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Empowering 100 Disadvantaged Sri Lankan Girls

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Empowering 100 Disadvantaged Sri Lankan Girls
Empowering 100 Disadvantaged Sri Lankan Girls
Empowering 100 Disadvantaged Sri Lankan Girls

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

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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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    Furnished Classroom

    Hello Supporters

    Ayubowan!

    We are excited to announce the classrooms is now furnished!

    Our sewing classes within the facility are going fantastically, and the teachers are training the girls in embroidery and bagmaking.

    Our wonderful professional teacher and volunteer Helen will be coming back in July with art therapy and drama sessions which we hope everyone will enjoy.

    We are still in need of more donations to create the library, as well as books and the resources necessary for teaching English and IT skills.

    Please share our campaign with friends and family to help us continue building better lives for institutionalized young girls to empower their dreams and give them their chance of a future, today.

    Best wishes

    Joel

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    Furnished Classroom
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    Classroom

    Hello Supporters

    Thanks to your generous donations we have now built the classroom and have ordered desks and chairs. We are hoping for the next update to have raised enough funds for a qualified English teacher. 

    We are providing sewing classes within the facility, and the teachers are training the girls in embroidery and dressmaking.

    Our wonderful professional teacher and volunteer Helen has created magic with art therapy sessions and everyone really enjoyed painting on canvas for the first time.

    Helen also held singing and music classes. Here is their song, which brought tears to our eyes.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxauOwTM56bMaWpsbWJMeUJVU2c/view

    We are still in need of more donations to create the library, as well as books and the resources necessary for teaching English and IT skills.

    Please share our campaign with friends and family to help us continue building better lives for institutionalized young girls to empower their dreams and give them their chance of a future, today.

    Best wishes

    Joel

    Sewing teachers with example products
    Sewing teachers with example products
    Artwork produced by the girls for Art Therapy
    Artwork produced by the girls for Art Therapy
    Dress made by one of the girls during sewing class
    Dress made by one of the girls during sewing class
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