2014: A Year in Review

3 kids2014 Was a Great Year!

This past year of activity for The Emiliani Project was an important year for our growth and our mission. Some highlights include the following: in February 2014 we launched our “Giselle” Coffee, named for Giselle Davia who was rescued from the streets of Medellin.  In March we were invited to speak on Immaculate Heart radio, and was featured in the Southern Cross newspaper. In April, we led our missionary trip to Medellin where volunteers from the US and Canada joined in our efforts to support the children.

In May we launched our “Gilberto” dark roast coffee, named for Gilberto Elias Graciano.  Special thanks to Parishes throughout Southern California that supported both the packing and the sale of our coffee. In August, three of the children from the Hogar travelled to the US with some volunteers from Colombia, and they experienced much of the fun and adventure which Southern California has to offer.  In September we continued to speak at parishes through the dioceses of San Diego, Orange and Baltimore, enabling us to spread awareness of our work and our message.  In October and November, The Emiliani Project participated in a number of neighborhood fairs and festivals, selling coffee and raising funds for the children.

Lastly in December, we led our second missionary trip of the year, and volunteers worked with us to help bring some Christmas cheer to the children.  Thank you to all our supporters, benefactors and volunteers, and we look forward to continuing to build on our success in 2015.

An Appeal for Volunteers!

As we start this new year, we are actively recruiting volunteers to help forward the work and mission of The Emiliani Project.  As you may know, The Emiliani Project is a 100% volunteer-based initiative, and one of the pillars of our organization is to offer people the opportunity to work with us, to directly benefit the children.

There are a number of different ways in which we need your help. First, we need your help to spread the word about our work, and the opportunities we are creating for children both in Colombia as well as here in the US.  We need volunteers to help staff our outreach events, where we meet the public, have the opportunity to tell our story, and sample and sell our coffee.  We need volunteers to help prepare and pack our coffee, as we source the beans from California, have them roasted locally, and pack them ourselves in our own Emiliani Project branded packaging.  We need volunteers to help work in Colombia along-side our volunteer staff.  We need volunteers to support us with various ad-hoc projects which come up from time to time.

As you can see – The Emiliani Project takes on much and has accomplished much, but we can’t do any of it without your help.  Please consider one of our key service areas, and please sign up at the Join Us page on our website to volunteer. Have questions Reach us at [email protected]. You will be richly blessed – and will be a blessing to others.

Christmas in Medellin

Mission Trip: Celebrating Christmas with the Kids

The Emiliani Project December Mission Trip was a success as ten volunteers traveled to Medellin with Emiliani Project staff to work with the children and help with the construction of the new home.   A major highlight of the trip was the Christmas party hosted by the Emiliani Project, during which each of the children received new shoes courtesy of the Emiliani Project and Shoes for Souls, as well as hand-made gifts which were made by supporters in the States and transported down by the Emiliani Project for the event.
Thanks to the volunteers and many of you, our supporters, the Christmas party was a success, and brought joy to the kids and those working with them.

We are grateful to all the volunteers who traveled to Colombia, as well as all our supporters back in the States who helped make the trip and out work possible.  We pray that God blesses your Christmas abundantly for the charity and generosity you have shown to the children and through your support for the Emiliani Project.We will be leading another Mission Trip in August 2015. If you are interested in finding out more information, please e-mail us at [email protected].

Charitable Giving to The Emiliani Project

As the end of the calendar and tax year approaches, we want to thank all those who have financially supported the Emiliani Project this year.  We are a 501(c)(3) registered charity that ensures every dollar donated is used to directly support the children.  Our work is carried out entirely by volunteers who have a heart for orphaned and abandoned children.

As December comes to a close, there is still time to make donations through our Donate Page, to receive a tax receipt for 2014.  If you are re-evaluating your charitable contributions in 2015, we hope that would would continue to support the Emiliani Project and the vital work we are doing on behalf of the children in Colombia and here in Southern California.

Coffee Available for Purchase Online

This Christmas season, we were proud to offer gift-packed coffee for purchase, and many of you our supporters gave coffee to friends, family and co-workers.  We want to make it easy for you and those you gave coffee to to re-order, as each bag sold directly benefits the kids.  If you gave coffee as a gift this Christmas season, or would like to continue to order, please visit our Online Store. All our coffee is grown in the region where we are doing our work in Colombia, and is sourced from small farms and plantations in a manner that benefits the farmers. Online orders are shipped out promptly: For more information please e-mail us at [email protected]

Monthly Prayer Intention

We are asking you our benefactors to pray for God’s blessings on our work in the New Year, and that He will continue to bless our work and help us raise awareness of the need for and the mission of the Emiliani Project.

Coffee Gifts and Shoes for Kids

Christmas Coffee Specials – Perfect Gifts for Friends or Coworkers

The Emiliani Project will be offering specially wrapped whole bean and ground coffee in our signature Ximena, Giselle and Gilberto variety roasts this Christmas. If you are looking for gifts for friends, family or coworkers, consider Emiliani Project as a gift, the proceeds of which will directly go to helping build the new home in Colombia.   Each gift pack is accompanied with a small card introducing the Emiliani Project, and how the gift of coffee truly is a gift of charity this holy season.  You can find The Emiliani Project booths at the following local fairs this holiday season, selling our coffee, gift baskets and giving away free samples of brewed coffee:

SoCal Etsy Guild Village – SeaPort Village San Diego – Dec 6

Santa’s Magical Village, San Marcos – Dec 6-7

For more information on these events and how you can get involved, contact us at [email protected].

The Emiliani Project & Shoes for Souls

As the work of the Emiliani Project has grown, and more people have become aware of our mission and work with the children of Colombia, we have been approached by various charities who work in the region seeking to serve the poor.  This month we want to feature Shoes for Souls.  Shoes for Souls began in Southern California as an appeal to purchase shoes for children in Colombia.

In 2013, Shoes for Souls raised enough money to purchase 3,000 pairs of shoes for needy children in Colombia. In 2014, Shoes for Souls partnered with The Emiliani Project and enough money was raised to purchase 4,000 pairs of shoes, and a portion of the shoes donation will be going to the children at the Hogar served by Emiliani Project.  As our December Mission Project kicks off next week, we will be distributing the shoes during the mission trip.  We are grateful to our friends at Shoes for Souls for their generosity and cooperative work in Colombia.

December Mission Trip

The Emiliani Project will be leaving on December 1st to accompany a group of volunteers who will be making the trip to Medellin, to work with our kids.  The mission trip will be from Dec 1-14, and a particular highlight will be the Christmas Party which the Emiliani Project will be hosting for the 100 kids.  For more information about our mission trips, and participating in one of our mission trips in 2015, please e-mail Chuck Navarrete at [email protected].

Help Kids Without Donating a Dollar!

iGive Donates a Percentage of your Online Purchases to The Emiliani Project

The Emiliani Project is registered with iGive.com to help us fund the construction of our new children’s home.  iGive links to your web browser and automatically contributes a percentage of your online purchases to The Emiliani Project.  You have to do very little, and it costs you NOTHING to participate.

Simply click on our Emiliani Project iGive Instructions and a PDF document will open with a step-by-step set of instructions to get you set up.  It only takes 2 minutes of your time!  After that, you do nothing!  You’ll be automatically helping The Emiliani Project with your normal online shopping.  It’s quick, easy, and it doesn’t cost you a thing!

Please find 2 minutes of your time to help our kids!

2014 Mission Cooperative Update

Volunteer!Mission Cooperative Complete

As many of you may know, The Emiliani Project was officially registered to participate in the 2014 Missionary Cooperative in both the Diocese of San Diego and the Diocese of Orange.  This year, our volunteers visited six parishes in three dioceses and spoke to thousands of faithful.  These speaking engagements were instrumental in raising awareness for the Emiliani Project, being able to spread the word about our mission, and most importantly, enabled us to personally meet many of you in your home parishes. These parishes and parishioners generously donated to the Emiliani Project, and many allowed us to sell our coffee after mass.  Thank you to all who donated through the mission cooperative!

We are expanding our efforts and making preparations now to reach even more parishes next year, in more parts of the country.  Please pray that we may receive invitations from other dioceses, so we can continue to get our message out to people like you.

December Mission Trip Update

In December the Emiliani Project will be leading a group of volunteers to travel to the children’s home in Colombia, as part of the pillar of our mission to help people engage in works of charity in the service of the poor.   If you are interested in travelling with us to Medellin, please ensure your name is added to the list of those interested in making the trip.  Additionally, we recently sent out helpful information packets for those interested, which answer many of the questions volunteers have when making such a trip.

This trip is expected to be offer rich memories and experiences, including a planned Christmas party for the children December 6th, and for those that will be in Medellin December 8th, you will be able to see the festival of lights which occurs in that city in honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Emiliani Project provides full orientation for the trip, and will have staff members present during the entire time you are there.  No skills are required and you don’t have to speak Spanish.  You will have the opportunity to work on the construction site, teach classes for the children, help the administrators with operations of the home, or simply spend time with these great kids.

For more information, contact Chuck Navarrete at: [email protected] or (760) 470-0425.

Holiday Gift Ideas / Fall Craft Fairs

As the holidays approach, the Emiliani Project will for the first time be offering a range of gift baskets featuring our Emiliani Project Coffees, the proceeds of which will go to helping build the new home in Colombia.  We will be sending out an appeal in the coming weeks for volunteers with craft-making skills to help us put together the baskets, and please keep us in mind as you consider gifts for friends, colleagues and loved ones.

You can find The Emiliani Project booths at the following local fairs this fall, selling our coffee, gift baskets and giving away free samples.  A list of more fairs will be posted to Facebook soon.

October 26: Dia De Los Muertos Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside

November 1st and 2nd:  Vista Annual Christmas Bazaar, St. Francis Parish

November 15: Nutcracker Market (San Diego Ballet), Liberty Station Point Loma

For more information contact us at [email protected].

Colombian Kids Visit the U.S.

IMG_8695Three of our Colombian Kids Visited us in August!

The Emiliani project hosted three girls, Camila Montoya (age 13), Sara Perez (age 11), Isabella Cardenas (age 12),  from the home in Colombia to San Diego from July 25 to August 7.  The trip included visits to the San Diego Zoo, an MLB baseball game, University of California San Diego, many days at the beach, and a day at Disneyland.  They were accompanied by several volunteers from the mission on Colombia and they experienced much of the fun and educational activities which Southern California had to offer.  They also had many opportunities to meet you, our supporters, as they toured various parishes in the area, which have supported the Emiliani Project.  Special thanks to all who donated in a special way to fund this trip, and their activities!  We have included some photos from their trip, below.

Seeking Volunteers for Our Next Mission Trip to Colombia

One of the core pillars of the mission of the Emiliani Project is to provide opportunities for people to travel to our mission abroad, and engage in works of charity in the service of the poor.  We continue to seek volunteers for our trip to Colombia, December 1st to 14th, 2014.  Please be sure to add your name to the list of those interested in making the trip. This experience will offer volunteers the ability to help with the construction of our new home as well as work directly with the kids we support.  Full orientation for the trip will be provided, and you will be accompanied by other like minded volunteers who have a heart for the Project.   No skills are required and you don’t have to speak Spanish.  You will have the opportunity to work on the construction site, teach classes for the children, help the administrators with operations of the home, or simply spend time with these great kids.

For more information, contact Chuck Navarrete at: [email protected] or (760) 470-0425.

Emiliani Coffee for Sale at Frazier Farms!

As part of our ongoing effort to increase awareness and raise money, Frasier Farms (www.frazierfarmsmarket.com) agreed to offer Emiliani Project coffee for sale.  Please consider stopping by Frasier Farms in both Oceanside and Vista, California to purchase a bag of coffee, and thank them for their support of Emiliani Project.  The coffee retails in the store for $13.39 for a 12oz bag.

We will be offering an expanded range of coffee gift packs this fall in anticipation of the holidays.  Stay tuned and we’ll provide the updates through our newsletter and on our website.

For more information contact us at [email protected].

Seeking Volunteers to come to Colombia!

DSC_0216We Need Volunteers Like You to come Help!

Have you ever had a desire to break free of the routine and get out and do some good in the world?  Here’s your chance!  The Emiliani Project has scheduled our next volunteer trip to Colombia for December.  Emiliani Project staff will be in Medellin December 1st to 14th, 2014.  Volunteers will be able to come anytime during the two week period for orientation, but can stay as long or short as they like.

December is a special time in Colombia.  The entire city of Medellin will be adorned in lights and we will be putting on a Christmas party for the kids!  Join us to make this a Christmas season the kids won’t ever forget.

The trip will offer volunteers the ability to help with the construction of our new home as well as work directly with the kids we support.  No skills are required and you don’t have to speak Spanish.  You will have the opportunity to work on the construction site, teach classes for the children, help the administrators with operations of the home, or simply spend time with these great kids.

For more information, contact Chuck Navarrete at: [email protected] or (760) 470-0425.

Buy Emiliani Project Coffee at the Grocery Store!

The Emiliani Project coffee is now available at two Frazier Farms Natural Grocery locations in Vista (225 Vista Village Drive) and Oceanside (1820 Oceanside Blvd), California.  Our Ximena, Giselle, and Gilberto roasts are all available in our new 12oz size – both ground and whole bean.  Swing by Frazier Farms and pick some up.  Or, make a request to your local grocery store to carry our coffee.  We are happy to come out and speak to store managers or owners about our great cause.

Look for us putting on coffee demonstrations at Frazier Farms to promote our coffee.  Our first demonstration will be July 23 at the Vista location.

Gilberto Dark Roast now Available Online

Our Gilberto dark roast is now available in our Online Store.  Our new roast features 10yr old Gilberto Elias Graciano.  Gilberto was abandoned by his father when he was born and later by his mother at the age of 7.  Two years ago his uncle brought Gilberto to live at the Hogar Bohio de Maria children’s home near Medellin, Colombia.  Gilberto is a great kid and this is a great coffee.

Help us Bring Colombian Kids to the U.S.!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESColombian Kids Visiting the United States

The Emiliani Project will be bringing three lucky kids from the home in Colombia to visit us here in Southern California July 22 – August 5.  From left to right in the picture, Camila Montoya (age 13), Sara Perez (age 11), Isabella Cardenas (age 12), and  were selected as a reward for excellent grades, citizenship and behavior.  For two weeks we will be showing them all the fun and educational experiences that Southern California has to offer!

We need your help on the trip.  100% of their travel costs will be funded through donation.  If you wish to support the trip, please visit our Donate Now page on our website, or send your check to The Emiliani Project, 9310 Tech Center Drive, Suite 240, Sacramento, CA 95826.  Remember to put “KIDS TO US” in the notes so we know your donation is specifically for this trip.  Accommodations for their stay will be generously provided by Saint Margaret Parish in Oceanside.  If you are in the area and wish to join us on our adventures with the kids, visit our Contact Us page or email us at [email protected].

It will be an experience of a lifetime for these kids!  Please help us to make it happen.

Seeking Volunteers for our next Mission Trip to Colombia

Our next volunteer trip to Colombia is scheduled for December 1st to 14th, 2014.  The trip will offer volunteers the ability to help with the construction of our new home as well as work directly with the kids we support.  No skills are required and you don’t have to speak Spanish.  You will have the opportunity to work on the construction site, teach classes for the children, help the administrators with operations of the home, or simply spend time with these great kids.

For more information, contact Chuck Navarrete at: [email protected] or (760) 470-0425.

Gilberto Dark Roast is Here!

Our next Gilberto dark roast will be available at the end of the month.  Our new roast features 10yr old Gilberto Elias Graciano.  Gilberto was abandoned by his father when he was born and later by his mother at the age of 7.  Two years ago his uncle brought Gilberto to live at the Hogar Bohio de Maria children’s home near Medellin, Colombia.  Gilberto is a great kid and this is a great coffee.

Join us at our Gilberto coffee bagging party on June 22, 2014 at the Saint Mary Star of the Sea Center at 515 Per View Way Oceanside, CA between 11am and 2pm.  We’re going to have a great time weighing, grinding and packaging coffee ready for sale!

For more information contact us at [email protected].

 

Volunteers are Coming to Colombia!

Volunteering in ColombiaThe Volunteers are on Their Way!

Starting April 5 volunteers from the U.S. and Canada will be arriving in Medellin, Colombia to volunteer with the kids and help with the construction of our new home.  It’s going to be an amazing experience for everyone.  Volunteers will be teaching classes at the local schools, helping the staff with the children at the home and coming out to our construction site in Caldas to roll up their sleeves and go to work.  We have organized a lot of great events for the kids using money that was graciously donated in support of this trip.  The volunteers will host a BBQ for all 170 children at the home, and we will be taking a group of the children to a futbol game at the local stadium!  It’s all thanks to generous donations.  We even have a group of older children who have volunteered to go with our group to Caldas to help out with the new home.  It’s going to be an incredible time for all!

But it’s not too late, if you want to join us anytime between April 5 – 27, contact our Director of Missions at [email protected].

We are already beginning to plan our next mission trip.  We anticipate it will be this summer.  Details will be coming in April/May.

A New Dark Roast Coffee is Coming!

Many of you have asked when we will have a darker roast available.  Well, it’s coming in May!  We have selected the new bean for our dark roast and we are in the process of selecting the child after whom our new dark roast will be named.  We are close.  His (hint) name, picture and story will appear on the new bag.  Stay tuned for the announcement in April.

Spreading the Word

The Emiliani Project is continuing to spread the message of our mission in Colombia.  We have recently spoken to a group of highschool kids at the Saint Joseph Academy and the North County African American Woman’s Association.  And, we’ve been invited to churches in Orange County, San Diego County, Baltimore and Houston this spring/summer.  We are hoping to fill our calendar with more so we can make our next volunteer group even bigger.

If you have an idea for an opportunity for The Emiliani Project to speak to a group, let us know.  We are always looking for more chances to increase awareness.

The Giselle Roast Gourmet Coffee is here!

100New Emiliani Project Coffee – Giselle Roast

The Emiliani Project’s new Giselle roast is now available in our online store.  This roast features an 8-year-old little girl named Giselle Davila (pictured left) who was rescued from the streets of Medellin, Colombia.  The bean for our Giselle roast comes from San Agustin, Huila, Colombia.  It is a full city plus roast for a darker, richer and more full-body flavor than our Ximena roast.

For those of you who love our Ximena roast, it will still be available for purchase.  As always, 100% of all profits from the sale of all of our coffee goes to help us build our new children’s home in Medellin, Colombia.  Check out our Online Store for Giselle availability, and watch us on Facebook for updates.

Don’t forget, you can volunteer to help us bag coffee and prepare it for sale on March 2 at the Saint Margaret Parish hall in Oceanside, CA.  1pm to 2pm.  Pop in anytime and bring the family!

Volunteers Coming to Colombia!

April 6th to 27th volunteers will be coming to Colombia to work with The Emiliani Project, our kids and the construction of our new home.  There is still time to sign up!  All you need is a passport and a willingness to get your hands dirty helping others.  For more information, contact our Director of Missions at [email protected].  It will be an experience of a lifetime!

On the Air Waves

The Emiliani Project has been busy on the Catholic media circuit.  We appeared on the Son Rise morning show and Setting Things Right on Immaculate Heart radio.  If you missed our broadcasts, you can find us in the audio archives for Son Rise and Setting Things Right.  Upcoming is an article written on The Emiliani Project in Southern Cross – the official newspaper of the Diocese of San Diego.  Watch for us in March.  Or visit Southern Cross.

Spreading the Word

The Emiliani Project has been visiting parishes in the Southern California region to drum up support for our upcoming volunteer trip and volunteer coffee packaging party on March 2.  A special thank you to Saint Margaret’s Parish, Saint Mary’s by the Sea in Oceanside, and the military chapels aboard Camp Pendleton.  The parishioners have welcomed us with open arms and embraced our mission.  Thank you so much!

If you have an idea for an opportunity for The Emiliani Project to speak to a group, let us know.  We are always looking for more chances to increase awareness.