At Smith Teamaker, one of our company goals is to give back in a meaningful way to the people harvesting our carefully selected teas. To achieve this goal, we have partnered with local non-profit Mercy Corps and are contributing funds to an educational program called SERP (School Education Retention Program).
Based in tea gardens in Assam, India, SERP provides free academic coaching via community-sourced teachers to disadvantaged secondary school students. This additional attention provides the students with the tools they need to pass exams and continue to college, for which scholarships are available.
To date, the small team at Smith has positively impacted the lives of 1200 students and 100% of them who passed their final board exam have gone on to college. To donate to SERP in honor of Steve and to learn more, visit the Steven Smith Memorial Fundraiser at MercyCorps.org.