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Perhaps you have noticed the Terry Bear Cookie popping up around the café & the website!

This cute bear is the face of a Kenya project that is close to our hearts, especially to Lucinda, who was born and brought up in Kenya.  


The TERRY BEAR TOTO PROJECT was started by Lucinda's mother Terry with the aim of raising money to help with children’s education. Terry started the project by knitting the Bears and now 8 years later, Lucinda has come up with her own unique way of helping.


Cocolicious are proud to donate 50 pence from the sale of each Terry Bear Cookie sold in the café to the Terry Bear Toto Project.  If you wish to learn more, please read on….


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Our Terry-bear coffee

50 pence from the sale of each Terry Bear Cookie sold in the café to the Terry Bear Toto Project

Terry says “It’s been a remarkable journey with triumphs & adversity for the Terry Bear Toto project over the past 8 years, however, we have helped to make a difference to some Mama’s & their children.


What started out as a simple project, feeding orphaned children, purchasing the food through the sale of the Bears, grew into something much bigger. With the help of donors and a philanthropic organization the Terry Hope Centre was built, the children could come and play, do their homework, have a good meal and spend time in a safe and clean environment. Until 2 years ago the Centre fed 75 children daily and assisted others with funds for school fees. Then disaster struck -  whilst Terry was away,the Centre was bulldozed to the ground because the land they had been loaned was sold for commercial development, leaving Terry, the children and the project devastated…..


“Now sadly it is  just me", said Terry, "we are struggling on in a very much smaller capacity but we certainly haven’t given up hope or helping. Thanks to the sponsorship by friends, together with the small income earned from knitting  and making stuffed animals, 11 of the children are able to go to school or are now doing diploma courses.  They are receiving a good education and are safe & well cared for  In addition to the school fees, their uniforms & books are paid for to the end of secondary school. These children now have a better chance to get out of the slum and make a life”.


In addition Terry has taught 8 women to knit and sew. This has proved to be a vital skill for the abandoned ladies with no income and a family to feed, left alone either by desertion or widowed by AIDS. Terry says “These women can now knit and sew and are able to earn enough income to pay their rent and buy food. My aim is to raise enough money to build a small workshop in the slum (possibly in a school compound) where these ladies can come to sew daily and safely store the machines and materials. At the moment everything is kept in one tiny tiny room in the Kibera Slum, where they also have to sleep. They, in turn, will teach some of the teenage girls from the school to knit and sew so they too can be self-sufficient when they leave school.  However, we have a long way to go before we can accumulate sufficient funds to build. With youth unemployment in Kenya at between 65% to 80%, with girls having very little hope of getting work, skills are sometimes better than trying to get into University. As for the boys, I try to find them holiday jobslearning mechanics, carpentry, plumbing etc. Once they have finished secondary school, a technical course of two years would be the answer. There is no unemployment benefit, nor subsidies of any kind.  Primary school is “supposed” to be free, after which there is nothing. This project is not an NGO nor a registered charity, Foundation or Trust. It is just a drop in the ocean of the world’s needs for the helpless. All money raised goes directly to the Mamas and the children, there are no administration costs, charges or anything deducted. I try to help them so they can eventually help themselves and others”.

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If you would like more information about the project or would be interested in any donation, no matter how big or small, then please email here.