How did we start our work?Mother's Wish Foundation

The co-founders, thought it fitting to compose a wish list based on the basic needs and suggestions of the women on the estates:

      • Have an ample food supply to feed their children a nutritious meal
      • Be able to provide clothes to dress their children
      • Have a safe home to keep their families
      • All children have the chance to get a good education at a local school.
      • Be able to spend more time with their children

Mother's Wish FoundationBased on this concise wishlist, the co-founders then listed out the factors that got in the way of granting them:

      • Social problems such as alcoholism, abuse and language conflict.
      • Improper administrative systems, such as languages used for company-employee communication and payment systems
      • Improper employee care programs, such as health care, food rations, land allocations and education available.
      • Pre-existing national bodies, such as the government and labor unions

Changes made so farMother's Wish Foundation

      • Every individual employee must collect their own paycheck on payday
      • All official communication made on behalf of the company with the employees is in Sinhalese and Tamil
      • Each employee now has life insurance
      • For each kilogram of tea plucked, one rupee is set aside in a savings account for each child a tea plucker has, so that something is put aside for the children’s basic needs aside from what the company provides.
      • Each tea factory now has a bakery extention that runs on the excess heat generated from tea production. The bakeries provide breakfast and lunch to each member of the tea company.
      • Land is allocated for farming fruits and vegetables that are sold locally to community members
      • All biodegrable waste from farming activities are used to make 100% organic compost which is then used to fertilize the tea and farm lands throughout the estates.

Testimonials

“Everything begins with baby steps, and that is how we began, one step at a time, each step going from strength to strength”

Viki Alles-Crouch-Founder MWF

“To look into the eyes of these children was like making a covenant with God, we had to do something”

“We were no longer just giving them a chance; they were blossoming”