Jan 17, 2020

LIFE CHANGING NEWS FOR THE FUTURE GIRL BAKERS

Practising making pastries
Practising making pastries

Dear Friends and Supporters,

In November the girls had a month of yoga and dance classes from one of our volunteers to help with their mental wellbeing, making their normally dull days into fun experiences, learning about Yoga and expression through dance.

In December were invited to see the hugely successful TFT Bakery project in action, which is currently giving 72 abused and disadvantaged girls the opportunity to gain a qualification in baking, and as importantly, time out from their oppressive compound.

We were warmly greeted by the Matron, who conveyed how much the girls and staff enjoy baking and eating the different pieces of bread and cakes.

The girls made a traditional Sri Lankan Butter cake and jam buns, just enough to feed 72!

Later that day, a groundbreaking meeting was held with Jetwing Hotels, and they have agreed to offer ongoing training (with accommodation) when the girls leave the institution at 18 years old. This is breaking down age-old cultural stigmas and could be a lifeline to many so-called ‘bad girls’. Many have little choice other than resort to criminal activity or prostitution for their survival.  Statistics say these abused young girls are 500 times more likely to commit suicide. However, there is more to be done in between as they do not have the confidence or life skills needed to take up such an opportunity.

To take this project to the next level, we need to work hard on the girls Mental Health, Wellbeing and life skills. They need funds for resources as well as specialist volunteers in art, play, music, drama, psychotherapists, counsellors, meditation practitioners, careers advice, dance and sports teachers. Please pass on to any interested colleagues and friends who want to help turn around these young girls lives forever.

Thank you again to all our donors for your continued support in helping us to make this happen.

Yours sincerely,

Joel 

Yoga class
Yoga class
Dance class
Dance class
Oct 25, 2019

Making a Difference to 100 Disadvantaged Girls

Dear Friends and Supporters

Since the bakery opened in July, we have received so many positive comments from the girls, they told us how they are sooo happy with their new bakery project, 75% told us they want to become bakers in the future and personally thanked us.

We are aiming for this project being income generating for the girls, so that by the time they leave at 18 yrs old, they will leave with some money and an income generating gift to help them in their futures ahead. Since the start of this programme, Their Future Today has provided two sewing machines for two girls which has helped change their lives forever.

At our last visit the girls begged us to take a selfie as they love to look at themselves. In fact we’ve never seen a mirror in their surroundings. The institution has now been renamed as a Girls Remand Centre. How on earth can young under age girls who are raped and abused be on remand. Where are their human rights? It’s hard to believe this injustice but sadly it’s true...

Our bakery journey isn't over yet, as although we have water, electricity, supplies and the heavy commercial equipment has been fitted, we still need regular donations to provide the many kilos of sugar, flour, eggs and teaching staff!

Thank you again to all our donors for your continued support in helping us to make this happen.

Jul 29, 2019

Learning, laughing and baking cake!

Bakery Equipment Fitted
Bakery Equipment Fitted

Dear Friends & Supporters

We hope you will forgive our delay in reporting back to you, which is due to the horrific Easter Sunday Terror attacks where the country and its people were left hurt, shocked and afraid.  Schools and businesses were closed and many people were too scared to leave their homes for many weeks.

It has taken time for life to settle down but we are delighted to announce that despite many setbacks, the new TFT Bakery building is now open!

This wonderful opportunity for institutionalised girls to be able to learn a new skill is so exciting. Not only are they learning to bake but they are also having fun outside the confines of their usually grim and boring existence, and enjoying a different experience and new tastes. 

On completion of the course, they will receive NVQ certificates which will give them employment opportunities, and in time we plan to make the Bakery income-generating. 

This week, we received a field visit from Uma at Global Giving, who had the chance to taste some freshly made delicious chocolate and butter cake.. she said it was 'Yummy' and wished she could take some home with her! The girls were absolutely thrilled at her comments.

Uma was also impressed to see our TFT Girls Empowerment Sewing and Computer Projects which have been a huge success for many years in providing vocational skills training for the future.

Although up and running, our Bakery journey isn't yet over, as although we have water, electricity supplies and the heavy commercial equipment has been fitted, we still need a fridge, a freezer, more pots and pans and many kilos of sugar and flour! 

Many thanks to our donors for your continued support in helping us to make this happen.

We couldn't do it without you.  

Uma Bakery Visit
Uma Bakery Visit
Cakes made from the Bakery Project
Cakes made from the Bakery Project
Uma meeting our team
Uma meeting our team
 
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