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NI’s leading local coffee chain receives top accolade for charity initiative

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Honduras Project (2015-2016)

In 2015, Ground Espresso propelled funding for the construction of a new education hub in Honduras intended to provide an IT centre with 30 new computers for use by children and young people in the community. The original Honduras Project cost of $25,000 was 90% funded by Ground Espresso Bars and 10% through fundraising activities in its multiple outlets across the country.

Following discussions with the University of Honduras, Ground were inspired to enlarge this initiative by transforming the small community centre into a remote learning hub, incurring a new support sum of $130,000. This project expansion was funded through donations to the Fundación, as well as the cooperative’s own contribution of $70,000 which is a testament to the community’s commitment to enhancing self-sustainability.

Director of Ground Espresso Bars, Karen Gardiner said: “The entire Ground Espresso Bars team is thrilled to have received this Belfast Telegraph Business award for CSR which recognises the good work we have accomplished throughout this past year with the community in Honduras. We hope this will encourage other local businesses to support their suppliers and proactively look after their well-being.”