May 19, 2010 by teawalker
Our hat goes off to Gongfu Girl, who turned the spotlight on The Learning Tea and its work in helping young girls in Darjeeling receive an education. Katrell Christie, of Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party, responded to the plight of young women in the Darjeeling region.
According to the article and The Learning Tea’s site, young girls must leave local orphanages when they are 16. After that, an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 girls in the area are trafficked into brothels or servitude each year. Of course not all of these girls are orphans, but a lack of education leaves them with few options for supporting themselves.
Here comes the plan. Actually it’s a multi-pronged approach.
- The sale of darjeeling tea. A purchase is very clear. The package says: “I am 10 pairs of shoes in Darjeeling India.”