Empowering Lives: Coffee World’s Gift of Clean Water to Island Muslim Girls Orphanage

At Coffee World, our commitment goes beyond serving the finest coffee. As an independent, family-run business in the heart of Cambridge, UK, we believe in making a tangible difference in the lives of those who cultivate the coffee we cherish. Through our giving back initiative, Coffee World Change, we dedicate 1% of our prior year’s profits to projects that uplift communities in the coffee belt.

This May, our hearts were drawn to the Island Muslim Girls Orphanage in Mombasa, Kenya, where over 70 young girls find refuge, education, and hope for a brighter future. Despite the resilience and dedication of the orphanages founder, Mama Zeinab, who is now in her 60’s and her daughter Zahra who now helps run the orphanage, access to a reliable water source has been a persistent challenge, particularly at their second, rural location based in Mtwapa, Kenya. While a narrow well was initially dug years ago, it proved insufficient and unusable.

Mama Zeinab and Zahra had been seeking tirelessly for support to re-construct the borehole to make it useable. Thankfully, support was eventually found and the large feat of drilling an entirely new borehole was tackled. The incredible, persistent mother and daughter team also managed to secure a donated water tank—but the need for a water tower to house the tank remained unmet.

We at Coffee World saw an opportunity to make a significant impact. Partnering with the orphanage, we sponsored the construction of a much-needed water tower, ensuring that the tank could be properly housed and the community could finally benefit from a reliable, self-sustained water supply.

The completion of the water tower marks a turning point for Island Muslim Girls Orphanage’s second branch in Mtwapa. With this new structure in place, the girls now have consistent access to clean water—an essential resource that many of us take for granted. This reliable water source will transform their daily lives, providing for their basic needs and supporting their health and well-being.

Moreover, the water tower fosters a sense of self-reliance and sustainability within the orphanage. No longer dependent on costly external water sources, the orphanage can now utilize its own borehole water. This shift not only reduces expenses but also empowers the community to be more self-sufficient, channelling resources towards other critical areas such as education and healthcare.

At Coffee World, we are deeply grateful to our customers and community, whose support enables us to embark on these transformative projects. Your love for our coffee fuels our mission to make the world a better place, one step at a time.

Join us in celebrating this milestone and continue to support Coffee World Change.

Together, we can brew a brighter, more hopeful future for communities around the globe. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us.

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