The Learning Tea

chaipainChai Pani Decatur and the Rotary Club of Atlanta West End partnered to raise $8,509 on Sunday evening, June 9, at a private fundraising dinner event benefitting The Learning Tea. Hosted at Chai Pani, the event attracted nearly 100 guests and community leaders who share a vision to educate, empower and protect young women in India.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit The Learning Tea’s mission to provide life scholarships to impoverished young women in India by giving them the opportunity to continue their education at the university level. The Learning Tea covers complete tuition and living costs for young scholars while providing a safe and stable dormitory living environment.

“We are eternally grateful for the support of Chai Pani and the Rotary Club of Atlanta West End, and pleased that our organizations share similar visions of educating and empowering young people,” said Katrell Christie, founder of The Learning Tea. “While record numbers of young women remain in need, The Learning Tea will be able to connect more of them with the programs that can ensure a brighter future for all women in India.”

Lead founder and executive director of Ivy Preparatory Academy Charter Schools, Dr. Nina Gilbert, addressed guests on the challenges and importance of educating the next generation of global leaders. Renowned composer and violinist Paul Mercer performed throughout the evening while guests enjoyed a traditional Indian feast prepared by Chai Pani executive chef Meherwan Irani. The lineup of specially prepared, off-the-menu appetizers and entrees included authentic Indian favorites such as baingan bharta (roasted eggplant smoked with hardwood, ghee and aromatics, cooked down with spices, tomatoes and cream into a spicy relish), arangaon chicken curry (Ashley Farms bone-in chicken stewed with cinnamon, curry leaves and roasted coconut) and aloo muttar gobi (an Indian staple – cauliflower, peas, and potatoes cooked in a spicy tomato-onion broth). Kyle Beach, head bartender at MG Road, Chai Pani’s lauded Bollywood-influenced bar and lounge, created a lineup of signature cocktails just for the event.

Founded in 2009, The Learning Tea currently sponsors eleven young women in Darjeeling, India in their quest to achieve higher education and more secure futures. A new center in Calcutta, India will be opening later this year with nine young women in attendance. Christie’s goal is to accept twelve women into each program at a time, ensuring one-on-one, quality education for each student. More information about The Learning Tea can be found by visiting


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