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Tea Village, India

Susan Kessler | Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

Boy in a one-room school house.

At the foothills of the Himalayas, in West Bengal, India, lies the city of Darjeeling. It’s elevation of 6,710 ft. (2,050 m.) above sea level, combined with it’s cool, moist climate, rich soil and generous amounts of rainfall come together to create perfect conditions for growing and producing tea—for which the region has become world-renown.

Tea workers and their families receive modest housing, an education for their children, monetary allowances, and other benefits. However, they are still living in poverty, and have very few employment options outside of the tea plantation. Under Mercy Corps, the C.H.A.I. project in Darjeeling is helping those families who live and work on the tea estates. 

Photographing people of different cultures creates bonds and empathy for others, as we realize the common thread of humanity that connects us all. This understanding and compassion in turn, can lead to a more peaceful coexistence among diverse populations.





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