Vanakum, Ayubowan and Hello!
I hope you are keeping well!
I’m getting in touch today with a little update on our ‘Protect mental health, keep our centres open’ fundraising campaign.
Improving mental health has always been at the core of our Tea Leaf educational centres. Sri Lanka has the highest suicide rate in South Asia and the young people from tea estate communities are one of the most at-risk groups in the country.
We started this campaign during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in August 2021, and we asked you to help us keep our centres open, because our project can help save lives. Since then a devastating economic crisis has increased financial hardship even further, and impacted the mental health of our students who were already struggling.
Thanks to your support so far this campaign has raised $51,211 USD, which has been fed back into our centres so we can continue to provide critical emotional and mental health resources and support for our students as they study their Diploma, and get employment ready.
Our Tea Leaf Trust co-founder Tim Pare just got back from Sri Lanka and wanted to share these updates with you:
An educated young person has an incredible ripple effect on the rest of the tea estate community! Graduates gain employment off the tea estates, double their income, help to lift their family out of financial hardship and start working towards becoming leaders in their communities to drive positive change. This is especially important now as Sri Lanka struggles with record high inflation and shortages of basic necessities.
Education gives the young people on the tea estates hope - we are so grateful for your support!
With very best wishes,
Anusha on behalf of Tea Leaf Trust
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