Since 1980's, Assam has witnessed series of movements where people have been fighting for their rights over land, language, civil liberties rights and special reservation status for development. The tea garden workers also, who mostly live in the tea garden labour line, which has been more or less isolated from the mainstream, have gradually started participation by creating several demands for the development of the community.
In a study conducted on the health problems and nutritional status of tea garden population of Assam, it concludes that a high magnitude of under nutrition and infectious diseases exist among the tea garden population of Assam and till now nobody bothered.
After independence, seeing the pathetic condition of the plantation labour in the country (tea, coffee, rubber, etc.), the Parliament of India passed an Act called the Plantation Labour Act, 1951, (and as amended from time to time). Under this Act, the socio- economic development was assigned to the tea management companies who employ the labour for their production.
How does TeaOrb help the tea workers?
Keeping in mind about the Act, TeaOrb takes pledge to work on the similar lines. We create alternative ways to help sustainability of tea workers, by giving them facility to learn and earn together through recreational activities which will improve both their mental and physical health.
'I used to think, that greenhouse gas emissions from industrial activities was warming the planet. Upon research on the subject, I learnt that population explosion in developing countries was the root cause and the reason for poverty, which will contribute more than half of global CO2 emission by 2050'
'Another way is disrupting poverty by improving the living standards of workers as poor people have few pleasures besides sex to divert them. Squalor, moreover, imposes an inadequate diet, which draws the energy, and therefore the consciousness, downward in the body, toxically irritating the sex nerves.'
'Warming and cooling trends on earth depends to a great extent on mental vibrations. In many cases, the vibrations themselves are produced by people's thoughts. When those thoughts are violent-as they have been sometimes in the past-the climate itself becomes turbulent: The earth gets extra-cold winters, extra-hot summers-or, sometimes, hot winters and cold summers-for no apparent reason. And the earth may become violent, sprewing forth hot lava from its interior and creating great earthquakes, which in turn lead to huge tidal waves.' says Bahniman Kakati, Co Founder of TeaOrb
Music and Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change.
Apart from global environment change there is also a concern which diametrically affects the overall tea experience that is human trafficking. In 1948 slavery and the slave trade were outlawed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today over 30 million (Source: Google) people are enslaved worldwide: more than at any time in history.
The primary reason for enslavement is poverty and even in the most organized sector such as the tea industry; better wage is a dream for the tea pickers as their teas do not fetch remunerative price in the auction, making tea pickers vulnerable to human traffickers who promise better wage.
Therefore using technology as an enabler, we created, www.teaorb.com
, a Food & Beverage hybrid e-commerce marketplace for producers from NE India, to collectively deliver their finest and freshest produce directly to consumers worldwide and fetch a better price as there are no intermediaries, affecting their payment capacity for better wage to tea workers and disrupt human trafficking.
During the British era the tea workers were served with tea with salt popularly known as Chai Pani, as salt which was believed to help them to replace their essential salts in their body which they lose through sweating working in the scorching heat and humidity of the garden.
Later this trend became a health hazard activity as they were addicted towards it. This addiction added to hyper tension, stroke, Left ventricular hypertrophy, edema, and other kidney related disease. TeaOrb is trying to replace this hazardous traditional system including a change. We are going to replace it with proper health or energy drink so that they stay healthy and happy.