Save the Children promotes Mother and Child Friendly Tea Estates in Sri Lanka
A Health Center in St. Coombs Estate in Thalawakelle, Nuwara Eliya upgraded by Save the Children in partnership with Tea Research Institute (TRI) was declared opened by the Minister of Plantation, Mr. Naveen Dissanayake, Country Director of Save the Children in Sri Lanka, Mr. Chris McIvor and Deputy Country Director of Save the Children, Mr. Julian Chellappah on 21st of January. The opening ceremony was held during an Awards Ceremony of TRI which was held under auspices of His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka, Mr. Maithripala Sirisena and with the participation of around 2,000 invitees.
Save the Children has financially and technically contributed to TRI to uplift standards of the Government owned St. Coombs tea estate by upgrading a health center, two child development centers and building 60 toilets benefitting 638 families residing and working on this property.
Country Director of Save the Children, Mr. Chris McIvor with the other officials welcoming HE the President of Sri Lanka
The invitees lighting the oil lamp at the event.
The plantation communities of Nuwara Eliya have some of the worst nutrition and health indicators in the country. In his speech to the gathered audience HE the President highlighted his concern. “Nuwara Eliya is suffering from a high rate of malnutrition. So we are conducting programs to uplift nutrition and health status of citizens in this area.”
The upgraded health center in St. Coombs estate
Save the Children under the project “Mother and Child Friendly Tea Estates” has been working on tea estates in Nuwara Eliya with a long term objective to establish a sustainable and replicable Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) model that improves the health and wellbeing of women and children. The project has a multi-level approach; conducting rehabilitation activities on key health and education facilities, improving nutritional standards through a behavior change approach targeted at mothers and children, and setting up child protection mechanisms at community level. At a more strategic level Save the Children is involved in promoting mother and child friendly Tea Certification Standards to be taken up by the Tea Industry in Sri Lanka.