Firstly, we’re particularly excited that this is the first time that UNICEF has done this type of project on a tea estate in Malawi.
The plan is to build two Early Childhood Development Centres in South Malawi where many of the tea estates are. Local people will be recruited and trained to manage and deliver the things that the children need.
The partnership won’t stop there, there are also plans for parents and carers to be given help and advice on parenting and the care and development of children. Employers will also be supported to help them understand the importance of children’s rights and how these apply to where they work.
“Bar Kenya, we buy more tea from Malawi than any other tea producing country in the world and have been supporting projects in the country for many years. We’re proud to be partnering with Unicef UK for this new initiative, which is a first for tea estates in Malawi. We hope that the impact of the project will be felt immediately once the new Early Childhood Development Centres are built and ready for use and look forward to helping achieve long term change for families and children, through the wider programme of communication and support.”