Save the Children Sri Lanka embarked on a new certification process to enhance the image of pure CEYLON TEA across the non-traditional tea consuming nations as a distinctive, premium and marketable “origin“ product- enabling to improve estate employees’ lives while also increasing profits.
In doing so Save the Children concentrated on sustainably improving the health and nutrition of mothers and their children on Sri Lankan tea estates. The rational was to create a value proposition that exemplified the finest and premium quality of Ceylon Tea – grown with the greatest possible care given to the families who labour to bring it to the world, and the land on which it is grown.
As a start up to this project, four plantation companies were short listed that included KVPL and TTEL purely on its track record.
KVPL in collaboration with, “Save the Children”, Sri Lanka embarked on an ambitious project to introduce the concept of a mother-and-child-friendly Tea estate. Fully resourced by the Save the Children Fund at a cost of 23 million, the main aim of the project was to uplift maternal and child health, thereby ensuring that the productivity of female workers is not compromised due to ill health or hygiene issues pertaining to themselves or their families.
KVPL’s Pedro Estate in Nuwara Eliya was selected for the first phase of this massive undertaking, where sanitation facilities at the estate were completely revamped and upgraded to improve “Quality of life” and “Quality of work life” for estate workers. The ambition of this project is to uplift the health and sanitation levels of the mother and child, in the estate, and ensure that productive time of the mother is not wasted due to hygiene related sickness. Moreover, as an extension of the project, the Mahagastota Hospital was also renovated.
KVPL in partnership with a tea buyer has initiated to build a computer litaracy center at Pedro estate for the benefit of its workers children as we believe that the Plantation industry has to strengthen the learning foundations, provide a broad range of learning opportunities and recognize and reward learning regardless of why, where and how it takes place to the most important component within the estate community, that is Youth.
In addition, e-learning permits the delivery of knowledge and information to learners at an accelerated pace, opening up new vistas of knowledge transfer.
Twenty computers will be installed and the curriculum will be afforded by the Sarvodaya movement, for the benefit of the plantation children, this project would cost three and a half million rupees and would be another project that would be continued with the assistance of The Home For Every Plantation Worker program.