giving back

At Chai Pani, being a part of a community is about giving back – locally and worldwide. We make donations to support many local and international causes. Two projects that are close to our hearts are: the Meher Free Dispensary and The Learning Tea.

Meher Free Dispensary

Meher Fund, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting the Meher Free Dispensary in rural India. The Meher Free Dispensary provides free medical care to the poor and under-served living in an area of Western India, near the city of Ahmednagar, in Maharashtra State, Meherwan’s home town.

The Meher Free Dispensary operated out of a single room until 1978, when patient demand necessitated the construction of a multi-room facility. Over the years, as the number of patients coming to the Dispensary steadily increased, even that building could not meet the growing medical needs of the region. In 2006, the Meher Free Dispensary opened a beautiful, new 7,350 square foot 18 room facility. Because of this expansion, the Dispensary was able to comfortably handle almost 25,000 patient visits in 2011.


As a family practice, the Dispensary treats patients of all ages for acute and chronic illnesses, as well as pre-natal and post-natal care and other services. Common medical problems in the region include diabetes, epilepsy, various infections, and health issues arising from poor nutrition and lack of sanitation. The Dispensary also provides partial or total reimbursement to needy patients when outside examinations, treatments, hospitalizations or surgeries are required.

The Dispensary currently has four full-time and two part-time physicians, and approaches healing using a combination of allopathic (traditional Western), ayurvedic (traditional Indian), homeopathic, Chinese, and chiropractic methods. Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals from around the world also volunteer their services at the Meher Free Dispensary, supplementing the permanent staff.

The Meher Free Dispensary is supported entirely through donations from those who feel drawn to help.

The Learning Tea

The Learning Tea’s mission is to provide life scholarships to impoverished young women in India by giving them the opportunity to continue their education through university. The Learning Tea pays for complete tuition and living costs for their young scholars while providing a safe and stable dormitory living environment.


The Learning Tea founder Katrell Christie traveled to India in the summer of 2009 on a Rotary Club funded project to help women in the small village of Hyderebad establish a handicraft that their husbands could sell at market.

Along the way, Katrell witnessed the devastating poverty that many young women face—often because of the lack of education opportunities available to them—and vowed to help assist a small orphanage in the Darjeeling region of West Bengal, India with much needed uniforms, school supplies, and shoes for its young scholars.

Aiding  the orphanage encouraged Katrell to do more for young women in the region affected by the forced labor, sex exploitation, and child trafficking industries so rampant in the West Bengal region. From this experience, The Learning Tea was born when, in 2010, Katrell fully committed herself to funding the university educations of 3 orphaned girls in Darjeeling.

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100% of our proceeds go to the scholars.