AYUBOWAN!

Sending you our biggest thanks and good wishes
for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
With love from TFT International Preschool and all our TFT family

Dear Friends

Looking back, 2016 has been a very busy and exciting year where our dreams to change the lives of abandoned children existing in institutionalised care in Sri Lanka are beginning to come true. 
Our ultimate vision and aim to give every child the right to grow up in a family has never been stronger and now, together with your fantastic support, we are providing a successful model that will raise standards of care in government institutions, support families to prevent child abandonment as well as expanding our provision of education to give more children the futures they need and deserve.

WE ARE DELIGHTED TO SHARE MOST EXCITING NEWS TO DATE WHICH WE HOPE WILL LEAD TO REFORMING CHILDCARE POLICY IN SRI LANKA...


As a of our second year of training where we partnered with IFCO (USA) and Centre of Excellence India and shared global knowledge of deinstitutionalisation, the Southern Province Commissioner confirmed a partnership with TFT in 2017 to introduce systems which will lead to a pilot scheme to place 50 children with families

We never imagined this could happen in our lifetime and there is still a long way to go, but the future for these abandoned little mites is for the first time looking brighter and much more hopeful, as o
n successful completion, a national programme can be implemented throughout the rest of Sri Lanka.
TFT supporters will have the chance to sponsor families in the first deinstitutionalisation programme of its kind in the Southern Province.



WHY IS OUR WORK SO IMPORTANT?
 

Many little children live out their days scared and alone without seeing the sunshine, breathing fresh air or receiving human touch. Caged in cots without toys or stimulation, banging their heads to self soothe, biting their fingers until they bleed and rock endlessly, their cries turn to eerie silence. Dehydrated, they lick urine from the floor, eat faeces and suffer skin infections and diarrhoea.

WE BELIEVE EVERY CHILD DESERVES TO BE LOVED AND GROW UP IN A FAMILY

WITH YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT WE CAN DO MORE TO RAISE STANDARDS IN HEALTH AND CARE IN INSTITUTIONS, REUNITE CHILDREN ABANDONED THROUGH POVERTY AND STRENGTHEN FAMILIES TO PREVENT ABANDONMENT.

OUR EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES IN INSTITUTIONS AND IN THE COMMUNITY ARE CHANGING THE PAST TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE FUTURES.
Thanks to your fantastic support -
see how TFT has made a difference to around 3000 lives in 2016.

 
2000 poor rural children received school books to enable them to go to school. 350 children and their families walked barefoot for miles to come to our book giving ceremony and beg for the books which could change their lives and reshape their whole families futures. 150 were ex-child soldiers in the North of Sri Lanka.  No child was turned away. 

The immense gratitude and appreciation
we receive each year from desperately poor families is truly humbling.   We are proud to share the heartwarming moment when a mother whose son has received books for the past eight years, told us that he is now going to University because of the opportunity TFT has given him. She sends prayers of thanks every day.
200 institutionalized children received vocational training in The Sewing Room and Computer Room Projects in two institutions.

20 children received accredited qualifications in IT skills.
1 Embroidery teacher, 1 IT teacher, 2 English teachers and 2 Remedial teachers were employed 
200 Social workers, probation officers, preschool teachers from all over Sri Lanka, psycho community team workers from Foundation of Goodness were trained in raising standards in institutions and family care alternatives.  This training included foster care by our partners Professor Myrna McNitt of International Foster Care Organisation (USA) and Vasundhra of the Centre of Excellence (India). 
80 children from a poor, rural area benefited from TFT International Preschool education and received English lessons from the age of 3 years old. Providing low cost and free education of excellence as well as another choice to abandonment.

We are extremely grateful to Mercury Holidays for their support in this project.
 
2 outdoor classrooms and a new toilet block with 4 toilets to accommodate the rise in numbers from 37 children in 2015.

 
160 parents attended workshops at TFT International Preschool on health, nutrition, safe guarding and child protection.

100 families affected by flooding received emergency food supplies and clothing donations from TFT supporters in UK were delivered.

85 babies and children under 5 years old received care from 10 TFT housemothers to raise standards in an institution, and the Commissioner has installed CCTV cameras to ensure good, safe care at all times by staff.


10 TFT housemothers were employed and their income enabled them to send their own 20 children to school.

As a result three children have passed their A levels, and one is going to University.

50 institutionalized boys received a donation of cricket equipment and clothing from Hampton School

15 abused institutionalized girls received a training in childcare and health to enable them to apply for employment as TFT Junior housemothers in the baby institution, and inspire them for other future careers.
1 physio/speech therapist was employed which has enabled 12 severely disabled institutionalised children stand, walk, run, jump, make sounds, say words and count.

The babies love these moments of therapy, attention and touch and to say they are thriving because of it is an understatement.

This year TFT increased the number of physio hours and each time we visit we witness nothing short of little miracles.
New babies with special needs can be treated early on, which makes such a difference to their long-term prognosis.


13 CHILDREN IN 6 FAMILIES were reunited or prevented from abandonment and supported by TFT

TFT has almost finished building our 3rd house for a reunited family of 4 who have never experienced clean water or electricity.
2 TFT reunited families became completely self-sufficient .
PIYUMI - OUR INSPIRATION

Piyumi is now 12 years old, and growing up fast. She was a screaming and starving baby in a state children's institution, abandoned by her homeless mother when her father disappeared soon after the Asian tsunami IN 2004. She was the inspiration behind TFT and still is.

Piyumi means lotus flower, and the meaning of the lotus flower is to transform.
 
TransFormaTion. TFT. Their Future Today.


Piyumi was our first child to be reunited with her mother and brother when we built our first TFT house in February 2010, when we learnt that more than 80% of children in orphanages around the world have families who love and want their children but are too poor to support them. She still suffers the trauma of five long years locked up in an institution, without love or forming attachments, and as consequence she struggles academically at school.

However, Piyumi has unlocked a creative talent and we have enabled her to have dreams to become an artist one day. We haven't forgotten her little Her little peers who are still locked away and we are shouting loudly, that every child deserves the right to a family and an education. Just like Piyumi.

Piyumi's family were the first to become self supporting.
Giving a hand up, not a hand out.

 
Our Volunteers of 2016

We have been blessed in 2016 with some amazingly generous volunteers to help out at TFT International Preschool and teach English in the community. Our volunteer room is proving very popular and as well as facilitating on site accommodation at a very low price it also provides a small income for the Preschool.
Win. Win.
Special thanks to Carina Everest, Rosie McCann, William Walters and Sara.

In 2017 we are especially looking for professional volunteers

Please contact joel@theirfuturetoday.com if interested


 

WHAT ARE OUR OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2016?

* TFT INTERNATIONAL PRESCHOOL WAS AWARDED GRADE B        REGISTRATION STATUS BY THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

* TFT TEACHERS OBTAINED HIGHER TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS

* DFCC NATIONAL BANK OF SRI LANKA OPENED BANK ACCOUNTS WITH   250Rs FOR ALL TFT PRESCHOOL CHILDREN

* TFT SHORT VIDEO FILM WAS NOMINATED FOR CHARITY FILM AWARDS 

TFT was voted 
British Sri Lankan Association Charity of the Year 2016 
£2400 was raised at the BRISLA Awards Dinner at Lords Cricket Ground.
Lynn Stanier (Founder) was awarded Best Business Woman of the Year Community Champion 2016
These outstanding achievements have happened because of your fantastic support.

Together we are making a direct impact on little lives, and we ask your help to do more.


What's our Christmas wish this year? 

We would love for you to help us out by spreading the word about children deserving the right to live in families not institutions.

How? GET INVOLVED
  • GIVE THE GIFT OF SUPPORTING A FAMILY
  • Make a one off or monthly donation
  • Like us and share our Facebook page
  • Getting an upgrade?  Please donate old laptops, phones,ipads for Sri Lanka
  • Hold a fundraising event - we can help
  • Consider a challenge - we have places in the Prudential Ride London 100 Cycling challenge on Sunday 30th July,
  • Volunteer in the UK or in Sri Lanka
  • Visit our projects and raise awareness
  • Apply to become a Trustee
  • Introduce us to a friend
  • Become a school ambassador
  • COME AND CELEBRATE!
Email joel@theirfuturetoday.com for details

Heartfelt thanks for staying with us, and helping to make what seems the impossible, possible


Lynn, Joel and team of TFT


PLEASE DONATE HERE TO HELP US CREATE HISTORY
IN SRI LANKA to place children with families.
contact joel@theirfuturetoday.com for more information
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