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
Jan 14, 2021

A Hopeful Start 2021

Dear Friends and Supporters,

In November classes were put on hold again due to a high number of COVID-19 cases in the community, and last week, they could finally resume. In 2021 we expect cases to go down and with that volunteers will be able to visit again, to continue the teaching of art, music, drama, meditation, self-defence and to provide careers advice and counselling.

Thanks to your support we are creating educational opportunities for disadvantaged girls who are victims of violence and abuse, and are placed in harmful institutionalised care for their ‘protection’.

Sometimes, against all the odds, and with the worst possible start in life, they excel, and we are so pleased to share the news that Tharushi* has passed her GCE O’level with distinction, and completed her MS office and software technical knowledge qualification.

She dreams to further her education outside of the institution, and as she is now 18 years old, we plan to support ambitious girls like Tharushi* in 2021, in a safe transition home to empower, educate and elevate her into the workplace through an apprenticeship or job. At the same time, we are developing a foster care pilot, to place girls into loving families, so they can flourish in society, and begin the lives they deserve.

Thank you again for each of your donations and support.

Kind regards,

Joel

Nov 11, 2020

Overcoming Challenges During Times of Adversity

Table Runners
Table Runners

Dear friends and supporters,

I hope you and your families are keeping well. Your donations during these more than challenging times are more appreciated than ever.

Although our alternative family care training programmes have been temporarily paused because of the pandemic, we are now developing online training modules together with our global partners and with the appointment of our new TFT National Advocacy Manager for Alternative Family and Foster Care.

During the lockdown, we reached out further than we could have imagined and engaged with other interested organizations in Sri Lanka who we are looking forward to working with, and training in 2021.

TFT Heartbeat Centre has remained open and provides legal advice and pro-bono lawyering to women and girls suffering from sexual abuse and domestic violence. We are giving safe shelter to 6 abused teenage street girls, to keep them out of harmful orphanages, and providing them with education, meditation classes, and tutoring to build their confidence and help them gain the qualifications they need to change their lives. Amaya* here is determined to become a child rights lawyer, to prevent children like her from being sent to orphanages, and to remand homes with criminal offenders. They are victims and have suffered in ways too appalling to relate while their perpetrators go free, and they are so happy to feel safe together. 

Last month a girl called Shula arrived in the middle of the night by ambulance, she had been hospitalized after being abused by her mother’s boyfriend. Without the intervention of our lawyer, she would have been sent to a terrifying institution. Instead, she thought she had been sent to heaven. The girls pushed their beds together and gave her the comfort she desperately needed. Shula* has always lived in a mud hut, she wasn't used to anything but the soil on the floor, or a toilet or running water. She said she liked having electricity as she usually struggles to do her homework by moonlight and that she has never felt so happy.

Thank you to our fantastic supporters who have bought facemasks, recycled saree bags, and helped to buy seven looms to support vulnerable artisan mother entrepreneurs who were without income because of the pandemic. With a little online training, some beautiful table runners and placements have already been created for them to sell.

We are now looking for creative volunteers to help sell and market other products to support these vulnerable mothers which will enable them to feed and educate their children and prevent abandonment in orphanages through poverty. Please email me at joel@theirfuturetoday.com for more details of the volunteer role or products.

We are infinitely grateful to you.

Kind regards,

Joel

Table Runners
Table Runners
Amaya* studying for her exams
Amaya* studying for her exams
 
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