Lifting Sri Lankan Tea Estate Communities Out of Extreme Poverty

We run educational programmes for children and young people in Sri Lankan tea estates, lifting them and their families out of poverty through employment, further education and training.

We have been nominated for the 2022 Charity Awards! Click here to view the press release...

Lifting Sri Lankan Tea Estate
Communities Out of Extreme Poverty

We run educational programmes for children & young people in Sri Lankan tea estates, lifting them and their families out of poverty through employment, further education & training

We have been nominated for the 2022 Charity Awards! Click here to view the press release...

14 Years of impact

39,182

Children & young people educated

80%

Sri Lankan youth progress to employment or further education

349,397

Members of tea estate community supported by youth alumni

100%

Sri Lankan led - Supported by global board of experts

PARTNERS THAT HAVE SUPPORTED OUR IMPACT:

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Over 80% of our Students live off less than $1 a Day

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GRADUATE STORY

FROM STUDENT TO POLICE OFFICER

Rajkumar Balakrishnan thought it was impossible for young people in the tea estates to learn English, let alone pursue his dream job.

Rajkumar is now a Sub-Inspector in the Police Recruitment Division at the Police Head Office in Colombo. He has been serving as a Police Officer and living his dream job for six-years.

“Tea Leaf Vision taught me that ‘everything is possible if you believe in yourself. It changed my life!”

RAJKUMAR’S STORY

GRADUATE STORY

FROM STUDENT TO POLICE OFFICER

Rajkumar Balakrishnan thought it was impossible for young people in the tea estates to learn English, let alone pursue his dream job.

Rajkumar is now a Sub-Inspector in the Police Recruitment Division at the Police Head Office in Colombo. He has been serving as a Police Officer and living his dream job for six-years

“Tea Leaf Vision taught me that ‘everything is possible if you believe in yourself. It changed my life!”

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GRADUATE STORY

From “Shy Girl” to Leader in Drug Prevention

Nidarshana Selladurai grew up alongside many girls in the tea estates who thought girls were not suitable to achieve their goals.

Nidarshana now works in the management team of the internationally recognised, Alcohol and Drug Information Center (ADIC) Sri Lanka.

“I have proven my talents in national and international forums, recognized as a national level resource person in the drug prevention field.”

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GRADUATE STORY

From “Shy Girl” to Leader in Drug Prevention

Nidarshana Selladurai grew up alongside many girls in the tea estates who thought girls were not suitable to achieve their goals.

Nidarshana now works in the management team of the internationally recognised, Alcohol and Drug Information Center (ADIC) Sri Lanka.

“I have proven my talents in national and international forums, recognized as a national level resource person in the drug prevention field.”

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Sri Lanka has the highest rate
of suicide in South Asia

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We are Tea Leaf Trust

We exist to lift Sri Lankan Tea Estate communities out of extreme poverty. We created Tea Leaf Trust for the Indian Tamils of the tea estates who are deliberately kept as an uneducated and dependent workforce. 83% of tea estate women suffer domestic violence, 85% of male tea estate workers are alcoholics and youth suicide rates are disproportionately high.

Tea Leaf Trust is a Sri Lankan-led charity that runs free, high-quality education programmes for professional, personal and leadership development. All so that our youth alumni can lift their families out of extreme poverty and lead change from within the tea estates.

“We are passionate about building a Sri Lanka where all youth have a fair start and tea estate communities live above the poverty line with dignity.”

- Founder Tim Pare

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We are Tea Leaf Trust

We exist to lift Sri Lankan Tea Estate communities out of extreme poverty. We created Tea Leaf Trust for the Indian Tamils of the tea estates who are deliberately kept as an uneducated and dependent workforce. 83% of tea estate women suffer domestic violence, 85% of male tea estate workers are alcoholics and youth suicide rates are disproportionately high.

Tea Leaf Trust is a Sri Lankan-led charity that runs free, high-quality education programmes for professional, personal and leadership development. All so that our youth alumni can lift their families out of extreme poverty and lead change from within the tea estates.

“We are passionate about building a Sri Lanka where all youth have a fair start and tea estate communities live above the poverty line with dignity.”

- Founder Tim Pare

OUR STORY

Tea Leaf Trust was founded by Yasmene Shah and Tim Pare, who travelled to the Sri Lankan tea estates in 2007 whilst on their honeymoon. Their romanticised picture of the tea estates was turned upside down when they witnessed the tragic conditions that Indian Tamil women work in, the poverty of their community and the hardship of their history. Yas and Tim decided to move their lives to Sri Lanka and do something about it.

14 years later Tea Leaf Trust has helped 39,182 youth through education with over 80% of young people progressing into employment, further education and training. Along the way, these young people have, in turn, supported 349,397 members of their communities.

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OUR STORY

Tea Leaf Trust was founded by Yasmene Shah and Tim Pare, who travelled to the Sri Lankan tea estates in 2007 whilst on their honeymoon. Their romanticised picture of the tea estates was turned upside down when they witnessed the tragic conditions that Indian Tamil women work in, the poverty of their community and the hardship of their history. Yas and Tim decided to move their lives to Sri Lanka and do something about it.

14 years later Tea Leaf Trust has helped 39,182 youth through education with over 80% of young people progressing into employment, further education and training. Along the way, these young people have, in turn, supported 349,397 members of their communities.

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THE IMPACT OF YOUR DONATION

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1. Donations

Good people donate $ and £ to Tea Leaf Trust.

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2. Education

Our staff team, all from tea estate areas and our graduates, run our educational programmes for children and young people.

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3. Youth Become Leaders

Young people succeed in employment out of the tea estates and lift their families out of extreme poverty.

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4. Evaluate & Improve

We monitor, evaluate, learn and improve our programmes.

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Make a difference

Help Sri Lankan children & youth become the leaders the tea estates need.

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Make a difference

Help Sri Lankan children & youth become the leaders the tea estates need

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