From the money raised from the sale of the Small Steps cards this year so far, as well as doing the new mural and re-stocking the dry food rations we were able to take all the boys to the cinema to see Maharaja Gamu (with snacks), we filled a whole cinema! Also money raised went to contribute towards new building work supplies, and to print more cards..
building supplies for this new development at the front of the home
We have been busy making new cards called the Small Steps series.
They will be the kids drawings framed in their own foot prints. So after a few very mess sessions with Jonathan along to help out, we will select 6 pictures in the end to make a small pack of blank cards, heres a taster of whats to come…
Email me to say how many you would like and your address , and then donate to the children at the home by pressing the donate button , or if you would rather make a BACS transfer let me know in your email and i will send you the details
TA DA! The finished pieces – in the end boys aged 9- 16 had had a go as the younger ones were so keen to get involved we didn’t have the heart to stop them .
We will be choosing 4 of the 15/16 year olds to take part in a weekly workshop to develop their new found skill . Then look for projects and commissions to hopefully provide them with some training and income in the future .
We are currently partnering with tile companies and cafes to recycle their waste beautifully , please get in touch if you have any ideas on this or would like to get involved – thanks for watching 🙂
garden decorations , coasters , hotplates and upcyled curd pots
All set up , the boys admired their artwork , and we had our first guest of honour, Chandrani the head of the home and one of the young monks documents the work
Big thank you to Mihiri, Lino, Lara an Leslie for all your amazingness !!
Today we manically worked finishing off as much as possible to have it ready to prepare our exhibition on Saturday ! I only managed one picture as I was up to my eyes in grout, but there are some gorgeous coasters , pots and mirrors and hotplate type things coming along. I think we are all seeing mosaics in our sleep now . Please come to the exhibition if you can, Saturday the 4th of Feb if you are around colombo the address is No1, Dharmarama Road, Wellewatte , its the Temple opposite the savoy theater, there will be lots of smiley faces who would be over the moon to see you and show off their work
we came up with a cunning plan to distract the little ones to young to mosaic out of the workshop , Gave them a pot of paint and let them restore the old mural we did a few years ago that was looking a bit tired. Then we started experimenting with different items , like baubles and cold curd pots while Mirihi mastered grouting
After Lots of hicups , a second cow, loosing my sock to the cause (turns out it socks make good grout cleaners apparently) and some very dodgy instructions from me as I discover my cave woman Sinhala speaking skills do not extend to grouting methods. We some how miraculously ended up with things which are starting to resemble (almost) finished mosaics….
2nd day of the project went really well . I arrived at our usual start time of 3 pm, to find the boys had been hard at work scince 11 am! i guess they are enjoying it 🙂 we have some beautiful things coming along , here is a little taster