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Pictured above: Roya, or coffee leaf rust, on the leaf of a coffee plant in Guatemala.

During a trip to origin this past February, we witnessed the devastating Roya disease affecting the coffee crops in Central America, including Guatemala.  Roya, or coffee leaf rust, is a parasitic fungus that deprives the coffee plant of nutrients which results in the plant losing its' leaves.   Without foliage the plant is unable to breathe, ceasing to produce fruit and eventually dies. 1

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Pictured above: Alison Kelly (left) in the classroom

Imagine lining up 100 school aged children, and out of those 100 you can only pick 5 to go on to high school.  This may seem like an absurd concept to you, but to children in Guatemala it is reality. The national average for a Guatemalan child attending school is 3 years.   For most families in Guatemala education is a luxury.

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