“We are so humbled to be able to participate in this year’s UN Humanitarian Gala dinner,” said Linda Appel Lipsius of Teatulia. “It has been our mission to provide economic sustainability for the Bangladeshi community that makes our tea possible."
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 13, 2011
Guests attending the United Nations Association’s 7th Annual Humanitarian Gala tonight at the posh Union Club in mid-town Manhattan will receive a special gift from Teatulia, an extraordinary tea company in Bangladesh. A selection of Teatulia’s finest teas will be given to all attendees in keeping with the event’s theme, “Changing the World: Partnerships in Maternal and Child Health.”
Chosen for its innovative cattle-lending and literacy programs that have helped Bangladeshi women and children, Teatulia is the only farm of any type in Bangladesh to receive USDA Certification for its 100 percent organic. This year’s dinner will highlight successes in improving life expectancy and quality of life for women and children in the developing world.
“We are so humbled to be able to participate in this year’s UN Humanitarian Gala dinner,” said Linda Appel Lipsius, co-founder of Teatulia. “It has been our mission since the beginning to not only remain environmentally sustainable, but to provide economic sustainability and prosperity for the Bangladeshi community that makes our teas possible.”
Dr. Julio Frenk, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard School of Public Health and former Minister of Health of Mexico, will be the keynote speaker at the black tie affair. Honorees include Johnson & Johnson for their leadership in maternal and child health and their collaborative initiative: Every Mother, Every Child, and Christy Turlington Burns and her organization, Every Mother Counts for her vision and advocacy to bring worldwide attention to the need for increased education and support for maternal and child health. Attendees will include Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, and other high level dignitaries from the United Nations, as well as CEOs.
Teatulia’s dairy cooperative has established several programs designed to improve the lives of Bangladeshi women and children, including a literacy program and a unique cattle-lending program that has provided women with entrepreneurial opportunities and financial independence. Through this cattle-lending plan, local workers borrow dairy cows, instead of the more common microfinance loans, in exchange for their work maintaining the garden. Members then pay back their loan through milk and cow dung, which is used as fertilizer in the tea garden.
Teatulia’s dairy cooperative has helped many workers achieve “Shopner Bari,” the Bengali words for “ideal home.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information about Teatulia, or to speak with founder Linda Appel Lipsius, please contact Nancy Trent or Pamela Wadler at (212) 966-0024.