Apr 16, 2019

Giving Children A World Of Hope

The new bakery building
The new bakery building

Ayubowan

Since our last report, we have found sufficient space in the grounds of the institution to support the exciting new bakery. It has been a long process to install electricity and water supplies to the building and the next step is for the commercial bakery supplier to move the huge and heavy equipment after the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations.

With your generous donations and the help of Wimbledon High School, we now have the funds to make this space into a fully operating bakery, with the potential to also become income generating in time.

Thanks to the Commissioner of the Southern Province we have found a great bakery teacher, and will begin classes in the next few weeks, 

The sewing classes within the institution are going amazingly well, and the teachers are training the girls in many styles of embroidery. With funds raised, we were able to donate a sewing machine to one of the girls who has recently left the institution to help her start a small business and become sustainable.

I can't wait for our next report to share news once this is fully operational which will undoubtedly help provide the girls with the much-needed experience to obtain employment outside of the institution as well as a fantastic new interest in learning cooking skills.

I hope you will continue your support by sending a small donation today of £10, this will supply the essential materials needed each week to help us continue building better lives for institutionalized young girls, to empower their dreams and give them their chance of a future, today.

Thank you for your support.

Best wishes,

Joel

Inside the building
Inside the building
Jan 17, 2019

Changing the future and repairing the past

Ayubowan

Over the last few last weeks, we have been surveying the institution to see how we can improve the usage of the bakery equipment as it needs more space and proper ventilation.

Thanks to your generous donations and with the help of Wimbledon High School, we almost have the funds to action a new building, and our Country Director Mr Percy has been busy getting quotes together for us to build a stand alone Bakery.

In the meantime, the Commissioner of the Southern Province is advertising for a suitable female teacher to fill this position, due to it being an all girls institution.

The girls have recently enjoyed painting the classroom we built last year. Through practising art, the girls are able to gain confidence in their skills, and practise self-expression.

In the next few weeks, we will be working on laying the foundations of the new Bakery building, electricity supplies have been applied for, and the girls are getting very excited about this new interest and opportunity to learn professional baking skills.

Thank you for your support.

Best wishes,

Joel

Sep 30, 2018

A bakery legacy, to train and empower 100 girls

Sewing Lesson - Fabric Work
Sewing Lesson - Fabric Work

Ayubowan 

Over the last few years, we have been working with Wimbledon High School & Inspire Worldwide on a girls for girls programme, with the aim of creating a legacy bakery in the girls institution. Their mission was to raise the money for a sustainable project and go to Sri Lanka to volunteer at the girls home, to make lasting memories by working together making art, music and participating in drama lessons, with the help of our teaching volunteer, Helen Blizard.

The Wimbledon girls fundraised hard and donated a wonderful Bakery (pictures below), which will not only provide life skills and vocational training to be enjoyed by 100 disadvantaged girls, but also the little children in the orphanage next door, who will benefit greatly from chewing bread (not eaten before) which will help develop mouth muscles and improve their speech, and is one of the biggest problems there.

They raised over £11,000 for the project and earlier this month, our Country Director Mr Percy puchased the equipment, installed it into the girls home, and is now finding a good bakery teacher to help develop skills to help them find jobs for future sustainability. We are hoping after a few months, we can start selling the baked goods to put deposits of money into each of the girls bank accounts, so that when they leave, they will have saved some money to support themselves.

Helen Blizard led the Wimbledon Girls 4 Girls programme in Sri Lanka. She organised the purchase of Prayer Saris, school uniforms, bags and sanitary aids with funds raised by Christ Hospital, Sussex.

With these items the girls can fit back into society without stigma or judgement having suffered rejection, punishment and separation from their babies.

After a week of art therapy sessions in the institution with Helen, the girls were allowed special permission to show off their painting skills by painting the wall outside the orphanage. Last painted by TFT in 2008 and badly in need of a freshen up!

Expression through our art programme has created sheer joy and pleasure for 100 girls, in what is otherwise a very bleak environment. Friends and families were encapsulated in much of the work produced.

A little goes a long way in Sri Lanka, but the legacy left behind of empowerment, hope and friendship ls an impenetrable gift, and worth much more than money could ever buy.

Thank you for your support.

Messages on a Memory Tree of Love
Messages on a Memory Tree of Love
Bakery Equipment for the bakery project
Bakery Equipment for the bakery project
Bakery Equipment for the bakery project 2
Bakery Equipment for the bakery project 2
Sewing Teacher - Fabric Work
Sewing Teacher - Fabric Work
Wall Painting 2
Wall Painting 2
School & Prayer Sari's
School & Prayer Sari's

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