronze Level support, and Roast Magazine is serving as the Media Sponsor. A number of product sponsors, including Theo Chocolate, round out the current sponsorship lineup for JavaJog 2014, which will be held April 25, 2014 starting in Seattle’s South Lake Union Park.

“We are grateful to all our sponsors for this year’s race,” says Kimberly Easson, co-founder of the event, which was launched in early 2013 by Easson, Beth Ann Caspersen, and Aimee Russillo as a way to bring together fun and fitness in the coffee community – all to benefit a great cause. “With their generous support, we are able to bring the race to Seattle, and help us reach our goal of $30,000. JavaJog is still welcoming additional sponsors and runners for the event,” she adds.

JavaJog’s ‘Founders Run’ was held in Boston, April 12, 2013. Fifteen runners participated, raising $7500, which was donated to the women’s committee of the Sopacdi farmer’s cooperative in South Kivu, DRC.

“The support from our sponsors – Westrock, Equal Exchange, Baratza, Equator Coffees & Teas, and Roast Magazine – will go a long way in helping us raise awareness and funds for the women in coffee farming communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” explains Easson.

We are excited to sponsor this year’s JavaJog.,” says Elizabeth McLaughlin of Westrock. “Like the organizers of JavaJog, we share a common goal of improving the lives of coffee farmers in Central and East Africa through the production of transparent, specialty coffee. We know financial independence is the most empowering thing a woman can have, and that can be achieved through coffee. Groups like JavaJog help create this independence.”

The goal for the Seattle 2014 JavaJog is to raise $30,000 for women in coffee farming communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “While a much larger goal than last year, we wanted to set a goal that would allow us to raise more money for the cause,” explains Easson. “There are 8 farmer organizations in the region – Sopacdi is just one. And, by raising more money, we could help to link the groups together, and invest in activities across the region working together with local, community based organizations. There is no doubt that the need is great, and if we can strengthen our impact through sponsorships and a goal of 100 runners, $30,000 seemed like a realistic number. To date, we have more than 60 runners registered and raising money.”

For more information about our sponsors, visit Westrock Coffee Company, Equal Exchange, Baratza, Equator Coffees & Teas, Schluter Coffee and Roast Magazine websites.

To sign up for this year’s run, or to support the cause, visit the JavaJog Crowdrise site. To learn more about the cause, visit JavaJog.org.

For more information about the race, or sponsorship opportunities, please email javajog@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Celebrating International Women’s Day: Spotlight on Coffee Women in the Eastern DR Congo

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, March 8, we celebrate the triumph of spirit of women from around the world, especially those in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and realize that their fight for economic and social freedom continues.

In the past decade, violence, poverty and disease in the DemocratiImmaculeec Republic of Congo have claimed the lives of over 5 million men, women and children. Despite democratic elections and multiple peace agreements, the eastern region is still impacted by conflict—more than 1.3 million people are not able to return to their homes.

Through the tragedy, hope still shines in the coffee farming villages along Lake Kivu in the Eastern DR Congo.  Coffee trees are coming back to life — a reflection of the enduring force of nature and the indelible human spirit of those tending to them.

Yet the uncertainly and threat remains. Every day, the women in Eastern Congo face continued obstacles to their ongoing recovery, as it is one of the most violent and difficult places to be a woman. Whether they are a farmer of coffee or a staple crop, these women continually struggle to find the means to get by and to care for their families.

In an effort to support the recovery of these communities, the second annual JavaJog will be held April 25th in Seattle in conjunction with the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Annual Conference and Exhibition. JavaJog, which brings together the coffee community for a fun and fitness event that benefits a great cause, will raise funds to invest in community-based efforts to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of the people who produce it, with a particular focus on women.

On Friday, April 25th more than 100 coffee industry professionals will gather at South Lake Union Park in Seattle, WA for the second annual JavaJog 5K (and 10K).

The objective of JavaJog 2014 is to build a collaborative platform of companies and organizations working in the Eastern DR Congo to:

•            Put Congo Coffee, and the communities that produce it, on the map;

•            Elevate the profile of women in these communities; and to

•            Raise funds to invest in community-based efforts to improve quality of coffee and the lives of the people who produce it, with a particular focus on women.

Several coffee-community businesses have signed on to help raise awareness and money for the women in Eastern Congo, joining together with JavaJog in its efforts to reach this year’s goal of $30,000. Westrock Coffee based in North Little Rock, AR, has signed on as Platimum Sponsor of JavaJog 2014. Other sponsors include Equal Exchange, Baratza, and Roast Magazine.

In addition to company sponsors, each participant in JavaJog 2014 will raise money for the cause. Runners and walkers have set up fundraising campaigns on the JavaJog Crowdrise site, and are reaching out to their own networks to spread the word and garner support. Prizes will be awarded to the top fund-raisers.

Last April, at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Boston, fifteen runners raised $7,326 for the women’s committee at the Sopacdi cooperative in the Kivu region of Congo.

The women have invested the funds to make a difference in the lives of women not only from the coffee cooperative, but more broadly for women impacted by the ongoing violence.  Half of the funds were invested to implement specific income generating activities, including small portable mills and a boat engine to provide transport services to the community.  Profits from the project have been transferred to a microcredit and savings institution based in Minova. The other 50% of the funds was donated to local health centers around Minova who regularly attend women affected by sexual violence.

Funds from Java Jog 2014 will be invested through Sopacdi and other community based organizations working in the region through the Eastern Congo Initiative.

Please join JavaJog and its sponsors in our efforts to bring caring industry professionals together in solidarity with women in the Democratic Republic of Congo – to understand, to advocate and to do more – together.

This International Women’s Day, join together with JavaJog in support of these women. Visit JavaJog.org to participate. To support runners and walkers, head on over to Crowdrise. For sponsorship opportunities, please email javajog@gmail.com.