Tuesday, 27 June 2017

TEA in the UK!

The TEA Project is in the UK this summer.
Racheal & Carl are back in the UK during July & August looking for supporters to hold events, big or small, to help raise essential funds for our projects with vulnerable children in Sri Lanka.
The TEA Project runs solely via public support. That's you!
We provide a free national service that supports thousands of children, professionals and children's services. From conflict effected areas in the North, to poor tea plantation communities in the Central Province, government schools and orphanages across the island.
Our current annual budget is 13K. 'We are a small charity doing some BIG things!'
In 2018 we will be extending our reach to even more children. We have plans to build a permanent national 'TEA Training Centre' and recruit more young project workers.
Michaela from Clitheroe is running the Chester Marathon for TEA, Sonali from London is competing in the Hamburg Iron Man. There will be a gig in Frome, a PoP-Up-Stall at a Surrey School.......
Could you raise support by holding a TEA morning with friends? Have you any unwanted material items you could donate? Could you donate your professional experience?
Here is a link to some fun fundraiser ideas to get you started! http://www.theteaproject.co.uk/do…/a-z_fundraising_ideas.pdf
Contact Carl directly by email and he will send you a sponsorship form or can provide any more information you may need. carl.gale@theteaproject.org
OR if you would like to make a donation then please visit our website where you will find simple links to make a gift of support. http://www.theteaproject.co.uk/donate.html
There are so many ways you can help and we promise to feed back to you and show your valuable donation in action.
So make this summer an 'empowering' one! Only you make The TEA Project Possible. Thank you.
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Pen-Ship Pals!

TEA's Project Worker Sachini accompanied our student interns to deliver a workshop to one of our school 'Pen-ship Pal' partners.
'Students engaged on such a real pen pal programme for the first time. They were very impressed with the letters and images in Scotland. We saw their surprise when they see images of the school.Their surprise sound is "sssssssssssssss" - Sachini.
TEA's school partnership programme links UK and Sri Lankan children.
It is an exchange of cultural values; developing friendship between countries.
Students improve their English proficiency, understand the different contexts of education and recognise global dynamics.
Children were keen to read and discuss about cultural values and most importantly food! The workshop was accompanied by refreshments and activities in the evening.
Next week students in Sri Lanka will compile letters and images to send to their friends in Scotland.
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Safe House

This week we monitored a 2-month TEA project set on improving hygiene and cleanliness of girls living in a safe house for abused children.
The project introduced the Japanese '5S concept'; sort, set, shine, standardise & sustain.
Firstly training ran with matrons and staff. The girls then learnt how to make changes to their home and understand benefits/challenges.
The orphanage fully implemented the programme with huge support from managers, matrons and local leaders. A competition was developed with trophies and certificates awarded for 'best home' and 'best leader'.
Staff commented on how well the programme had been established. 'The programme motivated the girls and helped to give them discipline and personal ownership'.
In September we will complete a further inspection and provide another event to motivate and reward the hard work of children and staff at the refuge.
*Many of the children are pregnant or have babies following abuse in their communities. The refuge is a safe haven where both the children and their 'children' are cared for, supported, learn practical life skills and can begin rebuilding their lives; only leaving when they feel independently able.
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2nd Year Internships

Nishara is in her final year of Psychology studies at University and part of The TEA Project's VolunTEAr Internship Scheme for 2017.
Here you can see Nishara leading an after school workshop to students on 'Resilience'.
This is the 2nd year TEA have provided internship placements. Interns develop skills in planning and facilitating workshops as well as gaining essential work experience with children.
In return interns provide much needed support to our projects and for our partners.
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Look at The TEA Project's weekly English Phonics Class with our amazing VolunTEAr Lynn and the wonderful children from a local partner school in Kandy.
The school is in the very lowest category of support & services.
School is often no more than a safe child care option rather than a stimulating learning experience. Lynn's dynamic teaching style is gifting these young leaders towards a gateway of opportunity via education they would otherwise not receive.

3rd Birthday!

Three years ago The TEA Project landed in Sri Lanka with 6 months of funding and a lot of belief...
3 years on and the project is a registered charity which has helped thousands of the most vulnerable children living in poverty.
Thank you to everyone who has given their support over the years; financial, material, professional & emotional.
We plan to build on those achievements and extend the reach of the project even further; becoming a truly national charity. A charity of unity, acceptance, empowerment and change.
Thank you for taking us this far. Our hope is that you stay on the journey; because, only you make The TEA Project happen.
Happy Birthday everyone!
*If you would like to give a birthday present to The TEA Project then please visit the donation page of our website. It's easy: http://www.theteaproject.co.uk/donate.html. The project runs completely off public support; 100% of that support goes back into our projects with children. Make our birthday a happy one. Thank you.
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Art Therapy Awards

The TEA Project held an end of term award ceremony for students from our after school art therapy workshops in Kandy; marking the start of Ramadan in the Muslim calender.
Children have been accruing points for displays of positive behaviour during our weekly workshops and awards were handed out to the best in class.
We wish all children a peaceful and safe Ramadan; one of understanding, tolerance and love.