November 8th, 2009 About
About the Project
We’ve been running art workshops with disadvantaged children across Sri Lanka for 9 years
The aim has always been to give such children more playtime and to raise funds to support them though fun and creativity.
After some of the creative sessions we make greeting cards with the art of the children . Some hand made some printed designs .
Every single pound, dollar or rupee raised goes back into the children’s homes. With funds raised we’ve provided all sorts from electricity and water, clothes and school supplies, to fun days out, a brand new playground and hundreds of meals. And, as you’ll see from the pictures, a whole lot of colour.
How It All Started
After the 2004 tsunami many refugee camps and homes were set up to take in displaced children and their families. A group of camp volunteers started entertaining the children in whatever way they could. They juggled, sang, played football and painted faces.
Before they knew it they were running workshops for children in many camps, homes and other communities. One of the activities was colouring and some of the team realised the pictures would make nice Christmas cards. So they made them, sold them and spent the money on the children’s homes.
These cards below the children colour Christmas themed images which we the used to make Christmas cards – hence the name of the project. The cards are designed and put together by local volunteers and then sold across the world.
Over the last nine years, the project has entertained hundreds of children, raised thousands of pounds to support them and sent greeting cards all over the world