Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Empowering Mannar Girls

In August TEA's Director Racheal and Project Worker Sachini traveled to Mannar Island to stay with a girls orphanage that TEA supports for 3 days & nights empowerment training and workshops.

They arrived after a long 10 hour journey from Kandy rather exhausted; carrying training resources and donations including clothes & sanitary towels.

Mannar Island is located in the Northern Province approximately 100 km from the Northern capital of Jaffna.  The people of Mannar are predominantly Tamil. Mannar was heavily affected by the recent civil war and the loss of life in this region was tragically high. The region suffers high rates of poverty and many families are headed by single women due to mortality rates of husbands during the conflict. 



We ran a 2-day leadership programme with 25 teenage girls.  The girls learnt leadership skills, identified personal goals, learnt about children's rights principles and reviewed how to apply learning from the programme to help their future plans and aspirations.

The girls are so colourful and had such a lust for dancing. Each evening we ran creative arts workshops & talent shows before the communal dinner of rice and curry.

The girls inspired us everyday and helped us to adapt the training to cater to the their calls for performance.

Training was delivered in English and translated into Tamil.    We now have L.I.F.E translated into English, Sinhala and Tamil - good practice for future training.

On our first day we received a surprise visit from the Probation Department to observe training. The TEA Project was subsequently invited to return and run our L.I.F.E programme with 5 additional orphanages under her management. 
Representatives also arrived from the Local Lions Club. Impressed with the programme they offered to contribute to The TEA Project's training costs in Mannar.

Training was a huge success. We made new partners & friends and the girl's excelled in training. The TEA Project has promised to return to the girls orphanage to run a Girls Independence Programme in the future and we plan to return in December to run a tailor made leadership programme for a local boys orphanage.

If you would like to find out more about the work we do or contribute to The TEA Project then visit theteaproject.org

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