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Renisha

Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Girl, Age 6
Renisha Sharmilan is 6 years old and lives with her mother, who has mental difficulties, her father, who has severe leg disabilities and her younger sister who is 2 years old.

Reference Number -        

0135

Family Information

Renisha’s family lives on Paalam land, in a house provided by our charity partner. The father, Salmilan looks after the Paalam cows and tends to the coconut trees as well as working the ground at the Paalam Children’s Hostel. He earns a salary that covers their day-to-day living needs. Renisha’s mother is unable to work due to her mental difficulties as well as caring for Renisha’s small sister. Renisha has no mental disability, but has problems below her hips meaning she really struggles to walk. The hospital provided iron shoes to help improve her mobility but they did not fit Renisha properly. She is waiting on the hospital to review her case and provide her with a new solution to her disability. In the meantime, Renisha’s father has handmade a mobility frame from wood and wheels for her to help her to try to walk. Renisha has recently started a special needs class in a government school near to where she lives. She spends her mornings learning new things, including beginning how to write and interact with other children. Renisha needs sponsorship to help pay for transport to and from her school daily as well as helping to provide specific dietary and medical needs as requested by the hospital.

Support Renisha

Reference Number -        

0135

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For £20 a month you can ensure that your sponsored child is able go to school. Your sponsorship covers academic materials, school uniform, extracurricular activities and basic health care, including glasses if necessary.

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'If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.'

Mother Theresa

What can I expect from my Sponsorship?

Once you make your selection and fill in your details, you’ll be prompted to set up a Direct Debit or Standing Order with The Dust Project to cover the costs of your chosen child.  This will come out of your account on a monthly basis.  Quarterly, The Dust Project makes a Sterling transfer of these collective funds to Sri Lanka, which provide our Ambassadors, local employees and sister-charity The Palaam Project (click here to find out more) with the allocated funds to buy groceries, clothing, school items and other needs, as budgeted for your child. 

 

After you've signed up to sponsor a child, we’ll send you further information in the mail about him or her.  You can expect to receive a letter from your child each trimester.  We encourage you, however, to write and introduce yourself as soon as possible, as they’ll be so excited to have a sponsor! Feel free to send photos of your family, have your own children draw pictures or write letters, and begin to develop a relationship with your sponsored child.  You are incredibly special to them, and they'll treasure every word they receive from you.

 

You can post letters to:

The Dust Project

c/o Tiffany Stokely

70 Birchanger Lane,

Bishop's Stortford

CM23 5QA

and we will send them on for you.  We kindly ask that only flat mail be sent to us, as we don’t have the budget to be posting loads of gifts to Sri Lanka! 

 

If, however, you strongly desire to send a small gift or meaningful item (or simply prefer to mail your letters directly), please send them— clearly labeled with the name of your sponsored child— to one of the following addresses.

If your sponsored child is in Jaffna, please send to:

The Dust Project

'Jenny Cot'

Kopay South,

Kopay,

Jaffna,

Sri Lanka

If your sponsored child is in Wattala, please send to:

The Dust Project
22A 1st Lane,
Palliyawatta,
Hendala,
Wattala,
Sri Lanka

 

In no way is this a compulsory measure; in fact, we strongly advise that if you must send anything, send simple things they can relate to and enjoy within the context of their families and ‘sisters’ at the hostel.  Electronics, expensive clothing, ‘slime’ and things of an impractical nature don’t translate very well.  They DO enjoy things like stickers, dolls, school supplies, and small items such as marbles, bouncy balls, drawing pads, etc.  And it goes without saying, Sri Lanka is a HOT country and it takes up to 3 months to get things to the children… so chocolates and melting candies don’t bode well.

Thank You

We — as the Trustees, and all who work alongside us — want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU for your selfless generosity of spirit in sponsoring your child.  We know there are countless ways to use money every month, and that to give is a sacrifice.  However, we also firmly believe that to sow into the life of another human being — who otherwise would have a very difficult time surviving, let alone thriving — is the VERY best investment you could possibly make.  Your financial support and connection will inevitably change the course trajectory of their lives, the health of their growing bodies, and encourage the stability of their growing sense of hope and self.

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