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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, through which we designed and financed the country’s only privately funded, state-of-the-art cancer hospital: The National Cancer Institute.
Throughout the pandemic of 2020, we have given our unwavering support and funding to this hospital as they carry out cutting-edge practices, such as stem cell therapy, and deliver a level of care that is, we are proud to say, second to none in the country. 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 over the last decade, we have helped improve access to safer water for the people of Niger.
In 2020, we focused our attentions on preventing the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We provided all 16 villages in the Ahmad Tea intervention zone with soap, masks and cleverly-designed hands-free handwashing devices called 'Tippy-Tap'. Five new water points were installed and a further 10 rehabilitated.
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.
The Covid-19 crisis has had a devastating impact in all countries, particularly affecting the vulnerable in communities around the world.
When the news of the pandemic broke in 2020, we approached each of more than 60 distributors to encourage donate at least 10% of their marketing budget to people in their region. Ahmad Tea then matched the donations – which have paid for food parcels, medical supplies and, of course, tea for families and frontline workers in many countries, such as:
– In the UK: Ahmad Tea increased funding to Southampton Hospital.
– In Egypt: We donated funding for food distribution, hospital ventilators and much needed basic medical supplies.
– In Armenia: during a period of strict quarantine, we provided care products and tea to staff treating Covid-19 patients
– In Latvia, Ahmad Tea’s distributor ran a campaign to create and distribute care packages to the elderly.
Everyone here at Ahmad Tea believes in that education is the most powerful tool of all, and it should be easily and consistently accessible to children of all abilities and backgrounds. We work with The Right of Choice rehabilitation centre in Kharkiv to support their work with physically challenged children
Our support has included funding for rehabilitation therapists working with visually impaired children and the provision of gloves, cleaning materials and disinfectants to ensure that the centre is fully equipped to cope with the global pandemic and can continue to function without interruption into the new academic year.
During 2020, we supplied funding for:
Lecturers running distance learning classes for children in the Kyiv region.
Essential clothing for orphaned children residing close to a territory of military action.
Stationery, fabrics and exercise books for orphans and children from the low income families in Kharkiv.
Two rehabilitation therapists who work with visually impaired children at the Right of Choice rehabilitation centre.