The Colombo International Tea Convention 2017 concluded on Friday, elegantly supported by our most accomplished cricketer and commended by several of the international delegates as the most significant gathering of the global tea industry. For many reasons, it was so and the breadth of expertise and commentary that were shared at the Convention was a […]
Every individual has inherent ability regardless of their circumstances; poverty is debilitating, but not disabling, physical disability in most cases is ability in an untypical form. When the unemployed son of a tea picker in Ratnapura used the opportunity of a 4-month culinary bootcamp to secure Gold in the Sri Lanka national component of the […]
Since the beginning of separatist conflict in the North and East of Sri Lanka in 1983, there have not been many good days in eastern Sri Lanka. Until hostilities in the East ceased in 2007, the fighting was severe, inflicting a heavy toll on civilians and both LTTE and Government forces. Economic, educational, health, transport […]
On most days there is an aura of peace at the MJF Centre. Some kids drum, others sing, dance or perform acrobatics. Some kids look a little different – they have Down Syndrome, some Cerebral Palsy or Autism – while others are ‘typical’ and come from poverty stricken communities. It’s usually noisy and those kids […]
Last night the MJF Centre in Moratuwa, on the outskirts of Colombo, was aglow. It was after dusk but it was not the setting sun that caused the brilliant light but the joy of several hundred children from the MJF Kids programme. They were gathered for their annual presentation, children and youth from severely deprived […]
Suggesting that ‘..the fortunes of the Hill Tamil workers on its many plantations have not kept pace with the industry’s growth’ hides a much more complex reality than first meets the eye. Notwithstanding the superficial comment of the Ceylon Tea Traders’ Association representative that the workers are well cared for and not exploited, there is exploitation, but those responsible are not, as Mr. McDonald implies, the Tea Exporters and Traders in Sri Lanka.
Founder Merrill J. Fernando and his sons Dilhan and Malik ensure every pack of Dilmah reaches you fresh and full of flavor. As Merrill says, "my family cares for your tea, from the tea nursery right to your teacup."