(Leadership, Independence, Futures, and Empowerment) L.I.F.E
December saw the culmination to a month of L.I.F.E Training at a new TEA Project partner in Sri Lanka. We have joined with a dynamic charity that has been working for over 30 years to provide a safe haven for vulnerable young women who have been sexually, physically and mentally abused. A large number of the girls in their care are pregnant, have learning difficulties or a variety of special needs.
The young girls are vulnerable and abused in their local communities due to a combination of poor education, special needs and a lack of parental care. A number of the girls have never attended school.
The training was adapted to meet the needs of these young women and was extremely successful. The LIFE Programme finished with a special Christmas party/talent competition to celebrate the wonderful achievements of the girls.
Whilst at the refuge the girls are empowered with business skills to help them create a better future and re-settle back into their communities. All girls are offered the opportunity of work experience to gain practical skills in a number of micro businesses established by the charity. The girls learn how to produce and sell items that are sold to assist with their care & development such as beautifully hand-made, re-useable ECO-sanitary towels. We recently helped the charity get an order for 40 re-useable sanitary towels; the towels enable girls to go to school during menstruation. Without them girls in Sri Lanka will commonly miss school and stay indoors.
The TEA Project is looking forward to continue supporting this very worthy organisation and to working with the strong and inspiring girls they serve.
*In December we learnt of two horrendous rape incidents against children we work with. One child was hospitalised after an attack in her ‘home’, the other survived a consistent 5 day assault by a group of men after being kidnapped from the street. There is a dangerous lack of sexual education and training available to protect vulnerable children in Sri Lanka. We plan to work with an organisation called LEADS in February 16’ to address this. We are looking to organise a number of Safeguarding Children Training events which will run at local schools for children and professionals such as teachers. The training will help children understand what is and what isn't acceptable touching and importantly how to report sexual abuse. Adults will learn how to recognise signs of abuse and how to support children and families appropriately.
All TEA Project workers & staff are unpaid volunteers and our projects completely funded by the public.
We need to raise £300 to run a series of essential Safeguarding Children events facilitated by LEADS. If you would like to help be a part of making this happen then please go to www.theteaproject.org.uk There you can make a donation and help protect children from violent sexual abuse.