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Featured Partner: Tea Leaf Trust

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Our partner, [url=https://www.givology.org/~tltrust/]Tea Leaf Trust[/url], is looking to expand its [url=https://www.givology.org/~ehpasgroup/]Emotional Health Project and Support Group[/url], which provides emotional support for 120 students. The project only needs $1,000 more to complete funding! Tea Leaf Trust is also looking to expand its [url=https://www.givology.org/~ceproject/]Community Education Project[/url], which provides an education to 930 students in multiple locations. In addition, it is also looking to fund a [url=https://www.givology.org/~beprogram/]Basic English Program[/url], which provides free English lessons to those with little knowledge of English.
[b] WHAT IS TEA LEAF TRUST ABOUT?[/b]
Tea Leaf Trust is a UK charity providing education in the tea fields of Sri Lanka. The Programme Director, Tim Pare, was inspired to create the charity after him and his wife stayed at a tea estate one night during their honeymoon. After seeing the horrific and oppressive conditions there, he was inspired to build a school to fight the oppression left in the area after the era of colonialism. The organization provides education and vocational training to the poorest communities of the country.
[b] WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT TEA LEAF TRUST?[/b]
Tea Leaf Trust helps its students, in the hopes of benefiting the entire area. It targets not only the educational problems in the area, but also the social ones, by providing an academic education and mental health support. Students are taught English, which allows them to obtain better jobs. The charity also targets the social issues in Sri Lanka, such as racism, poverty, domestic abuse, and sexual abuse. There is a high level of deliberate self-harm as well as attempted and actual suicide. Through drama projects, support groups, and mental health classes, the young adults of Sri Lanka are given the tools necessary to create a brighter future for themselves.
[b] WHAT WILL BE THE IMPACT OF TEA LEAF TRUST?[/b]
1. Provide its students with the skills necessary to help combat the social issues surrounding them, such as the 85% alcoholism level amongst men and the 83% level of domestic abuse against women.
2. Improve the mental and emotional health of its students, so they are able to live healthier and more productive lives.
3. Promote ethnic cohesion and gender empowerment among its students and in their communities.
4. Allow its students to escape the tea estate system so they can pursue more promising futures other than becoming tea pickers or laborers.

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