Apologies for the lack of recent contact from us.
Our commitments to training, workshops, programmes and projects means we are working 7 days a week to provide the best possible outcomes we can for the young people we work with. We've never been so overworked and underpaid. It's great.
Work has been supported over the past 3 weeks by the visit of an excellent volunteer from the UK who has worked with us at all our Sri Lankan partners; the orphanage, children's centre and schools in Kandy and Kurunegala. Rebecca is a former pupil of Henry Richard School in Wales which we have now partnered with Royal International School (RIS) in Kurunegala. She brought with her information which was presented to the pupils of RIS; it was great for the students to hear Rebecca's firsthand experience of life and education in rural Wales. She will be returning to the UK this week with a partnership pack developed through a very successful workshop held with RIS pupils. This is our second 'School Partnership' project. Our hope is that it brings cultural awareness, shared learning and friendship to hundreds more UK and Sri Lankan children.
The TEA Project's new L.I.F.E (Leadership, Independence, Futures, Empowerment) Training @ RIS in rural Kurunegala has finished its first full programme. 25 pupils aged 12-14 years proved amazingly receptive and engaging to what is a unique and completely new learning style; an evaluation by the children was extremely positive and motivating. A second programme has recently begun with 14-16 year olds and we're looking forward to training and empowering more children over the coming months and creating 'Youth Leaders' who will continue to teach the principles of L.I.F.E Training to their peers.
'Cloud Steps' is nearing completion. This is an urban art project at a local partner school. We are applying a design to the entrance steps which will inspire the students & teaching staff and instil a sense of identity and pride to those connected with the school and the local community. Thanks to the small group of sponsors who's donations have helped make this project possible on such a small budget.
We are grateful that a recent bid for funding to Colombo International School (CIS) has been successful. Funds from the bid will contribute to a future urban art project and be spent to purchase essential teaching and workshop materials to use in our weekly workshops and training.
In July we will be announcing some very exciting news and developments for The TEA Project.
Our website is currently receiving a facelift from our kind contributors @ Radiant Point Technologies to relate TEA news more effectively to you and complement these positive developments. There are still a few technical changes taking place which will be added in the coming weeks but if you visit www.theteaproject.org.uk you will begin to get a feel of the new look. Try our new Instagram link https://instagram.com/the_teaproject and start following The TEA Projects journey @the_teaproject.
The positive daily impact of The TEA Project is continuing to grow and be felt by more and more vulnerable children and young people.
We're looking forward to speaking to you again soon about the latest work of The TEA Project.
In the meantime enjoy the summer rays.
''thank you for supporting us''.