Supporting Ahmad Tea communities is integral to our Inspiring Kindness Mission. While the scope of this is limitless in many ways, we have focussed our efforts on health projects and community causes in places where we saw the need was the greatest.
We designed and built – and now continue to finance the development of – the National Cancer Institute in Sri Lanka; we are improving clean water provision and sustainability in Niger; and we are supporting orphans through housing and education projects in both Russia and Ukraine.
Sri Lanka is a country with which we have a rich shared history. But its people are at a higher risk of diseases like cancer than those in many developed countries. To help address this issue, we created the Razavi project, in which we designed and financed the country’s only privately funded, state-of-the-art cancer hospital: The National Cancer Institute.
Throughout 2019, we continued to improve the services and facilities available at the hospital. Today, it offers some of the most sophisticated care available anywhere in the country, using cutting-edge techniques such as stem cell therapy. It makes us immensely proud to show our gratitude to the people of Sri Lanka in this way.
Landlocked, drought-prone and with less than 3% arable land, Niger is a country in which safe drinking water can be hard to find. Working with Oxfam in recent years, we have helped improve access to safer water in three key ways.
Creating irrigation systems enabling farmers to cultivate land. Sponsoring students in distance-learning projects, ensuring local communities have the skills to deliver the programmes long term. Finding ways to safely use the country’s abundant groundwater.
Constructing and maintaining water points for domestic and agricultural use. Using solar technology and water boreholes to improve drinking water for over 50,000 people. Installing electric pumps to supply water to Malian refugees.
Piloting a National Plan for water management, which includes training for government and community groups. Increasing cooperation between key stakeholders.
Ahmad Tea has long been popular in Russia – and we have been active contributors to good causes in the country, helping to set up the Formula Dobra Charity Foundation. Over the years, we have seen a clear need to help the country’s future generations, so for more than a decade, we have supported the Ostrovskiy children’s home in Kostroma, helping around 80 children each year.
When the building itself was declared unfit due to the risk of fire, we helped create an entirely new home on a nearby plot. It was designed to deliver ‘family’ floors containing classrooms, kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms for smaller groups of children. It would be more accessible for children with disabilities too, with wide doorways for wheelchairs, special toilets and ramp access.
In 2019, following a challenging build, we were delighted to see the new building open, which is home to 20 children.
Everyone here at Ahmad Tea believes in the power of education to change lives. But for children living in Ukraine’s most remote orphanages, the nearest school or university is often simply too far away.
That’s why we created our Distance Learning Programme, linking orphaned Ukrainian schoolchildren to universities in Kiev, with the aim of giving them better opportunities to learn and gain qualifications. Children were connected to classes streamed via Skype, supplying new equipment including computers, headsets and projectors. Throughout 2019, our work has continued on this project. And it works: 82 of the children we have helped have now graduated from university.
8 University Lecturers
40 School children
2 Age groups
4 Subject areas
64 Hours study per student per month