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Empowering 100 Disadvantaged Sri Lankan Girls

by Their Future Today
Empowering 100 Disadvantaged Sri Lankan 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.

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
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

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

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
School & Prayer Sari's

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