Partnership with Ocean Stars

Our Mission focus abroad

Our main fundraising activities are linked to the Ocean Stars charity which supports Areas in Sri Lanka recovering from the tsunami in 2004.

Support during the Sri Lankan Lockdown

Ocean Stars are putting their energy in to food parcels during the lockdown. So many people are having to stay at home and cannot earn money to buy food. If you are able to donate:

If you would like to know more about the charity visit their website https://oceanstars.org.uk/home

Fundraising Focus 2021: Sewing machines & fabrics

SEWING MACHINES £145
Sewing is a popular income earner in Sri Lanka. This can be the start of a small business and so the provision of a sewing machine can help lift a family out of
poverty.

FABRIC FOR SEWING PROJECTS £10
Provide sewing projects with fabric and thread to make pillow cases, serviettes and local clothes and provide the women with an income.

Fundraising activities 2020

We’ve done it! We’ve raised the funds to buy a fishing boat and Ocean Stars have organised the boat and the recipient is: Mr. S. Arasaratnam. Rev.Manoranjan tells us he comes from a poor family background and they live under the poverty line. He lives with his mum, sister and her three children. His sister’s husband died in 2017.   He has taken on the responsibility of caring for his sister and her three children.

The Fishing Project

In the 2004 Tsunmai, the lagoon was polluted with sea water, and all the fishing boats were smashed , but now the government have given permission for fishing to recommence as the fish stocks have been replenished, and the water is back to fresh water.

One fishing boat costs £450, however one boat can help up to five families. Below is an example of such a fishing boat.

Bicycle given to Teacher from recent fundraising activities

On a recent visit to Thirukovil , Dilanee took the bicycle we bought with proceeds from the Summer Tea in the Garden. The teacher’s current bicycle is old and broken and she walks 5k to work every morning. She was delighted to receive the bike.

The bicycle being presented

Summer Tea in the Garden

We had a wonderful afternoon in Karen’s garden on June 28th – enjoying a cream tea, cakes and tombola prizes. We raised £251 towards the projects undertaken by Ocean Stars. Church Meeting recently agreed to use some of this money to buy a bicycle for a primary school teacher to get to work.

Guests and members of the church enjoying their tea
A sunny afternoon in the garden with Dilanee from the Ocean Stars Trust joining us