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Jenny & Frankie's Sri Lankan Education Project

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Jenny & Frankie's Sri Lankan Education Project

Hello everybody!

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

For three weeks in the month of February we will be volunteering at Tea Leaf Vision School with young people who have been born and raised on the tea plantation.

While at the school, we will be doing a sponsored tea pick. We will pick tea alongside professional tea pickers for four hours. It is backbreaking labour in the sunshine and worse when it is rainy season. We will then weigh our tea and get told what salary we would have earned (less than a couple of quid) but our wages will be given to our tea picking mentor. We would love your support. Here are some things that we didn't know until we signed up to volunteer:

We 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 we know that 83% of female tea pickers experience regular domestic violence and 80% of the men are alcoholics. This may seem like a bleak 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% more 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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Hola a todo el mundo.

A todos nos gusta una taza de té, ¿verdad? Pero, ¿cuánto sabemos realmente sobre las vidas de quienes recogen nuestro té?

En el mes de febrero durante tres semanas asistiremos como voluntarios en la ONG "Tea Leaf Vision School" con jóvenes que han nacido y criado en la plantación de té.

Tea Leaf Trust trabaja en el corazón de las plantaciones de té en Sri Lanka, ayudando a los jóvenes a adquirir las habilidades necesarias para superar sus dificultades. Dificultades como vivir con menos de 1 dólar al día, o que esta zona es un punto de suicidio en un país que ya tiene la cuarta tasa más alta de suicidios en el mundo, que el 83% de las recolectoras de té experimentan violencia doméstica regular y el 80% de los hombres son alcohólicos.

La escuela ofrece diplomas gratuitos a tiempo completo para estudiantes entre las edades de 18 y 24 años. A cambio, y como parte del programa, los estudiantes mismos enseñan inglés básico a más de 1,800 niños por semana de forma gratuita.

Más del 80% de los graduados encuentran empleo o educación dentro de un año y los que trabajan ganan un promedio de 50% más que sus homólogos. Además de esto, estos estudiantes se convierten en líderes éticos en sus comunidades, lo que genera un cambio real.

Por favor, da lo que puedas, ¡incluso el costo de una taza de té ayudará!
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  • Galo Landingling Galo Landingling Donated £60

    Go n eiri an bother linn

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 🎸👏🌞🍺🌏

    Go raibh maith agaibh!

    I seen boxey woxey there dudder day bah!


  • Liam Branigan Liam Branigan Donated £30

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 🀄💡🍺🍎🌏

    Thanks a million Liam, your generous donation is very much appreciated.

    See you in Beijing so!

    Frankie and Jenny.
  • Carme Puig Carme Puig Donated £20

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    Moltes gracies volguda Carme!

    Amb amor sempre,

    Frankie i Jenny.
  • Luis Nácher Luis Nácher Donated £60

    Mucha suerte con el proyecto!!

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: ######

    Familia Nácher Cholbi!

    Tal como sois, amables, generosos con todos vuestros recursos y fieles desde siempre.

    Mil gracias por todo el apoyo!

    Mucho amor a los cinco componentes, L, S, A, G y M.

    Frankie y Jenny.
  • Sonia y Sergio Arreu Sonia y Sergio Arreu Donated £60

    Querido Frankie, gracias por todo lo que nos has dado durante estos años: nuevos y grandes amigos, tardes de domingo inolvidables y muchos otros buenos momentos made in infinito... Mucha suerte! Feliz Navidad! Besos y abrazos!

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: * * * * *

    Sonia y Sergio que gente más espléndida! (Incluyendo a Mar!)

    Mil gracias por su generosidad y cariño durante todo ese tiempo.

    Besos y abrazos.

    Frankie y Jenny
  • Jan & Fernando Taylor Jan & Fernando Taylor Donated £50

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 👌💖🐔🐴🌈🌞🍔

    Dearest Jan and Fernando, we overwhelmingly appreciative to receive your generous donation on behalf of the children, teachers and organisers of the Sri Lankan NGO project.

    May you both continue to grow and love as we parallel our paths in life.

    Love.

    Jenny and Frankie
  • Vania Wa A Vania Wa A Donated £30

    Suerte pareja!<br><br>Nos veremos en Auroville!<br><br>V

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: Majísima, mil gracias.

    Allí nos vayamos, allí nos veremos.

    Besos.

    Frankie y Jenny
  • Mike Bennett Mike Bennett Donated £25

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 🙌✌🐯🍺 ⚽

    Cheers Mike!

    We're very much appreciative of your generous donation, as are both the teachers and students of the Sri Lankan NGO.

    Big hugs.

    Mourinho to stay...


  • Pauline Larbaigt Pauline Larbaigt Donated £20

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 👍👏🐐🍫🎁

    Merci beaucoup, eskerrik asko!

    We truly appreciate your generous donation.

    Lots of love.

    Jenny and Frankie
  • Joan Domingo Joan Domingo Donated £50

    Gracias por una tarde maravillosa el domingo y muchísima suerte con vuestro proyecto!! Un abrazo a los dos!

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 👏🍷🍓🌞📚🃏

    Joan el francés! 😜

    Estamos tremendamente agradecidos!

    No solo eres un sol pero también un ejemplo de seguir.

    Mil besos a la familia Domingo Brown.

    Frankie y Jenny
  • Natxo Domingo y Mar Chardí Paranoid Tees forever Natxo Domingo y Mar Chardí Paranoid Tees forever Donated £40

    Queridos Frankie y Jenny.<br><br>Todo nuestro apoyo y amor.<br><br>Que os abren muchos nuevos caminos.<br><br>Mar y Natxo.

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 🍻📚🎎💬

    Quina bona gent!

    Us volem mogolló!

    Jenny y Frankie
  • Juan Carlos y Raquel Soriano y Briones Juan Carlos y Raquel Soriano y Briones Donated £40

    Suerte con el proyecto y que la ONG tenga mucha ayuda.<br><br>Abrazos.<br><br>Juan Carlos Soriano y Raquel V. Briones

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: Mil gracias queridos!

    Su apoyo cuenta mogollón.

    Que las paredes de la casa vienen bien adornadas.

    Besos.

    Frankie y Jenny.
  • Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh Donated £100

    Best of luck with the travels and volunteer work.<br><br>Ian O'Leary

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 👏👏💱🍁🍷🏆

    Mr. Ian O'Leary, on behalf of Jenny and myself we'd like to thank you for your generous donation.

    Thanks for the support.

    Cork for the Sam Maguire.
  • slogo (crodge) bunter. slogo (crodge) bunter. Donated £87

    researching food menus ! Found you guys! Nice! off on holidays ! Bring me back some tea !

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 👌🍀🍺🍴☕Ⓜ🅱

    Great stuff Bunter!

    We'll bring you some vegan recipes over in January.

    Jenny and myself are very appreciative of the generous donation.

    See you in mid January.

    Scratch and sniff.
  • Martin Dockerill Martin Dockerill Donated £100

    Glad to help a real worthwhile cause Bro. Hope you both have a great time, you're gonna be missed here though...

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 👏🎩🔮🎯🎵🍺

    Phenomenon! One way to describe you Martin.

    Endlessly grateful for this and all your many moments of support and generosity down through the years.

    Big hugs from Jenny and myself.

    Love to the light of your life, Luz.

  • Karine FitzGerald Hermanrud Karine FitzGerald Hermanrud Donated £15

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 💪💜🐞🍓🍁🌈

    Kari darling!

    Once again your benevolence shines through!

    Big hugs to Lolo.

    Love from Jenny and myself.
  • Jenn Byrne Jenn Byrne Donated £15

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 👍🍀🚀🎉🎤🍺

    The Byrne!

    Thanks a million!
    Very kind of you.

    Hugs to lil' Marta.

    See ya soon.
  • John Hescott John Hescott Donated £40 + £10 Gift Aid

    Sounds like a really good project and hope you have a great time out there Love Hazel and John Hescott

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 🌞♻💡🍟🏭🏁

    Dearest Hazel and John,
    many thanks for your generous donation and for thinking of us as we prepare to set out on this adventure.

    Lots of love.

    Jenny and Frankie.
  • Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh Donated £60 + £15 Gift Aid

    Jenny and Frankie.

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: ººººº


    Hello to one and all, there's still plenty of time to donate. Big hugs.

    Hola a tod@s. Aún queda tiempo de sobra para donar. Muchos besos.


    Jenny & Frankie.
  • Jackie whittaker Jackie whittaker Donated £60

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: *****


    Many thanks Jackie!

    Both Frankie and myself (and more importantly the children and families of the tea plantation in Sri Lanka) are hugely appreciative and grateful for your very generous donation.

    We hope that life is great in Nice.

    Big hugs

    Jenny

  • Cristina Ross Cristina Ross Donated £120

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 🐻🐨🍵☕🎓

    Cheers Bears!

    Thanks as ever for being the bear(er)s of good tidings!

    We love you.

    Jenny and Frankie.
  • Johnner T Johnner T Donated £20

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 🌸🌞📝🐯🍺

    Word up to the renowned Johnners!

    Much appreciated.

    Hope you are being as excellent as ever.

    Big hugs

  • Dave Orlando Dave Orlando Donated £10

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: 🌞🌍

    Cheers Davide!

    Your donation is much appreciated Dave.

    See you either way before the departure.

    Stay excellent!

    "Frank" and Jenny
  • Kage  Wallace Kage Wallace Donated £20

    go n-eiri an t-adh libh suerte chicos

    Francis Oliver Walsh Francis Oliver Walsh: ###

    K to the J.

    Go raibh míle maith agat buachaill alainn!

    Eres un sol, una estrella fugaz y resplendente!

    Jenny y Frankie.