SEDA were privileged to welcome a group of volunteers from St Paul's Milagiriya last month. Fifteen volunteers spent the day helping the SEDA trainees with their craft skills, especially with fabric paintings and making jewellery. They worked throughout the day helping with new designs for items which the trainees are preparing for their Christmas sale at the local shopping mall on 21st December.
Over the past month SEDA trainees have been invited to perform at a number of community events. As the trainees really do love to dance its something they embrace with much excitement.
Performing at the launch of the 'End Child Poverty' Knowledge Centre in October the performers dressed in traditional costumes and performed a group dance based on harvesting the crops. Learning the routine in just one day they all graced the stage with poise and confidence and put on a flawless performance.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE
Monday 14th April is New Years day in Sri Lanka and is truly celebrated in style. Fire crackers start the day early and milk is boiled, kiribath made and lots and lots of sweet sugary treats adorn the tables of all Sri Lankan homes. Gifts of colourful traditional clothing are exchanged and everyone dances late into the night.
Here at SEDA Vocational Training Centre it was no different, although we celebrated early, we celebrated with much laughter, happiness, sugar, and lots and lots of dancing!
After a busy first month at the centre it was time to put down the scissors and glue, leave the envelopes and bags aside; now it was time for the young trainees to let their hair down and have some fun. The centre was awakened at 9am with a rainbow of brightly coloured tradition sarongs and skirts worn by all the trainees, accessorized of course with their bright orange uniform tops. It was a feast for the eyes and momentarily drew my attention away from the table full of sweet treats in the centre of the room!
The 14th February 2014 will be remembered by many as another Valentines day, or the arrival of a new moon for the Sinhalese Poya day in Sri Lanka. But for SEDA this special day was chosen for the official Inauguration celebrations of our new charity (in fact we celebrated for 2 days!), as well as being the 75th birthday of our founder Mr Gamini Keerthichandra. The day started early as preparations got under way for receiving over 200 guests to the opening ceremony at the VTC headquarters. What seemed like endless supplies of Butter cake and Kiribath (milk rice) were brought in, and the obligatory Nescafe machine was put into place ready to serve sweet milky coffee and tea to the hundreds!
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