It ain't no tea party for the tea pickers and their families

Only around 28% of tea picking families live in single family houses; over 70% lives in old barrack type lines rooms erected about 160 years ago, which are severely dilapidated. These single rooms are smoky, damp, dark with leaky tin roofs. Many have no windows or are poorly ventilated. When you have 6-8 people living in a 10ft by 12ft room, this situation becomes even more depressing. This leads to all sorts of diseases and ill-health.

Malnutrition is widespread, anaemia is common amongst women in particular and the plantation districts have the highest mortality rates in the country for all age levels.

Alcoholism is a widespread problem on the tea estates as well as high rates of domestic and sexual abuse and, most disturbingly, the suicide rate amongst women in the region is the highest in South East Asia.

Basic education for plantation children also lags behind the rest of the country. Literacy rates and educational attainment have been lagging behind those of the rest of the population, although the gap has been narrowing over the last two decades.

Behind your cup of tea lurks a life of misery, back breaking poverty, with no other prospects of this community but to carry on with the work they were brought to do by the British nearly 160 years ago.

To read more about it have a look at our 'why we do it' under the issues drop down, or you can just click here.

Tea Leaf Trust was created to give the children of this community a way out; to create opportunities to work away from the tea fields so that both them and their families can look forward to a brighter future.

It's been a huge journey for us so far and we have loved every minute. We'd love you to come along with us - what do you say?

Go on, stick the kettle on and let's see if we can persuade you...