At Empowered Cup, we are incredibly passionate about giving you a cup of coffee that not only tastes amazing but also one that supports the farmers and communities that create it.
That’s why we are proud to announce our partnership with OYE – Organization For Youth Empowerment.
OYE is a Honduras based youth nonprofit that supports children in hard-pressed areas of Honduras.
But who exactly is OYE Honduras and how are they improving lives of children in one of the poorest countries in the world?
As one of the strongest youth charities in Honduras, OYE has taken a forward-thinking approach to supporting communities in Honduras.
The youth nonprofit focuses on providing Scholarships, Leadership & Life Skills Development, and Youth Participation & Engagement.
In Honduras, access to education is limited, despite the fact it has a better education system than most countries in the region. OYE gives back to low-income children in the area by awarding academic scholarships to promising youths, allowing them to further their education at universities and public high schools.
OYE has awarded over 300 young women and men scholarships since 2005. Some 98% of these scholars go on to graduate from high school and some 80% of those go on to be first-generation college students. Compared to Honduras’ national average of 40% high school graduation, this scholarship program has changed the lives of hundreds of Hondurans.
OYE also creates restorative spaces with the support of the Strachan Foundation as well as training from the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Through these programs, they engage teachers and administrators of El Progreso’s largest school districts to create a new approach to discipline and conflict resolution.
They also hold workshops that cover a wide range of topics that these at-risk youths must navigate, and support youth and professionally led programs that encourage sports, community, and art engagement.
At Empowered Cup, we are proud to offer our support to OYE Honduras. Their track record has proven time and again, their efforts are making a difference in lives of the youths in Honduras. By donating a part of our proceeds to youth charities like OYE Honduras, we do our part to give back to the communities that play such a large role in creating our coffee.
We believe in empowering our customers, the farmers who we source our beans from, and the children that call Honduras home. We hope you’ll join us in supporting youth nonprofits like OYE.