As we travel, both around the world and across the street, we keep our eyes—and our hearts—wide open.
We know there is more to every culture than beloved landmarks and beautiful handicrafts. There is also need. There is vulnerability. So wherever we are, we strive to be mindful and responsible.
We want to make real connections — and a real difference. That’s why, every single Tea purchase gives back to the Global Fund for Children.
Since 2003, we have partnered with The Global Fund for Children to donate nearly 500k to local grassroots organizations who advance the dignity of children and young people around the world.
Today marks the launch of our Little Citizens of the World Shop, where 100% of proceeds from these select styles will be donated to GFC organizations focused on supporting migrants and refugees. Today, and every day, we stand for and with all little citizens of the world. In celebration of this shop, we’ll be matching all customer donations through the end of March*. Together we can make a big difference.
The Global Fund for Children invests in more than 70 locally led grassroots organizations worldwide that protect and empower migrant, refugee, and displaced children. Below are just a few examples from around the world of our partners who stand with refugee and migrant children who have fled violence and poverty. Together, these organizations are helping children and youth to regain lives of safety, opportunity, and hope.
Asociación Pop No’j (Weaving Wisdom Association)
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Every day, Guatemalan children and youth set out for the United States, migrating north to seek out a better life. Many travel alone, and most are indigenous Guatemalans who face entrenched poverty and discrimination at home. Asociación Pop No’j addresses the root causes of migration by building up indigenous leaders in Guatemala. The organization also helps young, unaccompanied migrants who have been deported from the United States. By forming strong relationships, conducting home visits and workshops, and connecting indigenous youth to educational, vocational, and cultural opportunities, Pop No’j helps these young people strengthen their Guatemalan cultural identity, improve their self-esteem, and make healthy decisions about their futures.
Young Disabled Sports Club
Adana is home to an estimated 200,000 Syrian refugees. Among the refugee population are many children living with disabilities—including some who had limbs amputated after being injured by Russian or Syrian Air Force bombs. After many of these children arrived in Turkey, the local government turned to Young Disabled Sports Club (YDSC) because no one else had their level of experience and success working with kids with disabilities. YDSC brings together children of different abilities through sports and educational activities, including lessons in basketball, table tennis, and swimming. YDSC just broke ground on a new sports center—complete with soccer fields, a bungee jumping tower, and rehabilitation equipment—that will be open to everyone: kids with or without disabilities, Turkish kids, Syrian kids, and their families.
Baan Nana (Childlife)
Mae Sai, Thailand
More than 2 million people have fled from Burma to Thailand to escape civil war and political violence. Whether living in refugee camps or on the streets, immigrant children, who do not have official legal status, are at significant risk for trafficking, crime, drug abuse, and forced labor. Baan Nana provides undocumented and stateless children and youth on the Thai-Burma border with food, a safe place to live, and academic scholarships to increase their access to education. Most of the children are members of the Akkha people, an ethnic minority; some are orphans, and many have faced neglect, abuse, and malnourishment. Baan Nana’s shelter uses a family model to give children a sense of belonging, security, and identity—invaluable assets for children who have been marginalized by society. To create an environment of understanding and empathy, the staff includes young people who have also lived at the shelter and are familiar with the challenges and needs in the children’s lives.
A Ban Against Neglect
As one of Africa’s largest and fastest-growing cities, Accra attracts migrants from all over Ghana who have left their home in search of better economic opportunities. Sadly, tens of thousands of children and youth end up on the city’s streets, including an estimated 7,500 young mothers and their babies. A Ban Against Neglect (ABAN) empowers impoverished young mothers living on the streets of Accra, with the ultimate goal of breaking the cycle of poverty for them and their children. ABAN works closely with the mothers, providing them (and their babies) with permanent shelter and with opportunities to develop financial and educational skills to get off the streets and achieve their long-term goals. The shelter includes classrooms, living quarters, a kitchen, and a daycare center. In addition, ABAN provides nutritious meals and health insurance for the apprentices—as the mothers are called—and their children throughout their time there. The apprentices also receive counseling and lessons in literacy and math, which are paired with skills training, including classes in childcare, culinary arts, sustainable agriculture, fish farming, and sewing, so that they can support their families and lead productive, independent lives.
*Through 3/31/2017, Tea Collection will match up to $15,000 of customer donations at check out. All customer donations through 3/31/2017 will go to the Global Fund for Children’s 70+ partners that work with refugee, migrant, and displaced children and youth around the world. Donations through this campaign and the Little Citizens of the World Shop will contribute to their vital work as they restore safety and opportunity to children’s lives.