Charity Partner 1:
The T.E.A. Project (Training, Empowerment, Awareness) www.theteaproject.org
The T.E.A. Project is a grass roots organisation supporting children from the poorest urban and rural areas in Kandy, Sri Lanka where education and lives have been disrupted by poor economics, poverty, abuse and natural disaster.
The T.E.A. project help to give young people a voice through running L.I.F.E (Leadership, Independence, Futures, Empowerment) & Youth Volunteer training programmes, Personal Development & Creative Communication workshops, Urban Art Regeneration projects and developing child led forums that consult and engage children.
The T.E.A. team believe passionately that helping children in this way improves lives and helps bring an end to their cycle of poverty by developing the skills, aspirations and confidence instrumental to securing a positive future for the next generation of young people
Helping to develop and improve the Vocational Training Centre, through infrastructure work, working alongside local skilled builders. There will also be the chance to take part in informal lessons on art, drama, crafts and cooking.
The TEA Project work closely with tea plantation communities just outside of Kandy, in the central tea plantation region of Sri Lanka.
The area is home to many orphaned and vulnerable children, many of whom have been kicked out of their homes or have no family at all. The families who live on the tea plantatuions are also some of the most disadvantaged in Sri Lanka.
The TEA Project aims to provide edcuation, training and empowerment workshops through their Vocational Training Centre - to enable the local community to gain work through income generation projects and skills building.
Kandy is in the highlands of Sri Lanka and home to the tea plantations which Sri Lanka is so famous for. We also include a two day safari to Udawalawe National Park. The group will take a 4x4 safaris through the Park getting up close to sambar deer and water buffalo as well as visiting the elephant rehabilitation project on the edge of the Park to see the work they are doing to help the orphaned baby elephants.
You will be staying in a local community house just outside of Kandy. The residence is comfortable with dorm beds and a local cook will help you prepare simple Sri Lankan food – including incredible curries and chapattis
Charity Partner 2:
Their Future Today www.theirfuturetoday.org
Their Future Today (TFT) was set up after the 2004 boxing day Tsunami, to improve the lives of children and their families around Galle in South West Sri Lanka. TFT work to improve the poor facilities in state run institutions, re-unite children with their families and support them through education and into work so they can become self-sufficient.
TFT focus on providing better housing for children and families who have been separated due to poverty, so they can be re-united and live together. TFT provide housing, then support and assist the families to become self-sufficient through income generating schemes.
Their Future today provides a home to 100 girls in Galle, many of whom have been kicked out of their homes or have no family at all, providing education, food and shelter and supports them emotionally through problems they have faced previously.
To work with TFT to improve the facilities in the institutes or to construct a house for a family in need of support.
You will work alongside local TFT staff on a requested infrastructure or educational project. This might include renovation or construction of one of the local community’s houses, library or classroom.
TFT is also keen for our teams to spend time with the children at the institutions – running informal educational days on sports, arts, music and drama as well as more educational topics such as HIV, Malaria, Health, Hygiene and English.
Inspire will ensure you are fully prepared for any sessions and provides materials and ideas so you can create your own games and informal sessions for the children.
Galle’s coastline is spectacular and we also include a two day safari to Udawalawe National Park. The group will take 4x4 safaris through the Park getting up close to sambar deer and water buffalo as well as visiting the elephant rehabilitation project on the edge of the Park.
You will be staying in a local guesthouse just outside of Galle. The residence is comfortable with running water, dorm beds and a restaurant which prepares simple Sri Lankan food – including incredible curries and chapattis.