Oct 19, 2020

Supporting The Community With Crops And Food Parcels

Sustainable Gardens
Sustainable Gardens

Dear friends and supporters,

I hope you and your families are keeping well during these tumultuous times.

Thanks to your donations, and the dedication and hard work of our Country Director Mr Percy, Galle police and local supporters we've provided a total 157,500 meals to vulnerable families in the Southern province, Kandy area and Mannar district.

Mr Percy has provided agricultural training to local villagers, TFT teachers and housemothers. They planted crops and seedlings of snake gourd, brinjal, ridge gourd, spinach, long beans, lime and ladies fingers on his land, in the kitchen garden at TFT International Preschool, and in the grounds at Ruhunu orphanage.

They’re now bearing fruits and vegetables and providing continued sustenance to families suffering severe hardship. We’ve never been more needed, and although our funds are at an all-time low, with the help of you, our fantastic supporters, we remain optimistic to keep children together in families, educated and out of orphanages for as long as we possibly can.

We are infinitely grateful to all our donors who have helped us continue to support these families, your continued support has never been so appreciated.

Kind regards,

Joel

Sustainable Gardens for the local community
Sustainable Gardens for the local community
Ruhunu Housemothers
Ruhunu Housemothers
Community Garden
Community Garden
Sep 16, 2020

Their Future Today Bakery now open!

Dear friends and supporters,

Since pausing our bakery, sewing and computer programmes in March due to strict lockdowns and indefinite curfews to prevent the virus from spreading, we have successfully provided soaps, seeds, sanitizers and food to make over 20,000 nutritious meals for desperate families who were barely surviving without a daily wage.

A big thanks to Mr Percy our country director and the local police, who worked tirelessly to made these donations happen safely.

We are pleased to annouce that all classes have now resumed with joy and glee and the smell of delicious cake is filling the air once again. Although our plans of getting volunteer specialists to visit to teach art, music, drama as well as counselling, meditation, self-defence classes, careers advice, dance, and sports teachers has been delayed, we are working hard to ensure these are able to happen before the end of this year, whether it be online or in person.
Our bakery project has so far provided much more than just skills training, it has also created fun and laughter to girls who are incarcerated through no fault of their own.

We are infinately grateful to all our donors who have helped us continue to support these girls, your continued support has never been so appreciated.

Kind regards,

Joel

May 20, 2020

Our response to Covid 19

Providing staff with antibacterial soap and masks
Providing staff with antibacterial soap and masks

Dear friends and supporters,

In January we made a positive agreement with the National Childcare Services to help assist young girls in 2020 with their mental health and wellbeing in addition to our vocational training programme. We planned specialist volunteer visits to teach art, play, music, drama as well as provide counsellors, meditation practitioners, empowerment and self-defence classes, careers advice, dance, and sports teachers.

But in March, in response to the Coronavirus, the Sri Lankan government enforced strict lockdowns and indefinite curfews to prevent the virus from spreading. Due to this, we have had to temporarily pause our plans including the bakery, sewing and computer programmes as teachers are not permitted to leave their homes.

We are now planning to install the technology required for online education.

The health and safety of the children and families we support are paramount, and we immediately provided caregiver staff with the protective resource equipment and antibacterial soaps to ensure the girls and the babies in the orphanage next door are safe. 

Since then we have been working hard to help prevent child abandonment in families of poor daily wage earners who are now trapped between hunger and risk of the virus as they are unable to work because of the lockdown.

A temporary food bank was set up in our TFT International Preschool to donate emergency food and soap parcels, which are now are providing a lifeline to keep vulnerable families fed, healthy and together. 

The demand is huge, and April was emotionally and physically challenging to control the desperate crowds who arrived 3 hours early at 6am. 

Thanks to our country director Mr Percy, his curfew pass, the support of our team and Officers in Charge of Galle Police, we have so far donated 1050 food parcels to feed families of six for seven days including pregnant mothers and disabled children in the Southern Province, and includes 100 infants in the Mannar District. The supplies include rice, dhal, vegetables, eggs, flour, sugar, milk powder and biscuits. 

We are grateful to all our donors during these difficult times for all, and your continued support is even more special and appreciated. 

Yours sincerely,

Joel

Queuing families waiting for food parcels
Queuing families waiting for food parcels
Food parcel
Food parcel
Food parcels
Food parcels
Mannar District food parcel donations
Mannar District food parcel donations
Families queuing for parcels
Families queuing for parcels
 
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