Established by Axxent Masters in Tea in 2009
The founders of Axxent Tea Masters, wanted to give something back to the countries where they have been manufacturing their unique and beautiful tea products with the help of the local population. Bringing knowledge and employment was not enough for the owners of Axxent. From the first day they visited Sri Lanka, they were touched by the warmth of the people and the poverty in which some unfortunately still life. In 2009 they founded the Fair Grounds Foundation with its primary objective to improve the living and working conditions of people in tea producing countries.
After a thorough evaluation of various projects, they choose to build a nursery, a so called pre school. In 2010 they began with the construction of this nursery on the Bogawantalawa tea estate Norwood, New Valley Division in Sri Lanka. Total project investment amounted up to 17,500 US dollars, whats been definitely worth every Penny. Today 25-40 children, mainly children of tea pluckers, still enjoy the good nursery in a nice and clean accommodation with good sanitation. The owners of Axxent visit Sri Lanka a few times per year and always pay a visit to the project. It remains their responsibility to keep the nursery in a good condition. Building of many more nurseries by the Foundation followed.
On the packaging of various tea products among which Sunleaf Original Teas, you will find the Fair Grounds certfication mark. Since the Fair Grounds Foundation will also be active in India from 2021, a new logo has been created. Where the outlines of Sri Lanka are visible in the previous logo, the new logo is not geographically bound. A cheerful logo that refers to the elements that ensure a delicious cup of tea: sun, earth, the tea plant and water.
The wordings 'Fair' and 'Grounds' in the Foundation name stand for fair deals, fair reason, fair planet and fair motivation of ones behaviour. .
Board of the Foundation consists of the following people:
- Pim J. Oostrom, president
- Arnoud J. Francken, vice president
- Margriet Oostrom, secretary
The board members do not get a salary.
Besides donations, funds are created by reserving a fixed amount of € 0,50 per kilo sales of, among others, Sunleaf Original Teas (www.sunleaf.nl), a quality tea brand produced in Sri Lanka.
The Foundation is established in November 2009, is a Public Benefit Organization (ANBI charities) and is registered at the Chamber of Commerce under number 30273952 / RSIN 8215 06 316.
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