This post is about the beautiful products girls at Volunteer Village create, there are three girls living at Volunteer Village, they have no family and no support and so Carla Browne pays the girls a salary and gives them home as they have nowhere else to go.
About the Girls
Dilani is a beautiful woman, you have never met a sweeter lady, very innocent and naive but with a huge heart. She has been disowned by her family and is currently fighting for custody of her daughter but until she has her own house she is unable for her daughter to visit. She speaks broken english and loves to learn, she is currently taking a beginner course in book keeping funded by Carla to give her skills she can always use. She loves to swim but is unable to go very often because of her disability, she has a twisted pelvis leaving her with one leg dramatically shorter than the other. She wears one platform shoe to help with walking but still struggles with a severe limp, she also has an underdeveloped arm that makes everyday activity more difficult. She has been here for 2 months and is the main point of contact, she has already picked up sign language to communicate with our deaf girl Nirosha enabling communication to volunteers and Singhalese people. Nirosha
Full of life! That is the best way to describe this vivacious girl, she is deaf but is clearly a chatterbox, she can get quite angry or annoyed as she has so much to say but only a select few understand her. We have been learning sign and you can see the joy on her face when you’re trying to speak. She loves to make things and is an extremely skilled seamstress and is able to make any garment you wish. Udene
Ude is a very special woman, she is the most disabled of the girls, her arms are backwards with her elbows facing inwards, she can barely walk and is unable to bend her legs making walking very difficult and going down steps meaning 90% of her time she has to sit. Even with her disability she is a beacon of joy, always smiling and is an amazing knitter and artisan.
Every Item the girls make is completely hand-mad – most of the beads they use, they make themselves from magazines and newspaper. Each takes a lot of time and skill – the quality is exceptional. We are selling the products this Sunday in Galle Fort for any tourists and locals interested.
Woven window bracelet
Plait cord necklace
The clutch bags are made from magazines, folded and weaved. The tote bags are made from newspaper that is varnished to protect from light showers.
These are just a few of the products these girls are making on a daily basis. Please let us know if anyone in England is interested in any of the products as we are returning to England for 2 weeks April 24th and are taking orders now!!
Thank you for reading!!