The Youngevity Be The Change Foundation is inspiring outreach both big and small in communities locally and around the world. We’re changing lives. And it all began with our plantation.
Matagalpa, Nicaragua is often referred to as “The Pearl of the North” in Central America. In May of 2014, Youngevity International, in partnership with the Siles family, purchased a 1,000-acre coffee plantation in this lush part of the Nicaragua rainforest.
When we purchased the once-thriving plantation, it was in a state of disrepair. The school on this property had been closed, sanitation was poor, and the living quarters could best be described as rustic. Many of the children of those working and living on the plantation were barefoot and exposed to the dangers of this mountainous terrain. Our plantation is home to 180 workers and their families and swells with an additional 500 seasonal workers during harvest. It was essential that the living conditions of the workers and their families along with the well-being of the children be addressed immediately.
Moved by the plight of our community in Nicaragua and the possibilities of restoring the plantation to its original splendor, the Youngevity Be the Change Foundation, and Youngevity Distributors and customers sprang into action. They took up a clothing and shoe drive that was so well received that we were not only able to provide for our plantation’s inhabitants, but for every plantation on the mountainside. Because of this, the Youngevity Plantation became known as the “sharing plantation.” In partnership with Fair Trade, our Foundation also built a new hydroelectricity plant to generate green power and built a three-story condominium style dormitory in which the families could thrive. And one of our proudest moments came when we reopened the school.
Reopening the school was a catalyst for life altering change. In addition to the school for the plantation’s children, the Foundation has been able to open a daycare for the youngest in the area to have a safe and welcoming place to spend time while their parents are working. In an effort to reach out to all ages, our partner, Marisol Siles started a literacy program for the adults at the plantation, many of whom could not even sign their names when the program began. This campaign is having far-reaching effects. The children at the plantation are helping to reinforce the learning they receive with their parents, and it’s becoming a beautiful circle of learning, sharing, and growth.
What makes this literacy program extra special is the generosity and warmth that has grown from it. Not content to simply help the residents of our own plantation, our hearts are also reaching out to the greater community and extending the literacy program to anyone willing to learn. Marisol Siles is leading an initiative to pick up workers from other plantations, bring them to the classes, then take them back—forming a bridge of hope to anyone that wishes to learn.
This spirit of giving back to every community in which we live is why Youngevity’s Be the Change Foundation exists; caring and ordinary people doing extraordinary things to make a difference in the lives of others. We support the Youngevity Be The Change foundation directly and materially by donating 100% of the proceeds of our 12 oz. bags of coffee to help those in need around the world.Thank you for purchasing our coffee and supporting these efforts. Simply by drinking this great coffee, you are sharing your hearts of love and hope “for the good”.
Read about the Foundation’s outreach in other Spotlight stories below!
September Foundation Spotlight: Make-A-Wish® Foundation
Just one wish could change a life.
The Make-A-Wish® Foundation makes dreams possible for children all around the world. The foundation gives children with life-threatening medical conditions the opportunity to have incredible experiences. Thanks to this wonderful organization, a wish is granted every 34 minutes. Whether it’s getting a puppy, becoming a princess for a day, or even redesigning the playroom of a children’s hospital, Make-A-Wish can make it happen.
Enjoying a cup of Javalution coffee isn’t just something you do for yourself, it benefits others, too. At Youngevity, we take pride in supporting causes that find ways to “be the change,” and the Make-A-Wish Foundation is certainly one of them! Your membership to the Javalution Coffee Club helps us to continue contributing to this life-changing organization. We donate 100% of the proceeds from the Javalution Coffee Club to our nonprofit organization, Youngevity’s Be The Change Foundation. From there, donations are distributed to organizations within our family of charities – Make-A-Wish, the American Red Cross, My Story Matters, and many more.
Like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Youngevity’s Be The Change Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We depend upon the goodwill, the generosity, and the efforts of our volunteers and donors to continue to be the change we wish to see in the world. Our foundation is a grassroots, action-oriented movement. We embrace both large projects and smaller, spontaneous occurrences, all with the desire to spread joy, kindness and understanding.
Through your generosity, we are able to give back to the communities and organizations that need it most.
Thank you for supporting the Javalution Coffee Club!