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Jan 23, 2014

Final Report on Cyclone Phailin Relief

Basu Das and family in front of their damaged home
Basu Das and family in front of their damaged home

Picking up the pieces in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin

Basu Das, 50, is the village head of K Badapur village, which is located about 20 miles from Berhampur, Odisha. It is a small hamlet, consisting of 26 households. Most people in the village depend either on fishing or ‘Kiya’ plantation, an aromatic plant that grows abundantly along coastal Odisha and is used in manufacturing perfumes and incense sticks.

Basu Das lost his home to Cyclone Phailin, and is currently taking shelter in a community shelter with another family. Though his wife and two sons survived the cyclone, the damage it has caused is irreparable.

“We were informed to evacuate the village. We took shelter in a college nearby on the night of October 11th. We returned two days later, only to discover our house was completely destroyed. We had to dig out some of our belongings from under the debris,” he said.

His two sons attend the nearby government primary school. Fortunately, the school did not suffer any damage. The family has received some rations from the government, but it was not enough to sustain them for more than a month.

Drinking water is a major concern in Badapur village. According to Bhikari Das, ward member of the Panchayat), people walk 2 miles, two-three times every day to fetch water from the next village, Kattur.

The village has a pond where people bathe and wash their clothes. The water is filthy and the uprooted trees lying in close proximity make it difficult for villagers to use it. Some of them have even caught skin infection.

That’s why Save the Children distributed essential supplies to Basu Das’s family and thousands more children and families affected by Cyclone Phailin. Hygiene items, household supplies and food baskets have been distributed to stave off malnutrition and disease.  

We continue our response to help children and families affected by the devastating cyclone. Thank you again for your support.


Dec 19, 2013

Ahmed's Recovery from Severe Acute Malnutrition

Hawi holds her now healthy nephew Ahmed Habib
Hawi holds her now healthy nephew Ahmed Habib

Hawi brought her nephew Ahmed to the Asayita hospital for treatment for severe acute malnutrition. They live in a small rural village in Afar region. Ahmed, two years and four months old, has been in the stabilization center for the past eight days. Ahmed’s mother has just given birth to another child and his father has passed away so his aunt and his grandmother brought him to the hospital on a Save the Children project vehicle from where they live. He is now making progress and is ready for release.

Hawi’s story in her own words

“My name is Hawi. I am Ahmed’s aunt. Ahmed was severely suffering of an illness and was getting weak as days went by. We were referred to come to the Asayita hospital after being assessed at the OTP center in Mamule health post.

Ahmed is now two years and four months old. His mother is at home after having given birth to another child. As she couldn’t accompany him, and is recovering from the delivery, we [myself and his grandmother] brought him here. We came for medication and treatment for Ahmed but also received money, (80 birr/day) which totals 640 birr (USD $36). This has helped us with expenses for ourselves while we stay in Asayita, away from our home.

Ahmed’s father passed away in a car accident while his wife was still pregnant. Their first daughter also passed away very shortly after becoming sick one night. Ahmed didn’t start eating when he reached the age that he was supposed to. He gets sick very often and does not have a good appetite. He doesn’t eat normally. Now, his health condition has been improving as they are constantly giving him nutritious milk [F75] and medication.

We commonly eat mufe [made with corn flour that is baked under-ground like bread]. We used to have a farm before we moved to our village but we had to sell that and our animals to come here to start a better life. Now we buy corn from other farmers for our consumption. We get water from a nearby river. Luckily, it passes by close to our home. There are other people that come from very faraway places to get to this river.

I hope we won’t get hungry. We [women] usually try and go back to corn-harvested farms and pick the remaining shoots of corn that can be collected and sold. This is an extra income for us to support our families.

Nov 15, 2013

Fight Child Hunger with a Goat-Raising Center

Goat Center
Goat Center

The sleepy Mayan village of Aldea El Paraiso in the Guatemalan Quiché highlands was buzzing with action today during an opening ceremony of a new goat-raising center, hosted by the non-profit organization Save the Children in partnership with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The center is part of a goat milk program designed to help chronically malnourished children get the key nutrients they need to be healthy and grow.

"One of the worst places in the world for chronic child malnutrition is not found in the brown deserts of Africa, but in the green mountains of Latin America," said Carlos Carrazana, Save the Children's Chief Operating Officer. "In Guatemala, nearly one in two children under the age of 5 is chronically malnourished, meaning they don't get enough of the right kinds of food each day to fuel their growing brains and bodies."[i]

Among indigenous populations in rural parts of El Quiché, the situation is even worse. The region's lush, rolling hills mask a hidden hunger crisis affecting 72 percent of its children under 5.[ii] That's why Save the Children, with support from GMCR and USAID, has opened the goat-raising center to offer milk as a source of protein for malnourished children in the region.

"Chronic malnutrition in El Quiché coffee-growing communities has kept many young children from reaching their cognitive and physical potential in life, a potential so necessary to move their communities from extreme levels of poverty," said Rick Peyser, Director of Social Advocacy and Supply Chain Community Outreach for GMCR. "Good nutrition is fundamental to the strength of our supply chain. The new Save the Children Goat Center in El Quiché will lead to healthier, more productive lives in communities that many coffee companies, including GMCR, depend on for their fine coffees."

"For over ten years, USAID Guatemala has supported Save the Children's innovative food security and nutrition programs for families living in extreme poverty and with very high rates of chronic malnutrition in Guatemala's Quiché department. Over the years, Save the Children has championed this exemplary 'family goat model.' Today it is our pleasure to join Save the Children and other important partners in this inauguration of The Goat Center which is the culmination of their laudable work to generate income and food security among the extreme poor in Guatemala's Western Highlands," said USAID Mission Director Kevin Kelly.

The center currently houses 85 goats (it has capacity for 300) and will serve 115 surrounding communities. Over the next three to five years, 2,200 families and more than 3,500 children will benefit from the goat center. In addition to providing milk for children, the program teaches families how to generate income year-round by raising goats and other farm animals, selling surplus milk, and making cheese and yogurt.

A Brewing Partnership

GMCR first partnered with Save the Children in 2009 to improve food security for coffee-producing families in Nicaragua. Since then, the company has contributed more than $7 million to Save the Children to provide similar programs in Indonesia, El Salvador, Bolivia, Honduras and Guatemala.

About Save the Children
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About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)
As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR supports local and global communities by investing in sustainably-grown coffee and allocating a portion of its pre-tax profits to socially and environmentally responsible initiatives. For more information, please visit, or

[i]National Survey of Maternal and Child Health 2008-2009


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