On Wednesday July 30th we visited the sewing machine project near Hikkaduwa. We bought the women their first sewing machine over four years ago and we subsequently bought two more machines which now support over 100 people. On our last visit in February they asked us to buy an overlocking machine so they could make their saris to a more professional standard and this trip we were pleased to be able to go with them to buy the machine.
|Visiting the Sewing Machine Ladies in their shop|
The following day we had been invited to open an art exhibition at the village nursery school. The kids had made fantastic sunglasses, drums and hats out of yoghurt cartons and coloured paper. Della can be seen which Della can be seen modelling. The nursery school is on the premises of the local temple, run by Ananda (the monk who divides his time between the temple in Mount Lavinia and the jungle nursery - see previous blog). We discovered that he had a treasure chest of artefacts in the temple, which included a compete bound volume of Singhalese newspapers from 1934.
|Cutting the ribbon|
We went immediately to the school to watch an end of term cricket match. We all presented trophies to the winning team and best players, which was a nice to way to end the term and say goodbye to all the children.
The next day we met with Wishwa whose letter many of you may will have read in May of this year (http://wwwfriendsofdellaanddon.blogspot.com/2014/05/from-boy-to-man.html). He has started his A-Levels and we agreed to pay for his extra classes and uniform. His dream is to go to university as his parents are incredibly poor, and we will do our best to support him in fulfilling his goal.
Many of you will have read about Doreen who is confined to a wheelchair after an accident last year. We support her and her two boys whom we have known ever since we have worked with the school. We took her youngest son, Smith, to buy clothes for him and his elder brother.