What We Do
Agness and Mebel – Secondary Scholars
Rare Charity was born from Rare Tea Company, an independent business based on direct trade, purchasing quality loose leaf tea at a price set by the farmers.
Founder Henrietta Lovell saw the possibility to invest further – by donating a percentage of revenue directly back into those tea communities.
Rare Charity started operating fully in 2019. We currently work in tea communities in Malawi, Africa.
Our tertiary educational scholarship programme enables individuals to become qualified professionals. Over half these scholarships will always be set aside for young women.
In 2020, we invested in girls at an earlier stage. After schools re-opened from closure due to Covid, we noticed that many girls had not returned. Reports agreed on a steep rise in child marriages. We invested in secondary scholarships to enable girls to choose education, to complete their secondary schooling and to fulfil their ambitions.
We know our programmes are working. Our focus is tight and direct. By working specifically in tea communities, we can see a concentrated positive impact as more of our scholars graduate and invest their skills as Doctors, Teachers, Midwives and Business Leaders.
Why Malawi and Why now?
Malawi has the world’s lowest enrolment rate for tertiary education. 70% of its population lives on less than $1.90 per day. The majority of people live in rural areas, and so remain most vulnerable to food insecurity, low wages, insufficient medical care and poor sanitation. The pandemic has exposed Malawi’s severe need to build capacity. In a country of nearly 20 million people, there are 600 registered doctors. We cannot change this situation, but we can equip the next generation of Malawians to change it.
Funding education where opportunities are rare but talent is not
Wongani, Rare Graduate
Tom oversees all operations and programming. He leads on strategy, fundraising and growth.
Andrew leads delivery of our work in Malawi, managing and developing local operations and scholar support.
Esnarth supports our operations in Malawi. Her role focuses on outreach programmes, scholar communication and due diligence.
Rare Charity grew out of Rare Tea Company
Our running costs are largely met by Rare Tea Company, but we now seek urgent funds to expand our scholarship programme, and meet urgently growing needs.