Sunday, 31 July 2016

International Charity Day



To celebrate International Charity Day The TEA Project has been granted permission to climb Sri Lanka's highest peak, Mount Pedro, on Saturday 3rd September 2016 to raise essential funding for projects in Sri Lanka with vulnerable children.
If you would like to join us, take on a challenge and get sponsored then contact carl.gale@theteaproject.org to register your interest for this unique event. Or maybe you want to support us by sponsoring someone attending the event. The whole trip will start & finish in Kandy and take one day. All comers welcome, young & old, as long as you are relatively fit, willing & able. You must be able to provide your own transport to Nuwara Eliya by train, bus or car on the day.
Follow the link to see more details, to make donations and raise sponsorship. Thank you.
https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/pedro



Thursday, 21 July 2016

The TEA Project is gearing up for a busy August & September with training programmes taking place in different regions throughout Sri Lanka.
We are heading to Kuliyapitiya on the West coast to provide training to teachers on how to use English language resources donated by the British Council.
There will be a 4-day programme in the North on Mannar Island; a very poor and remote region that was badly affected by the civil war resulting sadly in many single parent families and orphaned children.
We will run leadership training with children from a large partner orphanage who care for 75 girls. In addition we will run a series of therapeutic arts and capacity building workshops with the girls.
In September we have a leadership programme planned with children from a school in the East (Ampara); on an average school day 40% of children from this local school are absent and during harvesting times children attend school even less to stay at home and work in the fields. A 2-day leadership programme will also be held with 33 prefects in August. A professional teacher & trainer from our Volunteer Network and the TEA's Project Worker will travel to facilitate the programme. Parents of children typically work in low paid farming communities where abuse, neglect and social problems such as alcoholism and violence are common.
All our travels are by local bus. To Ampara it will take approximately 6-hours and Mannar Island approximately 8 hours by bus, train and tuk tuk. TEA workers and volunteers are accommodated in local guest houses to support the community and meals and refreshments for children and adults who participate in our programmes (approximately 150) are provided by TEA. We will be taking donations of sanitary towels for the orphans and school bags, school resources and anything we can fit into our back packs.
Producing all our training materials is costly, printing, translating documents into Tamil and Sinhala - all TEA programmes are interactive, participatory and promote safe and fun learning so we always have a massive supply of training materials and creative resources.
If you would like to help The TEA Project empower vulnerable children and train teachers to support children with learning difficulties then please donate via our website. Your support will contribute to their essential training costs. Thank you


Thursday, 14 July 2016

Art Scapes

The TEA Project supports a very neglected government school in the Central Province with weekly art workshops. The classes serve firstly as a therapeutic tool where children can escape the realities & confines of their day to day life; it's also where children learn about the bigger world & possibilities that exist beyond their window. They are supported and encouraged to explore their imaginations, to think 'outside of the box', see the world differently, question, engage & challenge. Here are some images from recent workshops where children learned the value of discarded junk; creating something beautiful from thrown away items, to challenge perceptions of what is art, what is beautiful or creative and to animate portraits.
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School Clothes Donation

Here is TEA's resourceful local Project Worker, Sachini, presenting three bags of quality children's clothes to the Principle of a local government school that the project supports. The items were donated by guests & staff from Backpack Lanka Hostel in Kandy and included trainers and school shoes. Thank you to Johan & everybody who donated items to The TEA Project.
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Monday, 4 July 2016

After School Club

The TEA Project has started running a weekly 'After School Club' with primary & secondary school students of an extremely under funded government school in the Central Province. Our local Project Worker facilitates classes for vulnerable children from the primary section; emphasising on art therapy. The secondary students will be concentrating on developing confidence & leadership skills. The classes also provide a golden opportunity to keep the children safe from harm and 'off the streets'; away from the negative influences and abusive situations which they are regularly exposed to at the end of the school day and an escape from domestic child labour.







Saturday, 2 July 2016

Pop-Up 4 TEA!

Great Britain!
Thank you to Sayes Court School in the UK.
The School held a PoP-Up-Stall @ their recent summer fete with handmade Sri Lankan items sent over by The TEA Project.
Sayes Court participate in a regular exchange with a partner school in Kandy supported by the project.
The team battled monsoon rains to raise a fantastic total of £123.70 on the day.
Thank you to Amy, 'Miss English' & the team for all your efforts and to everyone who bought items.
Amy, a full time mum & regular VolunTEAr, together with 'Miss English', will be presenting an assembly to students & staff in the coming weeks to update everyone about the school partnership. It is support like this which is vital to the success of the project's work with vulnerable children living in poverty.
If you are interested in volunTEAring for The TEA Project or holding your own fundraiser event then please get in contact at info@theteaproject.org




'TEA Heads East!'

The TEA Project traveled cross country on Friday to visit our new partner school in Amapara on Sri Lanka's East coast. After a 6 hour journey by local bus we were warmly greeted by children & staff.
Our first objective is to supply an internet service to the school so they can make use of computers. Hopefully this will partly provide as a stimulus & incentive for pupils to attend more regularly. As with most schools we support absenteeism is a huge problem. Around 40% of students are absent daily, kept at home by their families to assist in domestic or farming labour. We will be returning with a professional volunteer to deliver our leadership L.I.F.E training to students, staff & hopefully willing parents in Sinhala later in the year.

The TEA Project now supports 5 government schools & 3 girl's homes in Sri Lanka reaching island wide from the East, Central, West & Northern provinces as well as a rural International school; we also assist a dynamic community school and orphanage in India.
If you would like to support The TEA Project and help us to empower vulnerable children then please visit theteaproject.org to find out more & find us on Facebook - The TEA Project or @theteap
The TEA Project is only made possible by you.