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Funding education where opportunities are rare but talent is not.
Rare Charity offers access to education to talented people from tea communities. Tea gardens represent some of the most marginalised areas in many of the world’s poorest countries. Our aim is to give ambitious individuals the agency to implement long-term change - in their own ways and on their own terms.
About Henrietta Lovell
When Rare Tea Company began working with Satemwa Tea Garden in Malawi, its founder Henrietta Lovell decided to re-invest a percentage of revenue directly back into the surrounding community. She asked people what change they would most like to see. Their consistent answer was: "That our children's lives can be better than our own." Henrietta asked them how she could help them achieve this. The answer here was unanimous: Education for our children. Rare Charity was founded to respond to this need. While some of our core costs are met by Rare Tea Company, we now seek funds to expand our scholarship programmes to meet urgently growing needs.
per month contributes to healthcare and materials
per month covers a girl’s secondary school boarding fees for a year
per month enables us fully to support the entire boarding school education for a marginalised girl who would otherwise have no access to school
per month supports an average 4-year degree in Malawi
Scholars in their own words
Graduates will help transform Satemwa’s community by starting well established businesses that will employ others.
I chose to be a midwife to serve others through my work. It seemed to me the best way to care for people when they really need care.
I want to be a guardian of public health, to make sure that the health of the population is being taken care of properly.
Sylvia BSc Pharmacy Student
My ambition is to become the best female biomedical engineer who will be able to design and make reliable hospital equipment that do not break easily.
Joyce Biomedical Engineering Student
Agriculture provides a viable way to harvest success and to grow a sustainable future for our nation.
Chisomo BSc Agriculture Student
Malawi is endowed with abundant indigenous knowledge systems which if not studied will draw to the verge of ceasing to exist.
Faith Indigenous Knowledge Systems Student
My favourite subject is Biology. When I finish school, I want to be a nurse.
Olivia Secondary Scholar
Why do we focus on education?
Education allows girls to avoid early marriages and act as role models to their peers. Education has an impact beyond individuals. Education enables individuals to transform their households, their communities, their industry and eventually their nation.
Your charity and the scholars it supports are inspirational.
Dr. Darren Watt University of Edinburgh, Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems
Since 2016 the charity has funded 17 scholars through higher education. The impact is remarkable … The organization is exceptionally well-run, and benefits from an active board of trustees.
The Fore Trust
One of the great things about Rare Charity is that, in addition to providing the financial, emotional, logistical support to get girls through high school and support undergraduates, you can help the wider world, such as US universities, understand how talented these scholars are, and how worthy they are of investment and opportunity.
Professor Kathleen Halvorsen Associate Vice President for Research Development, Michigan Tech University