Supporting the NHS during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Teatulia UK has sent care packages of tea to all London Hospitals and will continue to donate one pack of teabags for every two that are sold through March and April 2020.
The Teatulia Cooperative, or Kazi Shahid Foundation (KSF), was started as a dairy cooperative to support Bangladesh’s first organic tea garden, Kazi & Kazi Tea Estate Ltd, also known as the Teatulia Tea Garden.
Located in the very northern tip of Bangladesh, the garden was founded in 2000 by Kazi Shahid Ahmed, Chairman of the Gemcon Group with the primary goal of improving lives in this remote and neglected region through enterprise.
Today, KSF provides innovative education, health, and cattle-lending programs that provide a brighter future for thousands of Bangladeshi families.
We provide all of our garden workers with dairy cows that are paid for over time with milk and cow dung (to use as fertiliser for our garden) instead of money. Any surplus milk may be kept by the members for their own use or it can be sold at the local market.
By using this system, many members of the cooperative pay off their cow within two to three years. Rural people, especially women, are encouraged into dairy farming which improves their economic and social status.
There are now over 1,000 members in the Dairy Programme.
Organic Farming Programme
Teatulia and KSF have introduced the concept of organic vegetable farming in Northern Bangladesh and we provide resources, financial capital, and knowledge that allows local farmers to grow organic food.
Organic foods are in growing demand in Bangladesh and by converting to producing these foods farmers can generate more revenue to lift them out of poverty.
Our programme facilitators collect the vegetables directly from the farmers and supply them to the largest superstore Meena Bazar, cutting out middlemen.
Early Childhood Education Programme
A learning center “Kazi Shahid Shikhan Kendra” has been established at Madhupara of Panchagarh district.
This learning center aims to create a warm, comforting and stimulating environment for children to learn in. The curriculum is designed to provide basic literacy and numeracy skills to the poorest rural children who do not have access to the formal education system.
You can find out more about our work with the KSF here