A few days ago, Mission Coffee Roasters sent out a newsletter in hopes of helping raise funds for a friend and client's nonprofit initiative in Nepal.
That group is called Portal Bikes, and was co-founded by Pueblo native Caleb Spear. They were already working in Nepal on their bike development when the recent earthquake hit, and in response launched a new effort to construct smart shelters for families ahead of monsoon season.
As the group explains, "These shelters cost just over $100, can be assembled in 30 minutes, and can be reused when a person builds a permanent home."
You can learn more about them and contribute toward both the bike and shelter missions on Portal Bikes'Indiegogo page.
And here's a little more backstory and perspective from Mission Coffee Roasters:
Mission Coffee Roasters exists for the simple purpose of offering "really good coffee with a mission."
Shelters are constructed with two open sides so residents can use other local materials to customize the enclosure to a family's specific needs.
Most of this we do quietly in the background while we focus on serving you and your organization delicious fresh roasted coffee (wholesale, office coffee service, fund raising, church cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, at Whole Foods, and retail at Mission).
But, we can't be quiet about this...
The monsoon season is coming in Nepal and we know personally a team from here in Pueblo, Colorado that is working in Nepal to provide for the people of Nepal...shelter and a way forward.
We first got involved with them over a year ago doing a custom labelled coffee to drive awareness for their bike powered agricultural grinder, farm equipment, and cargo bikes. And, like many of you, Mission Coffee Roasters donated cash right after the disaster to help in Nepal. At the time, we didn't know what help was needed, we just knew we had to do something.
The need in Nepal is now clear...
A few days ago, we got the email below from our friends at Portal explaining what is really happening in Nepal and how they are helping and how they could use some help to help more.
Portal's email and video explain how you can help them help Nepal if you feel led to do so.