Arun is the youngest Director on the board; bringing necessary youthful insight, energy & a wealth of ideas to the TEAm. Educated (Trilingual in Tamil, Sinhala and English), he is already business proven and owns valuable experience of working for charitable causes prior to joining the project. An excellent communicator. Above all Arun is genuine; his kindness shines through. He has a willingness to go the extra mile for the children we work for and utilises his skills to help the project to realise our vision & achieve it's mission.
Director of Centre Operations
I choose to travel with love, forgiveness, empathy, aspiration, self-awareness, patience and calm. Consciously or not, directly or not directly, in the short or long term, whatever we do, whatever we hope, whatever we dream-somehow, is related to a deep, profound desire for well-being and happiness.
I have realized and found that my happiness relies on lifting others and caring others, devoting my time in making a difference in the life of others. I dream and desire to see children in marginalized communities living a life full of happiness, meeting their potentials and seeing their dreams come true. I believe in change. A little progress every day adds up to big results.
Dr. Sulochana Segera
One of Sri Lanka’s leading social entrepreneurs, trainers and motivational speakers; Dr. Segera is Chairperson of Women In Management (WIM).
Also a trainer for The British Council’s ‘Active Citizen’ project, the Youth Parliament of Sri Lanka and a certified trainer for IFC on Women in Boards. Dr. Segera has been a facilitator on many female entrepreneurships, empowerment and gender related programmes conducted by national and international organizations; among them the UN, the UNDP, the EU, the IFC and Swiss Labour. She also sits in the Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Skill Development, Employment and Labour Relations.Credited with training over 5,000 police officers, 30,000 micro women entrepreneurs and motivating over 30,000 school children on personality building.
Dr Segara is an inspiration & advocate for the children The T.E.A. Project is proud to work for and inspirational member of the TEAm.
TrusTEA & Co-Founder
Her career has been dedicated to improving life chances and promoting rights for vulnerable children and young people. A recognised Children’s Rights Trainer, Advocate, Participation Manager and Education Consultant Racheal has vast experience developing standards; working in collaboration with organisations and service users.
TrusTEA & Co-Founder
Carl is best described as a creative element. He brings a coloured and varied wealth of professional value to the project; gathered from decades of travel, work, education and life experience. Carl attributes his achievements to his friends, family and an unrelenting personal resolve.
TrusTEA and Eco-warrior
Hazel graduated in Development studies and then travelled the world fulfilling her passion for diving; completing her Dive Master in Malaysian Borneo. Her passion for protecting the environment led her to roles in Local Government Boroughs of London; lessening the harmful effect of waste on the environment and the planet. Hazel emigrated to New Zealand with her daughter and husband and is currently working in Auckland managing waste contracts on the beautiful Huraki Gulf Islands.
Central to both of my careers as a Community Dance Artist and more recently as an Occupational Therapist has been the desire to support people to discover and fulfill their potential.
As someone who comes from relatively humble beginnings, l know from direct experience that access to activities helped develop my skills and my confidence from an early age. It made a positive difference to the opportunities l had and the choices l made in my adult life. My wish is that l can play a part in supporting and guiding the project and ultimately make a positive difference to the most disadvantaged children in Sri Lanka.
Tharindu is a professional Social Worker who is always seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another in order to make people understand about their strengths and empower them to have a quality of life.
I'm an undergraduate at the University of Sri Jayawardhanapura (external), currently a second year student. Also I am a Dhamma school teacher since 2013. I am currently engaged in many social welfare works in my village as well as in the Gangawata Koralae secretarial Division.
Youth Empowerment Service (Y E.S.) Co-ordinator
I am following my Bachelor of Arts Degree from university of Kalaniya. I am a former member of Youth Parliament of National Youth Services Council.
Also I was a National Board member of National Federation of Youth Clubs of National Youth Services Council. Currently working as a Sinhala language teacher. I'm a Trainer of sexual and Reproductive Health (SRHR) and Leadership Skills Development. Also I'm working as a full time VolunTEAr at Service Civil International Organisation. Also I work with many local organisations as a volunTEAr.
Int. VolunTEAr Co-Ordinator & TrusTEA
Christin has graduated in Adult Education / Vocational Training and English Studies. Her interest in cultures brought her to many corners of the world. Being driven by her open, inquisitive and compassionate nature and listening to many different life stories, her desire grew to do something meaningful and help disadvantaged people.
Lushmina is the senior TEAcher at Tiny T.E.A. Preschool. She has completed G.C.E. (Advanced Level) Examination and she scored 85.5% in Srilankan Government Grama Niladhari Examination.
She has worked as an assistant TEAcher at a local preschool for a six month period. Living in TEA Estates since her childhood she identified the significance of helping children uplift their lives. Currently she enjoys working with Tiny T.E.A. children with great pleasure and she looks forward to seeing more dynamic changes in their lives.
Keerthika is the assistant TEAcher at Tiny T.E.A. Preschool. She has completed her Advanced Level Examination and she has followed a TEAcher Training Course. Her goal is to meditate on the educational activities through drawings. She tries her best to be a role model.
Youth Board Coordinator
Raakheesha manages The T.E.A. Youth Board. She loves working with young people supporting them to recognize their specialities and encouraging them to show case their skills and abilities. She is passionate about exploring, traveling and learning new things and engaging herself in social and spiritual activities.
F.O.O.D. Programme Coordinator
Sandaya Kumari is the F.O.O.D. Programme Coordinator at The T.E.A. Project. She is educated up to Ordinary Level and is good at sewing clothes as well as cooking delicious food. She has a wonderful experience of making healthy and nutritious food as she used to work abroad as a maid for more than than ten years. She sing songs with her son as a hobby.
Corporate Fundraising Officer
Nicola has held a number of different marketing and communication positions including Head of Internal Communications and Creative for ICAP
I enjoy experimenting with cooking different cuisines, sport, music, travel and culture and art.
I dream for more equality and opportunity in the world.
I'm an experienced marketer with a passion towards brand optimization and brand building. I have also planned and coordinated many charitable projects as the vice president of SLIM student council in Kandy which encouraged me further to get involved in programs to serve the society in need. I love to allocate my time in helping people and animals as I'm passionate to enlighten the lives of the needy. Whenever I get free time I love to explore places to admire the creations of nature. My dream is to actively engage and implement a program to create a sustainable tomorrow by spreading love, kindness & positivity across the whole world and to create an impactful change for our future generations.
Web Developer & I.T Co-Ordinator
Carolina is The T.E.A. Project’s Web Developer and IT Co-Ordinator, responsible for developing, maintaining and monitoring our website. She loves all things tech, travelling and learning new things. When not coding, she can be found outside with her dogs or enjoying a good cup of coffee or both.
Naleen is a professionally qualified Chartered Accountant in CA Sri Lanka and Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) in Australia. With over 20 years experience in the accounting, banking and finance, real estate, audit/assurance and pharmaceutical industries in both Sri Lanka and Australia.