Thursday, 12 January 2017

Fighting Poverty: Sri Lanka's Tea Estate Workers Demand Pay Increase.


'My people should not die in enslavement or poverty'.
The TEA Project will take our 'SAFE Children Training' high into the Sri Lankan TEA plantations later this month. SAFE trains professionals & parents on how to recognise, deal and effectively prevent physical & mental abuse in children. This essential training is only possible because of public support to our SAFE-TEA FIRST Appeal.

The TEA Project is in the process of building strong partnerships that will extend our reach into this poverty stricken area in 2017 where the average wage for a plantation worker is a mere 620 rupees (£3.39/$4.14) for a relentless day of grueling, dangerous toil. We plan to announce news soon that will open access to empowerment services for thousands more vulnerable children.
This recently released article explains the current situation of tea plantation children, their families & communities living through a forgotten plight.
""Malnutrition among children from estate worker families is high, says T. Devendran, principal of Kadawala Vigneshwara College in Ginigathhena, where Sathyawathy's children attend school.
"Most of the plantation workers' children don't get the proper nutritious food when they grow up," he says. "The malnourished child grows up to be a malnourished mother and father and this will lead to a generation of malnourished people."
Basic education is often out of reach for the students of tea estate workers, even when the schooling is offered for free and each child receives a set of school uniforms, he says. Other costs, such as additional uniforms, shoes, exam fees and more, must all be paid by the family.
"This affects the child's mentality and pushes them to a state where they isolate themselves from others,"

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