May 12, 2021

Seeking Justice for Innocent Girls

Dear Friends and Supporters,


Loss of freedom and isolation has affected almost every human being on the planet during the Covid 19 pandemic. None more so than victimized young girls, who are rejected by their families and locked up in confined and oppressive institutions to ‘protect’ them from their abusive perpetrators. All dignity and human rights are lost, often for years,


In the 21st century, this situation seems absurd, and to many unbelievable, but it’s true, and we are advocating at a national level for system change to introduce an alternative family and foster care policy, to end institutionalization for all children.

As part of this theory of change model, we have set up the TFT Heartbeat Centre to provide probono lawyering, safe shelter, and education, to keep single mothers and their babies together, and innocent girls out of institutions. This TFT project can be found under gender equality if you would like to donate.


While this archaic system does exist, amazing GlobalGiving supporters like you have helped us to give a voice and provide vital life skills and opportunities in the way of emotional support, schooling, and vocational training in preparation for the outside world, to help them successfully survive and thrive when they are released at 18 years old. Without self-esteem and education, the alternative is often crime, prostitution, and suicide.


Covid-19 cases are rising rapidly in Sri Lanka, schools are closed indefinitely, and only government workers are allowed to work inside state institutions, which means our IT, sewing, embroidery, and bakery teaching classes have disappointingly had to pause again.


Thankfully the girls have been allowed to continue to use the TFT bakery with skills already learned, and this has been their greatest pleasure during these unimaginably difficult times.


On a positive note, we are very pleased to report that we have finally received permission from the government to install WiFi and the technology needed to provide online classes, which will not only mean that we can expand our vocational training programme, but 20 girls who are studying O’levels with the schoolbooks we provide, will now have the facility to reconnect with their schools and complete their examinations.


Thank you again for each of your donations and continued support.


Kind regards,
Joel

Mar 12, 2021

Celebrating International Women's Week

Dear friends and supporters,

I hope you and your families are keeping well and safe.

International Women's Day week is giving an opportunity to raise awareness about injustice and gender inequality globally. At TFT we are compelled to draw attention to the injustices of women and girl survivors of physical and sexual abuse in Sri Lanka, and we continue to shine a light and advocate for social and cultural change at the highest possible level.

The courageous stories we share here are heart-breaking and true and modified for palatable reading.

Victims as young as 10 years old, some with babies, are cast out by their families having suffered all kinds of abuse. They are forced to stand up for themselves in court and are then locked up in remand homes and institutions for their 'protection,' losing their right to a formal education while their perpetrators go free. This is the system.

Our Heartbeat Centre in Colombo is now providing an alternative solution to institutionalisation as part of our alternative family and foster care programme and is helping to build resilience in courageous and strong girls, some of who are care leavers, who want to create a safe reality for their own children, and enact their own visions of change.

Isuri's Story

Isuri's parents separated ten years ago and left her in a shop doorway. The owners picked her up and fed her only milk. Her mother claimed her back but ill-treated her. She ran away and drank poison. The doctors saw her fingers moving when she was in the mortuary. She recovered and was sent to prison. A police officer tried to use sexual violence and she bit his hand.

Isuri fought with everyone and tried to escape, and was recently brought to Heartbeat Centre. It has taken time for her to settle down, as she has never felt love or kindness before. She said she is now scared of a future away from the Heartbeat Centre and is determined to work hard towards becoming a policewoman.

Through theraputic exercises, education, and love, we are uplifting the girl's spirits and helping them to overcome their trauma to develop healthy and self-sufficient lives, and keeping them and their children out of harmful institutions.

Domestic violence and abuse cases have risen sharply during the pandemic and there is a growing demand for our services. Together we can give these young women and girls a future, please donate so we can continue our work.

Kind regards,

Joel

Feb 16, 2021

Feeding Covid-19 affected families and creating livelihoods

Donation of food and medical supplies
Donation of food and medical supplies

Dear friends and supporters,

We hope you and your families are staying well.

Covid-19 confirmed cases have been rising in Sri Lanka. Many poor families are testing positive, and must  strictly isolate at home for 14 days, making basic food supplies almost impossible to obtain. Schools were closed again from October to January and children are suffering from malnutrition without a vital school meal.

In response, and with help from the local police, our Country Director Mr Percy delivered nutritious dried food parcels, with vegetables, eggs, milk powder, rice, dhal, flour, sugar, soya meat, ayurvedic medicines, soaps and mixed seeds to 25 sick and vulnerable families, who have quarantine notices outside their homes, instead of opening TFT preschool as a food bank again, to limit the spread of the virus.

Two acres of crops have grown over the last few months which benefited 30 poorest families in the Southern province, and 19 TFT housemothers also participated in the planting and agricultural crop training.

Among the crops cultivated were eggplant, okra, spinach, papaya, bitter gourd, this spike, potato mayo. This is providing sustainability and valuable nutrition.

Thanks to the fantastic support we have received from our donors, a new season of planting is about to begin, and we will be providing a new livelihood programme to give poor families the tools and training they need for their future sustainability, which will include poultry farming, basket weaving and coir making.

Kind regards,

Joel

Donation of food and medical supplies
Donation of food and medical supplies
Family allotment project
Family allotment project
Crops for the community
Crops for the community
Crops for the community
Crops for the community
Crops for the community
Crops for the community
 
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