Redefining how we drink tea!
Every minute, a child dies from a completely preventable disease - malaria. In response, Faiths Act asked people worldwide to host a SolidariTea - highlighting the importance of the human right to health. A SolidariTea is where people come together over tea, coffee, you name it- while working together to tackle deaths from malaria.
India: Faiths Act Fellows in conjunction with The Baha’i House in New Delhi hosted a SolidariTea, inviting different faith communities to create a “SolidariTree” – a tree whose leaves could be used for participants to write their plans for social action. The discussion groups at the SolidariTea were composed of a myriad of faiths but also of different castes. Learn more about the Solidaritea in India
Sierra Leone: During their training to become Malaria Faith Ambassadors in their local communities, Christian and Muslim faith leaders in Sierra Leone enjoyed a SolidariTea break.
The excited faith leaders created a banner that featured painted handprints as a declaration that they will use their hands as tools for social action in order to save lives from malaria. See See photos and learn more about the Sierra Leone Solidaritea.
Madagascar: For their second annual SolidariTea, the major hospital in Antananarivo, Madagascar showed some solidarity with a Christmas feast for sick children. They invited religious leaders to help hand out treats to the patients.
Canada: At the University of Toronto, students came together for a SolidariTea at the university's Multi-faith Centre. Tea cups served up hot tea and thought provoking questions like, "What would you sacrifice to make the world better?", "What do you live for?", and "What is a quote/piece of scripture you try to live by?" Learn more about the Solidaritea at the University of Toronto
United Arab Emirates & Pakistan: Dozens of schools through Faiths Act’s sister programme, Face to Faith, celebrated UN Days with SolidariTeas.
These are just few of the many SolidariTeas that happened around the world. You can see more of them in our flickr galleries.
Thank you to those who participated in hosting a SolidariTea this year. All funds raised through SolidariTeas went to Faiths Act’s work in Sierra Leone where we are working in partnership with government and religious leaders to help educate communities on how to prevent malaria. We have already reached thousands of households and demonstrated that lives can be saved when faith communities work together.