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Drink tea and change the world.

We make iced tea as it should be – from best ingredients, organic & Fairtrade. Our whole-leaf tea comes from cooperatives & plantations around the world. The green and black teas are from the Sri Lankan mountains; our rooibos grows under the hot South African sun. We pay higher prices for the ingredients and thereby support fair, dignified farming. We go beyond Fairtrade: every bottle sold gives an additional 5 cents to the Lemonaid and ChariTea Foundation. By doing this, we’ve already collected more than 4 million euros for social projects in the growing regions.

The ChariTea story

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Why did we start ChariTea? It’s pretty simple: we want to play our part in making a fairer world, through a Fairtrade product that also supports social projects in the growing regions of our ingredients. Obviously, we don’t want you to drink our teas just because they’re for a good cause, but because they taste fantastic. In 2008, we quit the day jobs and got going, brewing tea after tea in our kitchen, adding a splash of fresh juice here, a dash of agave syrup there. We got some friends together to pick out the best – natural iced teas which simply hadn’t been around until that point. Pure good taste, just like homemade.

How ChariTea helps:

Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation’s projects

Every time you buy one of our products, you support the Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation, which funds social projects in the growing regions. In this way, we’ve already raised more than € 4,000,000,- for schools, solar projects and many other initiatives in South Africa, Sri Lanka and Latin America. We’re always guided by the principle of helping others to help themselves.

Diyanilla Technical Institute, Sri Lanka
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Our green and black teas are grown in the mountains of Sri Lanka. In the region, there are very few other job options besides the tea industry. The Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation helps the Diyanilla Technical Institute in creating them.

The highland youth can take courses in tailoring, woodwork, electronics and data processing. In 2012, a new focus area, computing, was added. But there’s still a lot of work to do in terms of education to lessen the dependence on plantation owners. What makes the project particularly special is the encounter between the different cultures in Sri Lanka: Singhalese and Tamils learn and live together. The old conflict between the two groups is often down to problems of understanding – they speak different languages and even have a different script. The classes and living areas at the DTI are therefore deliberately mixed. Taking classes in the other language helps to dispel prejudices and develop mutual interest and understanding.

Solar collectors in Suid Bokkeveld, South Africa
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South Africa is the home of our rooibos tea. Many people in the Suid Bokkeveld region have had to manage without electricity for a long time. Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation has helped with solar energy units.

In the years of the apartheid regime, only white farmers were allowed to cultivate and market rooibos tea in any quantity. In the year 2001, fourteen smallholders from Suid Bokkelveld founded the Heiveld cooperative, and thus made history. To this day, Heiveld, along with a neighbouring cooperative, is the only collaboration between those from population groups formerly designated as “coloured”. Their work together therefore is a great piece of symbolism. But in spite of the new perspectives offered, there are a lot of unsolved problems in Suid Bokkeveld. For example, the region still isn’t connected to the national grid. The inhabitants manage with generators, or just use candlelight and fire.

PEaCE, Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka, home of our green and black teas, is in many ways a paradise. Social inequality and poverty have left their mark even here. One of the worst consequences is the sexual exploitation of children. Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation therefore supports Project PEaCE.

In the last few years, there has been an increase in cases where children are lured into the city by plantation workers. What awaits them there is not the chances they’re promised, but prostitution, pornography and trade in children. The project Protecting Environment and Children Everywhere – or PEaCE – takes a stand against this. The initiative, founded in 1991, fights for children’s rights and against their sexual exploitation. Its aims are the immediate protection of children, better overall conditions, and a more sensitive relationship between society and tourism.

Intercultural Institut Ñöñho, Mexico
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In Mexico, where our agave is grown, we support the Instituto Intercultural Ñöñho. The Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation funds the nonprofit organization that trains young women and men to be social entrepreneurs.

The institute was founded ten years ago, when it was a small cooperative working locally on development. Today, that little cooperative has grown into a small but professional educational institute – a sort of local university. This main aim is to enable the young people of the Querétaro region to found businesses and start projects in their own communities, which have significant structural problems. Pervasive problems such as unemployment, social exclusion and the destruction of indigenous culture can therefore be tackled. This is a pioneering achievement: the Institute is the first place in Mexico to offer such a course. The programme is already enjoying its first success story – one of the first graduates, a woman, has founded a ceramics cooperative.

Ecological agriculture school San Juan, Paraguay
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Huge soya monocultures in the hands of large-scale landowners and pittance wages for seasonal workers with no land are a feature of Paraguay’s agriculture. Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation wants to strengthen smallholding structures and therefore supports the ecological agriculture school San Juan in Paraguay.

The history of the school is that of a struggle for independence from the all-powerful large-scale landlords and agricultural concerns. A struggle that has borne fruit: in 1993, around 500 farming families managed to gain a piece of land for themselves and farm ecologically. The school was a natural progression, in order to allow the farmer’s children to organise their own lives and earn their own living. Working together with the Paraguayan NGO „Centro de Capacitación y Desarrolo Agrícola” and the ProParaguay Initative e.V., the school currently allows over 80 male and female students to gain a high school diploma in agricultural and technological studies.

Children’s centre in Abasto wholesale market, Paraguay
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The fruit and vegetable wholesale centre “Abasto” is in Paraguay. Many children and young people are forced even from a very young age to work or look for food there. Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation supports the children’s centre „Ñande Rekoha“ (Our Space), which offers children a safe space within this environment.

“Abasto”, where the agricultural produce of the region is traded, is on the outskirts of Asuncion. A vibrant, chaotic place – definitely worth a visit for a tourist. For many children who live in poverty, and families who work in the market, it’s also a place that stops them from going to school. The children’s centre „Ñande Rekoha“ (Our Space) takes these children in. In the former storage hall for vegetables, up to 80 children between six and fourteen years old come each day. The only precondition of attendance is that the children must be regular school attendees. Ñande Rekoha offers the children care, helps with health, hygiene and nutrition, and includes the parents or carers in their pedagogy. The children’s centre is a second home where they can practice respectful interaction, do their homework, go on trips and play. Medical and psychological experts examine the children regularly on a pro bono basis.

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