Sustainable Coffee Bay is a registered non-profit and public benefit organisation. We work with the communities of the greater Coffee Bay area to improve their lives through education and other community initiatives.
Since 2002, projects were run informally by Coffee Shack Backpackers. They were managed by Coffee Shack staff and funded by Coffee Shack and its guests. As the projects grew in number and size, Sustainable Coffee Bay (SCB) was formed in 2011 to manage the community projects and raise the necessary funds. Nowadays, our work is divided into three focus areas: Early Childhood Development, Education and Youth Development, and Rural Assistance.
It is our mission to increase access to, and quality of education, skills and employment by working with our community on projects that create higher expectations and improve lives. We strive to inspire others by being role models of excellence.
Three values have guided us in our mission from the start:
- To us this means being open to, and respectful of, the traditional Xhosa culture that we work in, while being open and honest about our operations.
- We have a can-do attitude, overcoming barriers to make projects successful that in turn help the Coffee Bay community overcome obstacles. By creating examples of excellence in our rural community we show that it is possible.
- Only by coming together can we thrive. This sensitivity for our community’s needs guides our projects as well as how we treat our supporters.
Our achievements so far:
- Children leaving our pre-school are well ahead of their peers in maths and literacy, as well as fine motor skills. Many have gone on to win prizes at the local JSS.
- Over 45 children matriculated from high school, thanks to our high school fund. The majority of them are either studying or employed. Our partnership with other education providers has resulted in over 32 students receiving training, 98% are still employed.
- We have supported hundreds of former mine workers and their families access funds that are rightfully theirs, releasing nearly R5 million into the community. This has improved health standards and overcome barriers to accessing government services and makes it possible to live in dignity with safe and dry homes and enough food on the table for the whole family.
Our programmes vary from pre-school, to pensioner and youth in between. So on a broader level we hope to see the following outcomes:
- Inspired youth
- Realisation of Human Rights
- Higher expectations
- Improved lives
- Increased opportunities
Our board comprises of six elected officials:
Non-Profit Organisation number (NPO): 090-432-NPO
Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) number: 930 040 239