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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
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in more than 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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 www.GMCR.comwww.greenmountaincoffee.com, or www.keurig.com.

[i]National Survey of Maternal and Child Health 2008-2009
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Nov 14, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: Rafael's Story in His Own Words

Rafael and family. Credit: Save the Children
Rafael and family. Credit: Save the Children

"When we went out of the house, my father was hit by a collapsed wall. There was blood everywhere. I tried to wake him up but he wasn't moving anymore. The water got even higher and I wanted to carry my father with the tide but I thought we would both die.

I was scared and crying.

I swam and swam and every time I was tired I would cling to a log. Then I would swim again. It was a miracle that I survived.

When I was swimming, the rain felt like needles on my face. I was very afraid for my mother and siblings as well as I thought they were all dead."

Drifting through the village, Rafael finally fell asleep.

"When I woke up it was a miracle because I was in another village and I saw some of my friends."

He began walking to the evacuation center to meet with his family. The first thing he told his mother when he got there was that his dad had died and they both cried together.

His mother told him that they had been through similar things on their way out. They have a baby and one of the youngest children is disabled with slow mental and physical development.

"Dad was really protective and generous. Although we are poor, he would always make sure that he would bring something home to us after work. Whenever he prepared his coffee he would share half of the cup with me."

They are now living in a van outside the center as they cannot stand the stench inside.

"We are getting sick, my siblings are always coughing because it is very cold and we don't have any dry clothes at the moment. We don't have anything with us.

The problem is that they have two baby siblings and they don't have water. They are drinking water from a water hose and it is not clean."

Save the Children is responding to Typhoon Haiyan. Please donate to our GlobalGiving project for typhoon relief

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Nov 14, 2013

Jhun-jhun's Survivor Story After Typhoon Haiyan

Jhun-jhun
Jhun-jhun's home. Credit: Save the Children

"I tried hard not to panic amid the chaos, but all I was thinking was that we had to get out of there alive."

This was how young Jhun-jhun began telling his story of the November 8, 2013 onset of Typhoon Haiyan in his home town of Concepcion in the Philippines.

He was at home with his mother, grandmother and little cousin when the typhoon struck their coastal community at more than 180 miles per hour, causing a destructive storm surge and heavy flooding.

Jhun-jhun and his family climbed to the roof of their house to avoid the 10 foot floodwater. "The water current was too strong to move further, and we worried that we might get drifted towards the open sea if we tried to brave the conditions."

Once the strong winds subsided, they moved to the village's evacuation center and stayed overnight.

Jhun-jhun and his family returned home after the storm with hopes that they could salvage whatever was left of their belongings, but their hearts sank when they realized that they had lost almost everything.

"As you can see, we have lost everything. We don't even have a change of clothes. All of our things were destroyed; and we're all starving because we've had nothing to eat since yesterday," he said.

"We really need food, clothes, and any household item because we have nothing at the moment."

With your help, Save the Children will distribute emergency kits for children and families like Jhun Jhun's who have survived the typhoon, including household and hygiene supplies, clean drinking water, cleaning items, temporary school tents and education materials.

Hopefully, Jhun-jhun will feel safe and secure again soon. Kids like Jhun-jhun need caring people like you to support Save the Children's response efforts. 

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