Our women’s programme at the MJF Centre Moratuwa revolves around the mothers of children attending the Rainbow Centre for children with special needs. At the Centre, they are trained in sewing, cooking and gardening not only as a skill development but also as an activity that allows them to escape the trials of their day to day lives. Already, these ladies have benefitted from the threadwork and ribbon embroidery classes. In the future the Foundation envisages supporting women who show potential, through the SEP – Small Entrepreneur Programme and take them to an entrepreneurial level in their chosen livelihood.
The Foundation encourages moderated informal group discussions which gives these women a forum to speak up and discuss their issues. These discussions are managed by qualified staff who not only lend a sympathetic ear to their grievances but also carry out timely discussions on topics as personal hygiene, home management and home finance management. Through the skills development classes, our general aim is to provide the knowledge – formal and informal – that they need to live comfortably and respond to situations they will likely face.