Marilyn Dryke, President, Gay Smith Founder and Connie Kolosvary a member of the board of directors, of the Café Femenino Foundation all traveled to Chiclayo, Peru the first part of December to visit some of the early education centers that were funded by the foundation this past year as well as some of the community gardens, and Quinoa projects also funded by the Café Femenino Foundation. One of the main reasons for visiting this time of year is to help pass out hot chocolate and Christmas bread to some of the thousands of children who are recipients of this “gift of Christmas” from the Café Femenino Foundation’s “A Coffee Child’s Christmas.” Gay Smith stated that “For us the best gift of all is the smiles of the mothers when they see their children happy for this annual “Chocolatada” event.
The foundation focuses on the women and children and funding grants that go to benefit them directly. The foundation believes that women and children need to be recognized for their value in the family if there is to be a chance to eliminate poverty in these remote coffee communities. Through the support of the Café Femenino Foundation over the years, women in these communities are now saying that they are free and they are now valued for the work they do on the coffee farms and in their homes. Girls now are attending schools, and the men are now helping with the children and in the home. Our trip this year to Peru was a great success, stated Marilyn Dryke Foundation President, hearing how the foundation is making a difference in so many communities, was both gratifying and helpful to the foundation in helping us to raise and direct funds for the future.