Philanthropy trumps the internal pleasure of even the tastiest cup of tea and here at Your Tea, we are passionate about giving back to the world.
As such, we are beyond excited to announce that at the end of each month, a percentage of every individual sale from our website www.yourtea.com is donated to chosen charities.
Via this act, we aim to assist a number of charities directly whilst also raising awareness for a number of issues the chosen charities will represent.
Your Tea is a worldwide organization and given this, we select a number of charities around the world. Considerable time and research is taken in selecting the charities to ensure both the donated funds are being adequately spent and further more, that their charitable efforts are legitimate.
With many charities in equal need of assistance, rest assured the selection process is not easy! We welcome you along this journey. At the close of each month we email out an update highlighting the charities we've assisted.
Without your help, our donations would simply not be possible and for this, we thank-you from the bottom of our hearts.
Let’s raise our mugs to making a difference in this world... one sip at a time.
This month we turned our focus to supporting kids in crisis, via donating to the Convent House.
Covenant House was founded in 1972 with the simple, profound mission to help homeless kids escape the streets. Today they are the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth.
What we love about the Convent house though, is the dedication to youth advocacy.
It is a leading advocate on behalf of homeless youth – for those who can't speak up for themselves at local, state, national, and international levels of government. They are a member of the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Board of Directors of UNICEF and have a prominent role in The Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
We applaud them!
Here is wonderful charity for all of you horse lovers out there... and animal lovers in general. Save The Horses do a wonderful job with saving abused and displaced horses - of which there are many of. The alternatives for these beautiful creatures are generally horrific, given their size.
SaveTheHorses was created to address the urgent need for rescue services and equine public education. They are an all-volunteer organization, operating solely on the donations given generosity of compassionate and caring people.
The mission of Save The Horses is to improve the quality of life for all horses, thereby improving the lives of people through their bond with the horses. They are committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of equines suffering from abuse, as well as the successful retirement of working equines. They strive to improve public awareness and knowledge regarding the standards of care necessary to insure the health and safety of all equines.
Any donations will help with this grass roots charity given they are run solely on donations.
Giddy up we say!
If you want to read up on their animals profiles, do so here ... if you're anything like the team at Your Tea, your eyes won't be dry at the end of it.
This month, we helped a rather beautiful program. We sponsored two gorgeous silverback gorillas, 1 mother and infant and a protection patrol.
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. They are committed to promoting continued research on the gorillas and their threatened ecosystems and to providing education about their relevance to the world in which we live. In collaboration with government agencies and other international partners, they also provide assistance to local communities through education, health, training and development initiatives.
We found a wonderful not for profit organisation this month, called "Villa Maria". We found one of their programs in particular, a fantastic cause, namely; 'Build a Bus'. Here, we donated cash towards the successful running of their bus services that allows disabled students to be transported to and from school. Transport is undoubtedly a major, yet often overlooked necessity. Ensuring their bus service remains sufficiently funded forms the basic premise of many students being able to attend school.
For more information, visit Villa Maria.
For the Love of Wildlife
As you may already know, here at Your Tea we are huge animal lovers.
That's why we truly wanted to support this charity for the month of March too.
"For the Love of Wildlife's" mission? Here you go;
To stay immobilised and silent whilst our natural world is under seige is a crime against nature. It seems that humans have lost their connection to the environment and the planet. If we’re to change the demise we have to be courageous to face ourselves, get real about what is happening and act from a place of deep compassion. It is no longer acceptable to “turn a blind eye”…we are all in this together and it’s our job to make a change, however small.
We couldn't agree more.
So we supported them. Check out their website if it is something that you too, are passionate about.
A charity that we closely support, is the Children's Fortress of Africa. We have supported them a number of times before and will continue to do so sporadically throughout the year. The work they undertake in Africa is truly grassroots and hard work at that. We know first hand where the donations are being spent and are constantly supplied with a wrap up report, which includes gorgeous letters from kids (see below!). The kids that are benefiting from YOUR donations, are absolutely grateful and well aware of how it benefits them. We are providing them with such basic, essential access to education and to us, that is fairly simple. To them, it is their world. So thank you, truly.
What a wonderful Charity.
As a part of our BreastFriend Tea, for every purchase, we donate an extra portion on top of our monthly CHARITEA total, to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. We believe the team over at the NBCF support a wonderful cause and there is no better related product of ours to support them, than our BreastFriend Tea.
Here is a little about the NBCF and the work they do.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading community-funded organisation in Australia raising money for research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer.
We are privileged to work with the public who both give and raise funds and the research community to whom we grant funds to change the health future.
Since the National Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1994, more than $105 million has been awarded to fund over 370 Australian-based research projects to improve the health and wellbeing of all those affected by breast cancer.
We are very proud that the National Breast Cancer Foundation raises and grants funds exclusively for research, because we believe research is the most effective way to end breast cancer. We are also very proud of the fact that the National Breast Cancer Foundation has a commitment to funding research right across the spectrum – from understanding the fundamental basis of the disease to psychosocial research aimed at improving the quality of life for survivors.
We hope our regular donations to the NBCF are both suitable and helpful to many women and families involved in this charity and for those affected by breast cancer.
This month, we actually revisited two of our favourite charities we've supported over the course of our CHARITEA program thus far. We know first hand, the amazing work both of these foundations put in day after day, week after week, year after year. Hence we wanted to support them both again.
Lesley and the team down at the Goodlife Farm have received another donation from us. The farm has a huge amount of on going fees across many areas. With government funding recently withdrawn, we wanted to send some more money their way to help keep the farm afloat. Stay tuned for updated here.
The team at CFA continue to grow from strength to strength, with every penny donated contributing to make a huge difference. Our donations were able to help pay the fees of the 2nd year high school for eleven children. Our initial donation was actually able to help these 11 children attend first year school - so to continue on with this process is a fantastic feeling for us here at Your Tea.
Supporting Pink Ribbon Day
Recently, we donated a significant number of 'Her Tea" boxes to the lovely Kerry in support of Pink Ribbon Day. We are always grateful to be able to support such worthy events! Her letter of gratitude is as follows:
Dear Your Tea,
Thank you so much for your support and generous donation to my Pink Ribbon High Tea held on Sunday the 26th of October.
Judith, Jayne and myself had 80 women and 25 girls attend and we raised an incredible total of $7813.75. The afternoon was full of fun, laughter, beautiful food, pink lemonade, sparkling wine, auctions, raffles, gift bags, gorgeous weather and the amazing feeling that we were all helping a very worthwhile cause – helping to find a cure for Breast Cancer.
Without your support, the day and total would not of been possible and we are extremely grateful.
For the month of October, we increased our donations slightly… certainly something we are pleased to have been able to do.
With a total of $7000 donated to the following charities via our CHARITEA program this month, we are giving back to the world with your help better than ever!
We passed on much needed funds to this project where they are used directly on the ground. With the Hunger Project Charity, funds are allocated to an area that is in most dire need at the time the funding is received.
This charity is another fantastic charity that we are extremely humbled to support. All funds are directed immediately to areas of concern.
A bit about Jodie O'Shea Orphanage:
"Jodie O’Shea Orphanage was founded in 2005 in memory of a beautiful young lady who died in the tragic bombing here in Bali in 2002. I spent many hours with Jodie in the hospital before she was airlifted out to Australia , meeting Jodie changed my life.
We are home to 86 children who come from all different walks of life but all have very sad and many of them horrific backgrounds. Some children still have both parents but they are too poor to even feed them let alone educate them, some have one parent and some have lost both parents.
At Jodie O’Shea we strive to help these children to lead healthy, normal lives. We provide good nutrition, education and above all love. Our goal is for them to go into the world as happy, self confident adults and the children stay with us until they are able to do just this until they are able to go into the workforce and look after themselves. Some of them attend university, others do hospitality or other educational courses.
We take nothing from the government and we are 100% reliant on the generosity of others to enable us to give these children hope for the future."
For the month of September, this fantastic charity was chosen - and for good reason.
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS) was founded in 2005 by friends Scott Fritz and Don Quigley, after losing teenaged children to suicide. Playing an instrumental role in making New Jersey the first state to do so, Scott and Don set out to ensure that legislation was passed requiring teachers to receive two-hours of youth suicide prevention training as part of their professional development. Since then, 22 other states have followed suit with similar legislative requirements for teachers.
SPTS is committed to its mission of reducing the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through educational training programs. Through our passionate commitment to the value of life, SPTS has based its philosophy in the effectiveness of evidence-based and Best Practice suicide prevention strategies, all while upholding a dedication to removing public stigma about suicide and the conviction that accurate information and education can save lives.
SPTS, together with suicide prevention expert Maureen Underwood, created several Best Practice resources for both teachers and parents, all available for free. Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention, SPTS's online teacher training, has been completed by over 70,000 users throughout the country. Another free, Best Practice resources is our video for parents: Not My Kid: What Every Parent Needs to Know.
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide stands by its mission to offer suicide prevention awareness resources and training to teachers and parents who interact with our nation's youth on a daily basis. While not a crisis-intervention resource itself, SPTS is a grass-roots organization dedicated to helping those who need it most - before they reach the point of crisis. Education and awareness regarding suicide risks and what roles parents and educators play as both a trusted adult and in the competent community model, is what differentiates us from other organizations. From in-person trainings with Maureen Underwood, LCSW, to informational parent talks with co-founder Scott Fritz, to survivor support group trainings for trauma communities, SPTS continues to put itself on the frontlines of youth suicide prevention and ultimately, save teens.
This grass roots Charity is one of those set ups that you just know, has a lot of blood, sweat and tears poured into it.
It Aint Nothing was founded after Nicholas Simpson went for a trip to the Philippines,saw the devastation of typhoon Haiyan and felt the need to do something to help.
In his everyday life in Australia, Nick is owner of restaurant The Treehouse on Belongil in Byron Bay, together with Zack Simmons. The Treehouse on Belongil set up and funded the start-up of It Aint Nothing as well as the first house being built in the 50.50.50 Project!
Stay tuned for an update here on how Your Tea donations have helped It Aint Nothing.
The first recipient of our Charitea for the month of August was Somaly Mam Foundation.
Whilst the Charity has been shrouded in some recent controversy, none the less SAM continues on to help eradicate sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls in South EAST Asia.
They also aim to empower survivors of the above torture, via aiming to serve victims by providing counseling, medical care, and skills training to foster personal and economic empowerment.
SAM empowers survivors to use their voices and share their stories in order to raise awareness and advance social change. Further more, they advocate for systemic change by educating communities, engaging government officials, and mobilizing students toward prevention efforts.
In the Western world, many of us are far removed from this awful reality. We hope you take the time to read into this charity further, share their stories and create greater awareness.
The second charity chosen for the month of August was a very special charity called Bear Cottage. This charity certainly hit home for us here at Your Tea.
Bear Cottage provides support, respite and end-of-life care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families, in a warm homelike environment.
It is indeed a very special place, providing support for both the patient (child) and their carers. Ultimately, the care is there for the sick kids, however they also provide temporary respite care to give families a much needed break.
We find it unimaginable for parents to go through life limiting, let alone life ending conditions - with their children.
We urge you to also support this very special charity in any way you can.
The month of July had a large focus on animals - after all, we and many more people have a huge soft spot for them. Helpless in many ways which can be heart breaking to say the least.
This wonderful little foundation is truly grass roots.
Tall oak farm is a small privately funded farm dedicated to providing refuge for farm and domestic animals that are neglected, redundant, injured or elderly.
Currently home to around 100 animals including horses, ponies, cows, goats, sheep, chickens, dogs and cats.
Owners, Josh and Mandii's aim is to educate and inspire others to provide animals with the best possible care available. Mandii who both work full time to provide shelter and care to the animals who live here.
Both Josh, Mandii and the animals at tall oak farm are immensely grateful for the support of their friends and family who help to keep the farm going.
To make a donation or support Tall Oaks Farm, head to; http://www.gofundme.com/sign-in
Many of you may have heard about the relentless work SeaShepherd has done for our marine life all around the world. We have many things to be thankful to them for an of course, donating some funds to assist their missions is the least we can do.
Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
Sea Shepherd Australia uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd Australia works to ensure their survival for future generations.
Thanks you again, for allowing our wonderful CHARITEA program to not only continue, but flourish.
CHARITEA kicked on again in the month of June and we were able to support some true grass roots charities. We love finding charities that truly invest man power, personal time and sacrifice - all for a good cause.
This grass roots foundation received a portion of our funds raised from Charitea this month.
Again, the money is going to a great cause - please see words from the charity below...
"On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines as the unprecedented winds and storm surge took over 7000 lives, destroyed 1.1 million homes and left 4.1 million people displaced. In the aftermath of the disaster, 86 nursing students from Colegio de Sta Lourdes Foundation (CSLLFI) became an influential part of the volunteer relief effort. The students distributed food, water & emergency shelter; provided medical assistance and hygiene information; constructed water & sanitation facilities and coordinated blood drives to support their local communities.
The students have now returned to college to complete their studies. Yet, CSLLFI was also severely damaged by Typhoon Haiyan with structural damage to eight classrooms, two dormitories and 90% of the school’s equipment. The college is now undergoing a significant restoration project in an effort to provide for the current students and once again operate an institution conducive to learning.
The support of Your Tea “Charitea” means the world to the CSLLFI family and we greatly appreciate the generous support. The donation will contribute to the reconstruction of classrooms and dormitories, ensuring a safe and well structured working environment for current and future students.
CSLLFI is a regional college that has provided a high quality tertiary education to financially disadvantaged families since 2003. The college takes advantage of its unique location as students learn new skills in harvesting the vast agricultural lands to fund academic scholarships."
This wonderful charity takes a very unique approach in helping out the world. They received the other part of our Charitea funds.
A little about their charity;
"Bicycles For Humanity is a grass roots, volunteer run organisation focused on simple, sustainable empowerment in the developing world. We do this in the most transparent and practical way by sending unused donated bikes from the developed world to our partner organisations in various countries in need.
A bike allows someone to travel twice as far, twice as fast and carry four times the load. In the countries in which we work a bike can mean access to education, health care, fresh water, economic opportunity and community. Breaking the cycle of poverty by providing sustainable transport for one person impacts not only their life but also the lives of their families, communities and future generations."
We encourage you to look into this charity, along with all others. Many of us have an old bike sitting at home that we either promise we will ride, or in all honesty - simply never do (ooops!). So jump on their website and take a look, perhaps this is an easy charity to become involved with?!
WEIF (Women’s Empowerment International Foundation)Women's Empowerment International Foundation (WEIF) is a registered Canadian charity (RR #89650 1806 RR0001) dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in the poorest districts of Central and South Asia
WEIF have a number of projects running at any given time.
The funds donated this month from CHARITEA will be directed towards the Manthan project in Bihar, the second poorest state of India.
Words from the WEIF;
“We have been approved by Alberta’s Community Initiative Program (CIP) for strengthening the core foundation of around 500 children in three villages in Bihar. However, due to cut backs, we have only been funded 50% of the funds requested ($12,000 out of $25,000). We intend to convert Manthan’s supplementary school (3 hours in the morning) to full time school within three years. However, to achieve this, we have to build a new proper schools to conform by the government rules i.e. bathrooms, number of square footage per child etc. so that we can create sustainability for the schools and apply to the government to pay for teachers’ salaries, provide meals, books etc. We are planning on building three schools (four classrooms at a time due to lack of funding)- Djanoja Parsoni and Gaya, all located in the State of Bihar. Parsoni has no school for children since 2011 when the floods devastated the village.
Therefore, this year, we have committed to creating income for 120 women from three villages, borewells to these villages, improving the education of the children, setting up classes for Early Childhood (EC) and providing vocational training for at least 20 youth (costs sponsored by private individuals).
Thank you for your company’s and your staff’s generosity. It is greatly appreciated”
The Second Charity chosen was "Moodswing App". This app is extremely special for a number of reasons and has unexpectedly pinpointed a true need for what he is aiming to create via crowd funding. When Moodswing was launched, over 5000 sad, depressed and suicidal moods were posted by users.
Words from Moodswing co-founder, Jake McKeon;
"Moodswing was released 8 months ago as an alternative social network for people to share their emotions. People use Moodswing to share their REAL emotions, those that they are uncomfortable sharing anywhere else. These REAL emotions are often depressive and deeply low, to the point where we have become concerned about many of our users’ health and wellbeing.
Through experiences with Moodswing users and supporting them through their mental challenges, we have seen first hand the potential that Moodswing has to enhance, change and save the lives of those battling depression and other mental health issues.
Rather than the social network we created, we now want to make Moodswing a much needed online emotional support resource.
We plan to develop an initiative within Moodswing, that will match vulnerable users, anonymously, with trained and qualified active listeners who are immediately accessible.
This means that any user who posts a mood or content that is depressive or deeply low, will be prompted and asked if they would like to talk to someone.
This can be a major mental health innovation, but we need to raise $50k to make it possible. We’re already 27% of the way there, but no pledges will be processed unless our target is reached".
Hence our donation has been directed to this innovative and much needed App.
We encourage you to check it out at; http://www.pozible.com/project/181240
Thanks again for allowing us wit your help, to make a different this month.
Much Love - Your Tea XXX
For the month of April, we were lucky enough to donate a total of $5000 to the following two charities;
Who doesn't love adorable labrador pups?! Especially when they are being trained up to be the most reliable and counted on companion for those in need.
We have been able to co-sponsor an entire litter of puppies with our donation funds. Best yet - we are able to watch them grow, see them trained and eventually - homed with a lifelong partner.
We will update you with pictures and progress on how our little bundles of joy are going!
Sunrise Children's Villages Cambodia
The second portion of our donations were allocated towards SCV in Cambodia.
Here are some kind words from SCV in regards to how our donation was used:"Rice is the main staple in the children’s diet, however, they do have fresh fruit and vegetables everyday. Therefore, Sunrise Children’s Village in Phnom Penh needs approx 70kgs rice per day to feed the children. These days, due to the escalating costs at the markets, rice is purchased from a wholesaler @ US$600 per tonne. We are very grateful for your generous donation which will supply 4 tonnes of rice which is 2 months supply".
A little about SCV:
The Sunrise Children’s Villages (SCV) are located in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, Cambodia. SCV started in September 1993, following the first visit by Geraldine Cox. Since that time, three centres have been created. The Sunrise Children’s Villages provide education, medical care, and a home for orphaned, abandoned, vulnerable and disadvantaged Cambodian children.
Once again - thank you all for allowing CHARITEA to continue on.
For the month of March, donations will be collected for PCYC for a camp they plan to take some of their kids within the PCYC program on.
CAMP WRAP UP:
The camp was a huge hit with the kids, here is a wrap up from the team at PCYC who ran the Coral Bay camp:
"PCYC Learning Centre is a program that has been running in the Kimberley Region of North Western Australia since 2011.
Focusing heavily on the health & well-being of teenage boys aged 13-17 that have become disengaged from society.
The Youth involved in these program's can also be associated with low attendance in mainstream schooling and be at risk of being involved in the juvenile justice sector.
When these Life & Skills based camps are implemented- PCYC LC are able to separate the youth from negative, risk taking environments which can be associated when living in town.
Coral Bay Camp gave the PCYC Learning Centre boys, an opportunity to be involved in activities and environments that is simply not feasible when living in town.
The boys were exposed to a glass bottom boat and snorkelling tour on day 3, followed by a "Swimming with Manta Ray's Tour" on day 4.
These tours gave the boys an opportunity to step out of their comfort zone, swim in deeper, colder waters- being surrounded by thousands of marine life in a protected environment.
They were taught the importance of National Marine Parks & how they contribute to the ecosystem.
Given these boys spear many Marine life for food back home- it was interesting but encouraging to see the boys embrace a different way of living".
Our second Charity for the Month of March is again, the Children's Fortress Africa. Our donations will assist in building a library this time - no doubt an extremely valuable resource for these kids. After all, knowledge is power and knowledge is provided via education.
Donation wrap up as communicated via Children's Fortress Africa:
"We have full confidence that we will be able to make the library project work with these funds. We may be able to get some of the books 2nd hand whilst still in good condition which will help the funds go further. We will budget on the librarian at this stage for 6mths and that will also help. Our Kenyan treasurer Elvis and me will also do some of the work like painting which will help. We are very excited and can't wait to share with you the impact you and Your Tea have made"
Together with your help - we were able to raise a little under $6000 for the month of February's sales. We raised the figure to $6000 and shared the donation between the two charities below.
The Goodlife Farm
Our donations for the GoodlifeFarm could not have come at a more appropriate time.
An old fence which fenced in 5 of their livestock had fallen - and a new fence had to be replaced without any warning to prepare finances.
Further more, the animal feed bills had been building up which was causing stress on many levels.
With our donations, The GoodlifeFarm was able to pay for the new fence and clear up the feed bill.
This charity receives very little help from the Australian Government and therefore relies heavily on donations.
Lesly, has made it very clear to us that this donation has helped her in more ways we could imagine.
Free the Bears:
We have been able to sponsor 10 bears for 12 months. We will add a further update when we receive information back from this donation.
The first of two charities we will be donating to this January is the Children's Fortress Africa! Our donation will be used to pay yearly tuition for high school kids in Kenya. The Government of Kenya provides primary education to students, yet high school education is not free. The average annual tuition fee for high school is $300. With 43% of the population living on just $1.25 AU a day, it means many kids miss out on an education that could break the poverty cycle in their lives. We hope our donation towards education will help empower high school kids in Kenya to change their own world.
We wouldn't be able to make these donations without the help of all of our loyal and loving customers - so from the bottom of our hearts thank you for making this possible.
At the conclusion of the month we will send an email out to all of our e-letter subscribers with the exact amount donated and what was done with the funds. Children's Fortress Africa is a non profit organisation and we are very happy to be assisting them with one of many amazing projects they are working on.
Wrap up of donation allocation from The Children's Fortress Africa:
"Your donation has paid for school fees for a year for eleven needy promising children giving them the life changing chance to attend high school for the year, provided a uniform set for eight children (each set contains two uniforms), cleared the arrears school fee debt of 4,600 Kshs for student Dorothy Obiero so she can recommence school, purchased set of text books for six students & purchased orphan former street boy Gideon Makanga with school shoes, and socks.
On behalf of the children you helped and all the team at Children's Fortress Africa we thank you so much!"
Our second chosen charity for the month of January is the Lighthouse Foundation.
Lighthouse Foundation provides homeless young people who come from backgrounds of long term neglect and abuse with a home, a sense of family and around the clock therapeutic care. Through their Lighthouse experience, the young people heal, learn again to relate to others and rebuild their lives.
We will see the money donated for the Lighthouse Foundation spent directly in areas in need.
Stay tuned for the wrap up outlining where our donation was used, including descriptions and photos of what our donations were provided for.