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marcia summers


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Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

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My story

[p]We’re fundraising for up to 20 portable rigid heddle looms for the refuge at ‘Women’s Development Centre’ (WDC) in Kandy, Sri Lanka.The looms cost £159 each, so we’re seeking to raise £3,200,00 (enough to buy 20) Krys, a very creative friend of mine, and I will go to Sri Lanka in April 2020: she will train the girls at the shelter and I will support with organisational development through training and coaching. [/p][p]Our main aim this year is to teach young girls, who have been sexually or violently abused and who are currently living in a refuge recovering from the abuse, the skills to make beautiful hand-woven scarves as well as other accessories. The idea is to give the girls/young women weaving skills along with their own rigid heddle loom so that when they return home or are living independently they can generate their own income through the sale of their scarves to the local tourist industry or/and via ETSY (Global online marketplace where people come together to make, sell and buy unique items). The girls already learn independent living skills in the shelters such as growing food, food preparation, cooking simple meals, sewing and weaving. Learning to use a heddle loom will give the girls a very specific skill which will enable them potentially to earn a living for themselves.[/p][p]However, there is also a huge further benefit to weaving and that is weaving as therapy. Creative activities are essential for the girls to promote their well-being post trauma, or in the words of Pearl Stephen, the late founder of WDC, ‘to help bring the girls to a position of normalcy post their traumatic experiences.[/p][p]Also go to [url=https://youtu.be/macO1YuKP8w]https://youtu.be/macO1YuKP8w[/url] to see a video of Krys making a scarf on her loom. [/p][p]Thank you so much for your ongoing support. The success of this project will make a very significant difference to the lives of vulnerable people in Sri Lanka and I personally ensure that every penny raised foes directly to those who it is intended for.[/p][p][br][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

31 Mar 2020


Dec 4, 2019

Amanda Shaw

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Dec 3, 2019



Dec 3, 2019

Mike Bedford

Well done and all the very best of luck with the fundraising ladies 🙏

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 11, 2019

Jo Hockley

Great initiative. Good luck

Sep 8, 2019


Good luck

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 6, 2019

Sarah Dennis

Fabulous idea Marcia for a great cause. Good luck with your fundraising.

Sep 6, 2019

Jane Allard

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Sep 6, 2019


Good luck Marcia

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 5, 2019

Lilian Smith

Good luck-great initiative.