Hello!

We all love a nice, warm cuppa, don't we? But how much do we really know about the lives of those who pick our tea?

Well, I am doing a sponsored tea pick to find out. I will pick tea alongside professional tea pickers for four hours... it is backbreaking labour in the sunshine and worse when it is rainy season. I will then weigh my tea and get told what salary I would have earned (less than a couple of quid) but my wages will be given to my tea picking mentor. I would love you support. So, here's some things that I didn't know until I signed up to volunteer:

I didn't know for example that 80% of students at the charity's Tea Leaf Vision School live off less than $1 a day, or that this area is a hotspot for suicide in a country that already has the 4th highest suicide rate in the world. Nor did I know that 83% of female tea pickers experience regular domestic violence and 80% of the men are alcoholics. This all creates a pretty hopeless picture... but...

Tea Leaf Trust work in the heart of the tea plantations in Sri Lanka, helping young people to gain the skills required to get employment away from the harsh reality of the tea estate industry. The school offers free, full-time diplomas for students between the ages of 18 and 24. In return, and as part of the programme, the students themselves teach Basic English to over 1,800 children a week for free!

Over 80% of graduates find employment or further education/training within a year and those working earn an average of 50% than their counterparts. On top of this, these students become ethical leaders in their communities, leading real change.

Please give what you can... even the cost of a cup of tea will help!
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  • Anonymous User Anonymous User Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid

    Discover a new appreciation of tea :-)

  • Tim Pare Tim Pare
    We would like to say a huge thank you, from the bottom of our hearts for all of your generosity and support. So.... THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!! Tim and Yasmene xx
  • Claire & Johnny Strange Claire & Johnny Strange Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid

    Keep going Miss Gill!!

  • Anonymous User Anonymous User Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid

    This is a lovely donation from Sue, book group.

  • Anonymous User Anonymous User Donated £15 + £3.75 Gift Aid

    Keep safe and look forward to your stories at the next book group... Liz x

  • Patricia Turrent Patricia Turrent Donated £30

    Hope it is as beautiful as the picture, Gill. Bon voyage!

  • Peter and Gayle Rotgans Peter and Gayle Rotgans Donated £46

    A nice way to offer partial thanks for loving hospitality

  • Jan Ward Jan Ward Donated £25 + £6.25 Gift Aid

    Good luck Gill!!

  • Sylvia Little Sylvia Little Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid

  •  Roger  May Roger May Donated £50 + £12.50 Gift Aid

    We have been there and seen what goes on. Well done for supporting these poor folk.

  • ARUN WATTS ARUN WATTS Donated £20 + £5 Gift Aid

    Looking forward to a debrief on your return...of course with a cuppa made from your very own hand-picked leaves.

  • Tina Benjamin Tina Benjamin Donated £20 + £5 Gift Aid

    Can't wait to hear all about it See you soon Tina

  • George Goble George Goble Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid

    Good Luck! - Liz & George XX

  • Eileen  Williams Eileen Williams Donated £50

    Looking forward to hearing all about you tea picking and adventures over a nice cup of tea!

  • Sandra  J Sandra J Donated £20 + £5 Gift Aid

    Well done Gill & hope this will help!

  • Jane Page Jane Page Donated £20 + £5 Gift Aid

    How intrepid. Make sure my Earl Grey keeps coming! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures.

  • Lesley Gallagher Lesley Gallagher Donated £20 + £5 Gift Aid

  • Maria Wood Maria Wood Donated £50 + £12.50 Gift Aid

    Sounds like a really worthwhile project. Hope it all goes well. Maria x

  • Tess Kennedy Tess Kennedy Donated £25 + £6.25 Gift Aid

    These were some alarming facts that I didn’t don’t know either Gill. It’s great that you are bringing awareness and donating your time. I’m not sure what to wish for you, that the sun is shining though the rain sounds worse. Good luck Tess x

  • Jill Elms Jill Elms Donated £30

  • Cornelia Tierney Cornelia Tierney Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid

    What an adventure....look forward to hearing all about it!!

  • Ghislaine Fleming Ghislaine Fleming Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid

    Go Gilly!!❤

  • Judy  Delap Judy Delap Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid

    Good luck Gill! I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time.

  • Paul Ross Paul Ross Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid

    Sounds like a great trip. Hope it goes well. Paul and Dawn