NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA - At the 7th annual North American Tea Conference Emrok Tea was awarded the Gold Medal award for "Best Social Sustainability Initiative".
This impressive prize was awarded to Emrok Tea Factory for its Worldreader project at the Ngererit Primary School located near Kericho, Kenya.
The competition attracts attendees from a variety of countries including Argentina, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Germany, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malawi, Scotland, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom and the USA. It enables industry professionals to connect with executive management, marketers, growers, importers, retailers, suppliers and packers as they gain in-depth knowledge about the current and future state of the industry.
According to the Tea Association of Canada web site, "the purpose of these new awards is to celebrate good work, bring such work to the attention of the tea industry more widely, and encourage others to replicate good practice. Several prominent tea growers participated in the competition and achieved recognition for their efforts.
Emrok Tea partnered with Quest Foundation, Worldreader and individual donors to raise $20,000 to provide e-reading as a solution for the students of Ngererit. In May 2016, Worldreader sent two BLUE (Building Literacy Using E-Books) Boxes to the school, which provided 100 Kindles each loaded with 100 culturally relevant e-books. BLUE Boxes contain everything needed to bring digital reading to a school, which includes the e-readers, books (schools can choose from our library of 40,000 books in 43 different languages), accessories, and Worldreader’s 7+ years of expertise in the field.
The fundraising continues to expand this program at Ngererit Primary School. Please go to https://www.classy.org/fundraise?fcid=503682 if you would like to contribute. All monies collected through this link go to Worldreader and the school.
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