The ability to support the education of Kenyan children through the Ajiri Foundation while also helping them receive much needed medical care through our own work with CompassioNow is an amazing opportunity.
Clovis, CA (PRWEB) October 04, 2012
Beginning in October, Compassion Tea Company will offer Ajiri Tea and 5 new Pyramid Tea Bag tea flavors. “We wanted to expand our selection of bagged teas for our Pyramid Tea Members, and we are really excited about the purpose and mission behind Ajiri Tea,” said Lee Kennedy, president of Compassion Tea.
Compassion Tea is adding Ajiri Tea, a deliciously fresh, bold, and rich Kenyan Black tea, which won a first place award at the 2011 North American Tea Championships and which was voted the “Buyers’ Choice” for best black tea at the 2011 World Tea Expo. Compassion Tea also chose to add Ajiri Tea because of the employment and education opportunities its production provides to people in western Kenya. In Swahili, the word “Ajiri” means “to employ.” Produced at the Rainforest Alliance Certified Nyansiongo Tea Factory and grown by small-scale farmers in the Kisii region of western Kenya, the production of this tea creates community and employment.
Through the Ajiri Foundation, all profits from the sale of Ajiri Tea go back to the community particularly through the payment of school fees and purchasing of supplies, books, and uniforms for HIV/AIDS orphans in the Kisii region. According to the Ajiri Foundation, in February 2012, the Ajiri Foundation sponsored 19 students, 7 of which attended boarding school and had fees ranging between $625-800 per year. The other 12 students attend primary school, which is “free” in Kenya but families must still pay for supplies. Because of the HIV/AIDS crisis in this part of the world, children are orphaned or raised by grandparents who do not have sufficient income to pay additional school fees. “The ability to support the education of Kenyan children through the Ajiri Foundation while also helping them receive much needed medical care through our own work with CompassioNow is an amazing opportunity,” explained CompassioNow co-founder/Compassion Tea director Wendy Bjurstrom.
Compassion Tea also added five new flavors of tea available only in pyramid tea bags. These flavors include Caramel Rooibos (flavored rooibos), Coconut Delight (flavored black tea), Vanilla Almond (flavored green and black tea blend), Serene Herbal (featuring chamomile, lavender, lemon myrtle, and spearmint), and Green Peach Apricot (flavored green tea).
Compassion Tea Company opened its online store in 2011 after a group of friends determined to find a better way to provide sustainable funding for CompassioNow, a non-profit organization that sends life-saving medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, and funding for staff and projects to medical clinics in South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Kenya. In July 2012, two Compassion Tea directors carried 250 lbs. of medical supplies to South Africa where they were distributed to the Lily of the Valley Medical Clinic and the 1000 Hills Community Helpers clinic. Supplies were either donated to or purchased by CompassioNow.
About Compassion Tea Company
Compassion Tea Company is known for its excellent products and services and is widely recognized for donating 100% of its after-tax profits to bring health and healing to individuals and communities in rural Africa. The relationship between Compassion Tea Company and its parent organization, CompassioNow, is an innovative linkage between premium products and funding for a great cause.