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(careMin) posted September 17, 2012

In the Nilgiris district of southern India, only a small portion of the population is made up of tribal communities like the Paniya, Irula, Kurumba and Kota tribes. However, these tribes perform much of the labor associated with agriculture like tea. Read more...

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Tea …. And Computers with CARE

(careMin) posted September 17, 2012

In our prior post, A Different Cup of Tea: Empowering Workers we examined how CARE helped create Community Development Forums on tea plantations to give Sri Lankan tea workers a voice in their living and working conditions.

From those meetings at several estates, a critical need for computer education was identified. Computer centers provide an opportunity for additional education that young people can choose to improve their income in the future. But estate workers had a much lower computer literacy than other sectors of the Sri Lankan population. Read more...

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A Different Cup of Tea: Empowering Workers

(careMin) posted September 17, 2012

Sri Lanka’s tea plantations produce a large portion of the world’s tea supply, but the workers picking the leaves are isolated economically, culturally and geographically from the rest of Sri Lanka. Many of the workers are Indian Tamil people brought over by the British to help with the tea industry. After all, it was the British who first brought tea to Sri Lanka in the 1800’s.

These workers often live and work on the same tea estate where they face challenges: poor educational access, inadequate health facilities, lack of alternative income opportunities and social stigma and discrimination. CARE first stepped in and created the Plantation Community Empowerment Project or PCEP to enhance the worker-management relationships on these estates. Read more...

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