My daughter and I's trip to Sri Lanka was a wonderful adventure that provided us with many beautiful opportunities to visit friends we made three years ago, and to join with our friend Tenzin Lekdron, to run some workshops in a Women's Refuge - The Kandy Women's Development Centre. The Centre provides a home, access to education and training, support and rehabilitation for women suffering from the effects of abuse. We shared some rather chaotic, fun workshops with the 47 women, staff and 9 babies there. We baked sourdough bread, chocolate cake, nut and coconut balls, made cards and did various crafty things (of the textile nature).
The Women's Development Centre in Kandy provides a home and support for women who have suffered sexual abuse, incest and physical abuse. Many of them are pregnant and lactating mothers. They are given a safe haven, access to health services, education and some training at the Centre. We were certainly humbled, inspired and deeply touched by our experience there. The wonderful work of the staff and deep respect, support, optimism, love, friendliness and compassion amongst all there was so heart warming.
It was wonderful to form a connection with the centre and the wonderful people there to work together and to make future plans.
The connections we formed in Sri Lanka fit perfectly with the new direction POM seems to be taking this year. As I mentioned in my last blog I will continue to make POM about
I look forward to sharing with you all - thank you so much for your support and interest.