Updates on Kenya: Jamila tells us that it has rained twice already in Kenya, which is quite uncommon in January, but this is definitely good news for the tea farmers! She announces that there has been a new political cabinet in Kenya; A cabinet is a committee that consists of multiple ministries. She hopes that the new education ministry secretary, Amina Mohamed, can implement the new education program to make significant strides in expanding access to education in Kenya. If you have any burning questions, make sure to ask them during the next weekly #LiveFromKenya session!
Public education in Kenya is funded by the government up to grade 8, families take on the responsibility of sourcing school fees after that. This presents a major financial obstacle to many Kenyan families and prevents many students from attending secondary schools. A few years ago, JusTea partnered with Tumoi Teas to established a literacy program to invest in youth education in Kenya. The literacy program sponsored two Kenyan students through secondary school. Boaz is happy to announce that both students have graduated in November 2017, and will be able to pursue a university education due to their excellent performance on the public examination. Boaz would like to thank everyone who supported the cause to help those scholars receive an education. We will continue to run the literacy program for new students, so tune in to #LiveFromKenya for updates!
This week, Paul Bain speaks at our weekly live sessions – from Mexico! Due to some technical difficulties, Boaz was unable to host the live session for JusTea this week. Paul talks about how much he enjoys travelling to Kenya, where he is able to live with the tea farmers and learn about their joys and struggles of working in the tea industry. He explains that these weekly live sessions are meant to connect supporters of JusTea to the hardworking tea farmers behind the scenes. Paul hopes that these sessions can provide a glimpse of what it means to be a tea farmer in Kenya.
Happy New Year! Jamilla wishes that all of JusTea partners from all over the world have a wonderful year. After a divisive year with key political changeovers for Kenya, Jamila is happy to announce that the country has returned regained peace. She is looking forward to a fruitful and exciting year. This year is the year of tea, and we pledge to produce the best tasting tea for all of you.
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