POM Handicrafts & Cooking
I love to cook and do handicrafts,
including sewing, knitting, and crotchet.
I am very thankful to others including my mum and my grandmother, who patiently taught me how to cook, sew and knit.
I am particularly fond of making and gifting practical home made things to eat and use. More recently I have decided I am a POM craftivist - a peace of mind activist using craft. I also love growing vegetables, and being a mini chook farmer of two chickens.
If we want a world that is beautiful, kind and fair, shouldn't our activism be beautiful, kind and fair? Sarah Corbett - Craftivist
Over the past year Sue, I and other POM friends have been making and selling homemade POM food and craft items (many to myself, to gift as presents), in support of community projects including the Haragama Women's Development Centre (WDC) Shelter in Kandy, and the Koulara Ceramics Co-op society in Sri Lanka. Friends and neighbours have been a great support by purchasing these items from POM.
POM items include cards, jam, teddies, sourdough bread, beeswax candles, biscuits, aprons, tea-towels, and eye pillows. The tea towels, eye pillow cases and aprons are hand woven by the women at the WDC.
The profits from these POM personalised gifts go to community projects, including the Haragama Women's Shelter, Bosco Sevana Rehabilitation Centre, both in Sri Lanka and Guansahar School in Nepal.
The Haragama shelter provides a safe haven, and access to education, health services, training, support and rehabilitation for women suffering from the effects of abuse. Many are pregnant or lactating mothers, and the Centre provides a haven not only for them but for their babies too.
POM is working together with the women at the Centre to make a number of signature POM products using their own hand woven fabrics. This collaboration will result in POM x Sri Sisters, a line of products made by POM and the women of the Women’s Development Centre.
POM x Sri Sisters is an attempt to share the incredible handiwork of the women, while providing them with the opportunity to develop their confidence and skills and gain greater financial independence.
ALL the profits made form POM go back to community projects. In particular, the money is used to finance participation in training and education programmes to assist in gaining financial independence.
You may want to check out the POM and POM x Sri Sisters products here.