The Polus Center has provided services for people with disabilities in Massachusetts since 1979. In 1997, Polus began working physical rehabilitation and creating economic opportunities for victims of landmines and conflict in Nicaragua. This “victim assistance” work includes training for rehabilitation staff, distributing prosthetic limbs and mobility aids, and income generation programs, and has extended to victims of conflict and landmines in Nicaragua, Honduras, Peru, Colombia, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Jordan.
Dean Cycon, owner of Deans Beans, and Michael Lundquist, Executive Director of the Polus Center, had worked together for many years on grassroots projects to promote social and economic justice for some of the world’s most vulnerable groups. In 2005, Dean’s knowledge and experience with coffee farmers and Michael’s work with landmine victims allowed them to make the connection between landmines and coffee. After careful review of the data they determined that landmines and UXOs were present in six of the ten top coffee producing countries in the world and that these deadly devices not only kill and maim coffee farmers and their families, but have a significant negative impact on coffee production and the quality of coffee.The Coffee lands Trust was created then as a fund to provide direct support for coffee farmers and their families who have been injured by landmines in conflict regions around the world.
The mission of the Polus Center is to provide opportunities for persons with disabilities and members of other vulnerable groups to be valued citizens within their communities. The Coffeelands Trust is a project of the Polus Center that supports coffee farmers and their familieswho have been impacted by landmines and conflict.
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