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!
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 Donated £30
Hope it is as beautiful as the picture, Gill. Bon voyage!
Peter and Gayle Rotgans Donated £46
A nice way to offer partial thanks for loving hospitality
Jan Ward Donated £25 + £6.25 Gift Aid
Good luck Gill!!
Sylvia Little Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid
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 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 Donated £20 + £5 Gift Aid
Can't wait to hear all about it See you soon Tina
George Goble Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid
Good Luck! - Liz & George XX
Eileen Williams Donated £50
Looking forward to hearing all about you tea picking and adventures over a nice cup of tea!
Sandra J Donated £20 + £5 Gift Aid
Well done Gill & hope this will help!
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 Donated £20 + £5 Gift Aid
Maria Wood Donated £50 + £12.50 Gift Aid
Sounds like a really worthwhile project. Hope it all goes well. Maria x
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 Donated £30
Cornelia Tierney Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid
What an adventure....look forward to hearing all about it!!
Ghislaine Fleming Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid
Judy Delap Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid
Good luck Gill! I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time.
Paul Ross Donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid
Sounds like a great trip. Hope it goes well. Paul and Dawn
Anonymous User Donated £20
Beverley Morris Donated £50 + £12.50 Gift Aid
You're making a real difference to real people by being in the real situation with them. All my best wishes and admiration.xxx
Jenny Ross Donated £20 + £5 Gift Aid
I feel I have donated time to the cause already!! Have a wonderful time xx
Debbie Willetts Donated £20 + £5 Gift Aid
Well done Gilly! xx