Costa Foundation

We believe that education is the first step towards a better life and we aim to improve schools in the poorest coffee-farming communities.

Building schools and futures

The farmers who grow coffee around the world are an essential part of our business – we couldn’t keep inspiring the world to love great coffee without them! However, we know that many coffee-growing communities are in remote rural areas in some of the world’s poorest countries, and children in these communities often have little or no access to education.

The Costa Foundation logoThe mission of the Costa Foundation is to fund schools and school projects in coffee-growing communities which provide the opportunity to access a safe, quality education. The charity does this by:

  • Building new schools or extending existing ones

  • Investing in water supplies and providing electricity

  • Furnishing the new buildings

  • Providing computers and other essential technology

  • Building toilets and teacher accommodation

  • Promoting gender equality

  • Developing land for students to grow crops.

Change a child's life story

Education is the key to changing children’s life stories, so we're working hard to build quality schools. They are built in some of the world’s most remote communities, with locations carefully chosen to provide support where it is most needed.

Costa Foundation school childrenThe Costa Foundation supports these communities without expecting anything in return, which means we are often helping farmers in areas where we are not able to buy coffee. We don’t do things by halves, and we definitely don’t do average. Our fundraising builds brilliant schools for amazing young people.

10 different countries across the coffee belt now benefit from a Costa Foundation school project, including Colombia, Uganda and Vietnam. We’re really proud of all that the charity has achieved so far and are looking forward to changing the life stories of even more children in the future.

10 different countries across the coffee belt now benefit from a Costa Foundation school project, including Colombia, Uganda and Vietnam

Student stories

Empowering girls in Honduras

Each of the children who have attended a Costa Foundation school so far is a unique individual with their own story to tell. Like Jennifer, in Honduras, who had to drop out of school to support her two younger brothers and herself when she lost her parents. Thanks to the Costa Foundation Jennifer is again back in school. Learn all about Jennifer's journey, and others helped by the Costa Foundation, by following the link to the Costa Foundation's website.

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Costa Foundation Student Story
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Coffee with Commitment

Learn more about our Sustainability programme, Coffee with Commitment - our plan to drive positive change, giving back to the communities we're apart of, sourcing the resource we use sustainably, and helping the environment in every way we can.

Costa Foundation - *Registered charity no. 1147400 In Scotland, SCO43414