Monday, 29 June 2020

Our Youth Board - Effecting Change

T.E.A are so proud of our Youth Board that was established two months after we became a registered INGO. Youth Board members advise The T.E.A. Project at a strategic level. Through actively listening to their views we will develop and run more effective services from our Centre for Children's Empowerment; opening soon.....
Power to young people - who we have so much to learn from.
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Wednesday, 17 June 2020

'Save Our CommuniTEA Van'

Calling Out an SOS!


SOS! BELIEVE IT or not...to buy a very basic, very used replacement for our little, broken down, 'zero frills', 1997, 650cc mini van, in Sri Lanka, is anywhere between £7-12,000 thousand pounds!!
....and it's the lowest priced model on the market. To buy a 'relatively good' used van will cost more than the price to build our entire Children's Empowerment Centre being built in Hanthanna......
More than £20,000 pounds.....

It's crazy, and it's heartbreaking. Our old van has provided aid through all weathers and environments. To thousands of vulnerable children and families. Without it, we are literally grounded.
If you have any good thoughts on how we can fix this serious problem please please get in contact; because we are out of ideas and money. A solution would mean the difference to so many children and communities.
We’ve had amazing news this week that the charity has been awarded our first partial grant that will allow The T.E.A. Project to consider opening our free Tiny T.E.A's Pre-School & free F.O.O.D (Fueling, Opportunities, Outcomes & Diet) programmes in September from our Centre.
We have been working incredibly hard to keep the charity on its feet throughout COVID. Providing food aid to plantation communities when they needed it the most.

The T.E.A. Project haven’t had 1 penny or rupee in government relief or funding. All of our fundraising activities and events have been cancelled. Our collection TEA-pots have been mostly removed from supermarkets and shops. We appreciate these are difficult times for lots of people and businesses, but we are still supporting so many people, if not more than ever....
We still pay rent for our office, pay for workshops & programme materials, salaries, we are still recruiting new local staff to the team and make weekly calls to the communiTEAs we support...
We receive a small amount from monthly donations and we are extremely grateful to those who support us in that way and have over the years; you know who you are. It has kept the project alive. But it's nowhere near enough to keep us going.
We are doing all we can to secure more funding but we really need your help to keep this brilliant charity running and empower more children out of poverty. Our small reserve pot is now running low....
Please, if you can support us in any way by providing a solution to our vehicle crisis or if you are in a position to, you can make a donation to:
Thankyou ❤️🙏

Sunday, 14 June 2020

CAN YOU PLEASE HELP T.E.A.?


The T.E.A. Project desperately needs a replacement minivan.
Our van has served us tirelessly for many years. Travelling all over Sri Lanka to enable the project to provide vital outreach programmes & support. Support that has reached thousands of children and countless schools & rural communities. Transporting our TEAm, volunTEArs & materials. Most recently making it possible to transport food aid to plantation communities during the Corona pandemic. It is an essential part of the projects ability to provide support.

The project has cared & repaired for our little van; time and again over the years. Sadly, last week the engine broke down again. This time it is beyond any reasonable financial repair and acceptable safety standards to continue providing that support.
DO YOU KNOW OF A RELIABLE VAN THAT THE TEA PROJECT CAN BUY OR RENT AT A LOW PRICE, OR EVEN BE DONATED!
We are a small grassroots charity, the global pandemic has hit us hard; like so many NGO's finances are stretched. If you have information that could help then please get in contact. You would be helping to provide invaluable support to thousands of vulnerable children.
Please email carl.gale@theteaproject.org
These are unique and difficult times but united in partnership we will overcome.

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Congratulations Tharindu!

The T.E.A. Project would like to congratulate Tharindu Kasunpriya on his promotion to Project Manager.
Tharindu is a qualified Social Worker who started working with The T.E.A. Project as a Programme Co-Ordinator following his graduation from university.
The T.E.A. Project is dedicated to supporting the development of our TEAm & building a dynamic TEAm structure that has the representation & ideas of young Sri Lankans at its heart. Tharindu will play an integral role at the project's Centre for Children's Empowerment that is being developed in Hanthana.

'My dream is to actively protect and empower all people, regardless of their race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, religious preference, gender identification, age, mental or physical abilities, or spiritual affiliations' - Tharindu.

Monday, 27 April 2020

Patron Recognised Woman of the Year

Congratulations to The T.E.A. Project's inspirational Patron. Just recognition 👏👏👏
A true aspirational role model to the young woman of Sri Lanka🙏

The T.E.A. Project Continues Corona Aid Relief

Another drop of food aid was enabled through the generosity of public & private sector donations to The T.E.A. Projects crisis appeal.
A weeks supply of dry rations was provided to a 3rd communiTEA supported by Training, Empowerment & Awareness; an additional 60 families. Particular thanks to local project partner Rainbow Tours & international supporters Heart of Living Yoga🙏
We were also supported by our amazing local volunTEArs; risking their own well being to provide vital transport assistance and strength to the food chain🙏

Absolute loss of income & uncertainty continues to be the reality for our communities. Like thousands of grass root NGO's the future is also uncertain but with continued public & private sector support we can maintain supply of our essential services.
With your support we can continue to fight for these communities, communities who have served us tirelessly, and help to break the perpetual generational cycle of poverty.
So...
'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country' - JFK
In these times of suffering what was your response?
If you can spare a few rupees, a couple of pounds or a fist full of dollars then we need it here and we need it now; not tomorrow.
Small grassroots charities and NGO's are literally fighting for survival; if we disappear so does the support you see on the ground today.
We guarantee every gift donated will be turned into support.
To make a donation that we will use to buy essential items such as rice, dahl, flour, sugar, tea etc please make a donation to our Sri Lankan Charity Bank Account:
The TEA Project
Commercial bank (Kandy)
8006349055
Or donate securely internationally via our website:
Thank you for supporting our communities at this time 🙏🏾
These are unique and difficult times but united we can overcome.
Support @ theteaproject.org

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Take the TEA Challenge!


The T.E.A. Project needs your help
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on Charities with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income through fundraising events.
The ASICS London 10K should have taken place in July, one of our biggest one-day fundraising events….
Like many charities we have had to reduce or stop services at a time when vulnerable members of society need us the most.
You can help.
How can I get involved?
The TEA Challenge can be any activity you like – from running around your garden to holding an online workout with your friends.
Whatever your age or ability, you can take part. We’re looking for Home Heroes!
Anyone can take on the challenge
All you need to do is dream up an activity that suits your skills and complete it. Film your event or take photographs and send them to The T.E.A. Project. We will share them so everyone can see your challenge…
This could be something as simple as pledging to run or ride as your daily exercise, holding the plank or gardening. Do press-ups, get pals together for an online workout, complete keepie-uppies or headers, run laps of the garden on foot, scooter or roller skates….
Hula hoop, trampoline, dance in your living room, sofa-triceps dips, pilates or yoga. It can be anything!
Choose your Challenge, head to Givey.com & create your fundraiser. Then share your challenge with friends and family online…
Or head to theteaproject.org website to donate directly via Givey.com and Paypal
Thank you for helping to save The T.E.A. Project by taking the challenge.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Empowerment Centre Development

The T.E.A. Project's new Empowerment Centre continues to rise from the ashes against all odds. We are fortunate the construction TEAm have been able to remain onsite; staying in our volunTEAr centre. This is a shot of the site from this morning. A brief lifting of the curfew enabled a very brief site visit. We could not be more grateful; away from their families & friends at this difficult time. It's a huge sacrifice and the value incalculable. We are hoping building work stays on track and The Centre can provide hope of times to come to our local communities; of a better life when this battle has been won.
Support @ theteaproject.org