Keith in Sri Lanka September - December 2019Donate
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- Keith Ledbury
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- Volunteer Tea Pick
Keith in Sri Lanka September - December 2019
I am out here in Sri Lanka for 3 months, supporting the work of Tea Leaf Vision and I would very much value your support.
Well, I am doing a sponsored tea pick to find out. I will pick tea alongside professional tea pickers for four hours... it is backbreaking labour in the sunshine and worse when it is rainy season. I will then weigh my tea and get told what salary I would have earned (less than a couple of quid) but my wages will be given to my tea picking mentor. I would love your support. So, here's some things that I didn't know until I signed up to volunteer:
I didn't know for example that 80% of students at the charity's Tea Leaf Vision School live off less than $1 a day, or that this area is a hotspot for suicide in a country that already has the 4th highest suicide rate in the world. Nor did I know that 83% of female tea pickers experience regular domestic violence and 80% of the men are alcoholics. This all creates a pretty hopeless picture... but...
The Tea Leaf Trust works in the heart of the tea plantations in Sri Lanka, helping young people to gain the skills required to get employment away from the harsh reality of the tea estate industry. The school offers free, full-time diplomas for students between the ages of 18 and 24. In return, and as part of the programme, the students themselves teach Basic English to over 1,800 children a week for free!
Over 80% of graduates find employment or further education/training within a year and those working earn an average of 50% than their counterparts. On top of this, these students become ethical leaders in their communities, leading real change.
Please give what you can... even the cost of a cup of tea will help!
Keith LedburyI arrived back in Bath last night and I am mainly writing to thank you all for your support, as I know many of you supported my Fundraisers and also followed me on my Blog (keithinsrilanka.blogspot.com). In terms of the Fundraisers, I had one on Facebook, that raised £300 and, when this one ran out of time, I renewed it and it raised another £40. My main Fundraiser in the end was through this Tea Leaf Trust site, and that raised £853, so, in total, I raised £1,293, which I was pleased with. I want to send a huge thank you to everyone who helped me to raise this money for the work of Tea Leaf Vision.
Michelle Zacks donated £60
This is in honor of Hilde Zacks.Keith Ledbury: Thank you so much for your donation Michelle. It means a lot to me and I am sure it would have meant a lot to Hilde as well! Love, Keith XAnthony Birts donated £20 + £5 Gift AidKeith Ledbury: Hi Anthony. Many thanks for your very kind donation, which has seen me almost get to 80% of my target. I am hoping the other 20% will trickle in somehow before the deadline! Best wishes, KeithKeith LedburyThis is yet another thank you to the people who have donated recently and pushed my Fundraiser to almost 77% of my target. I am pretty close now to reaching that £1,000 total, so please do think about making a donation to the Tea Leaf Trust for the amazing work that they do to support some of the poorest people in the Tea Leaf Plantations Communities if you haven't done so already.James Houston donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid
Dear Keith thankyou for keeping us up to date on your adventures and for all your energy and commitment to the staff and young people. I am so pleased that you "get it" and you are now hooked on TLT!Alan Bleathman donated £50
Keith - Good luck- I admire your tenacity. AlanKeith Ledbury: Hello Alan. Thank you for your very generous donation and also for your very kind comment. I feel privileged to be out here in this amazing country. I hope all is going well with you.Anonymous User donated £60 + £15 Gift Aid
Thanks for supporting the charities work in Sri LankaKeith Ledbury: I am extremely grateful for all the donations that I receive, but I do appreciate that a few donors like you would prefer to remain anonymous. You are my second anonymous donor and I feel a little bit sad not to be able to thank you both personally, but you know who you are and I want you to know that I am extremely grateful for your very generous donation, which is helping my Fundraising Page to move very swiftly towards the initial target I set of £1,000!Andrew Bragg donated £50Keith Ledbury: Hi Andrew. Thank you so much for your generous donation. I really appreciate all the support I am getting!Tricia Sugrim donated £25 + £6.25 Gift Aid
Dear Keith, you are a Fab guy and doing Great work in Sri Lanka. Good luck with the tea picking and educational work, and I'm sure you will be greatly enriched and a trim and fit guy when you return😉Much love TxKeith Ledbury: Hi Tricia. Thank you for your very kind comments and your lovely donation! I hope I am doing some good work here in Sri Lanka. I have certainly worked very hard, but I have also enjoyed it immensely! I think I will definitely be hugely enriched by this experience and I have lost some weight whilst I have been out here, but the chances of me being a trim and fit guy when I return are a lot slimmer than I will be I'm afraid! Maybe one day! XRoland Adamson donated £20 + £5 Gift Aid
Dear Keith I am enjoying your blog and reading about your adventures! Well done for the great work you are doing whilst enjoying yourself at the same time. Regards RolandKeith Ledbury: Hello Roland. Lovely to hear from you and many thanks for your kind donation. I am having a wonderful time out here in Sri Lanka.Keith LedburyI did not expect to have to provide an update so soon, but I am overwhelmed to have got half-way towards my target after only a couple of days. Many thanks to all 9 of you for your generosity! I am astonished that with only 9 donations I have reached the £500 mark! I am extremely grateful!Gerald Rees donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid
Keith, hi, you are doing a great job, a fascinating blog, it is great to read. I look forward to hearing about the tea pick. There won’t be many in Bath who can say they have done that. GerryKeith Ledbury: Thank you so much for your kind donation Gerry and for your support generally!Anonymous User donated £30 + £7.50 Gift Aid
With all best wishesKeith Ledbury: I am sorry I cannot thank you personally, but thank you very much for your kind donation.Malcolm Chatwin donated £50 + £12.50 Gift Aid
Well done Keith. Good to get your updates. MalcolmKeith Ledbury: Thank you so much Malcolm for this lovely donation towards the work of the Tea Leaf Trust - I really do appreciate this. I am having an amazing time out here in Sri Lanka and, hopefully, I can give some support to our Rotary International Project.Charles and Julie Hayward donated £60 + £15 Gift Aid
We love to hear how you are getting on, and send our best wishesKeith Ledbury: Thank you both so much. This is a very generous donation and I am extremely grateful for it. I have been thinking about you both and it is so lovely to receive all the encouragement I have been getting from you.Tim Westbrook donated £50 + £12.50 Gift Aid
Great job Keith. Liz and I look forward to seeing you at work (maybe not tea picking then!) when we come out in a couple of weeks,Keith Ledbury: Hi Tim - thank you for your kind comment and I also want to thank you and Liz for your very kind donation towards the work of The Tea Leaf Trust. I am very much looking forward to seeing both of you soon!Ronald Pringle donated £50 + £12.50 Gift Aid
Great job Keith, I love Sri Lanka and know you will be having a great time.Keith Ledbury: Hi Ron. Many thanks to you for your very generous donation. You are certainly right - I am having an amazing time out here in Sri Lanka and I have fallen in love with the place big time!Val Mason donated £50 + £12.50 Gift Aid
Enjoy your tea-picking!Keith Ledbury: Thank you Val for this lovely donation. I have been using your Bird Book, especially in the first couple of days before I got so involved on the work side of things, but I intend to take it with me at weekends when I get to do some travelling!Christine Hopwood donated £50 + £12.50 Gift Aid
Good Luck with the tea picking!Keith Ledbury: Thank you Christine (and Peter) for your very kind donation. I am very grateful to you!Elena Ely donated £30 + £7.50 Gift AidKeith Ledbury: Thank you Elena for kick-starting my fundraising! I really appreciate it!