Sreepur News 2020

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August 2020- anniversary

Thirty years ago, on 23rd August 1990 Rubina Porter MBE paid her first visit to Sreepur in Bangladesh. She describes it as an amazing experience. She has been visiting regularly ever since and has fund raised tirelessly to help the community. Three years later in 1993 Ruby’s husband Ken paid his first visit to Sreepur, the first of 40 visits.

Ruby's first visit to Sreepur Aug 1990

Ruby’s first visit to Sreepur Aug 1990

 

Ruby and Ken in Sreepur

Ruby and Ken in Sreepur

 

 August 2020- preparing for Christmas

Some of the people in Sreepur are making beautiful Christmas decorations from bamboo. The bamboo is cut down and split into fine lengths, and then women weave the slivers of bamboo into 3D shapes and stars to hang for Christmas. They would look wonderful on the Christmas tree!

Bamboo Christmas decorations made in Sreepur, Aug 2020

Bamboo Christmas decorations made in Sreepur, Aug 2020

 

August 2020- making masks in Sreepur

We are making masks in Sreepur. Parul is busy on her sewing machine and Maya is the model. We are selling them locally and hope to have some available to buy in the UK soon.

Parul is sewing masks in Sreepur, August 2020

Parul is sewing masks in Sreepur, August 2020

 

Maya is modelling masks that Parul has made, Sreepur 2020

Maya is modelling masks that Parul has made, Sreepur 2020

 

June 2020- some happy news

Exam results are out today! Below is a photo of Ruby’s granddaughter Finni, who was helping out at a Threading Dreams exhibition in Liverpool Cathedral. She has just heard today that she gained a First Class Honours degree at Glasgow School of Art. She also gained top marks for the year in Interior Design. Congratulations Finni!  Her family are very proud of her!

Ruby's granddaughter Finni at Threading Dreams exhibition in Liverpool Cathedral

Ruby’s granddaughter Finni at Threading Dreams exhibition in Liverpool Cathedral

 

June 2020- new arrival at Sreepur

Ruby has sent us a photograph of a new mother with a young family arriving at the gates of Sreepur to look for a safe environment in which to stay. It is so sad.

new mother arriving at the gates of Sreepur for safe refuge, June 2020

new mother arriving at the gates of Sreepur for safe refuge, June 2020

June 2020- sad bereavement

Prayers are being said at Sreepur for Ruby and Ken’s beautiful daughter who sadly passed away on 6th May 2020. Thanks to all members who have offered support during the last two years of Sue’s illness.prayers are being said in Sreepur for Ruby's daughter Sueprayers are being said in Sreepur for Ruby's daughter Sue

prayers are being said in Sreepur for Ruby’s daughter Sue

June 2020- fundraising update

Rubina Porter MBE would like to thank the members of Wimslow churches for another donation of £250.00. Your generosity is much appreciated.

June 2020- Sreepur hit by cyclone

A recent cyclone hit Sreepur causing major damage and injuries. One mother was sent to hospital with a broken arm, but is now back safely recovering at Sreepur, which is still in lockdown.

cyclone hits Sreepur causing damage, June 2020

cyclone hits Sreepur causing damage, June 2020

 

cyclone hits Sreepur causing damage, June 2020

cyclone hits Sreepur causing damage, June 2020

 

cyclone hits Sreepur causing damage, June 2020

cyclone hits Sreepur causing damage, June 2020

April 2020- more news from Sreepur

Sreepur Refuge continues to be in lockdown due to the corona virus pandemic, along with the rest of the world. There are guards at the gate wearing protective clothing, but the Sreepur family are safe and well inside along with Pat Kerr. The drivers go out to buy provisions wearing protective clothing.

the Sreepur family are safe and well along with Pat Kerr during the corona virus lockdown, April 2020

the Sreepur family are safe and well along with Pat Kerr during the corona virus lockdown, April 2020

 

guard at the gate of Sreepur Refuge during corona virus lockdown, April 2020

guard at the gate of Sreepur Refuge during corona virus lockdown, April 2020

 

drivers wearing protective clothing ready to go out to buy provisions for Sreepur Refuge during lockdown, April 2020

drivers wearing protective clothing ready to go out to buy provisions for Sreepur Refuge during lockdown, April 2020

April 2020- Lockdown in Sreepur

Bangladesh is also on lockdown, as is Sreepur. Pat Kerr is at the project, she is an amazing person. Many staff have gone back to their villages. The Dhaka office is closed and there is no embroidery class so Pat has arranged for the embroidery to carry on in another part of the project to keep everyone busy. The new cushion covers are lovely.

new cushion covers made in Sreepur, Bangladesh 2020

new cushion covers made in Sreepur, Bangladesh 2020

 

Here are some photographs from Sreepur during the current lockdown situation due to coronavirus. Life must go on ……..

February 2020 – update on the quilters of Bath

Fifteen years ago Rubina Porter MBE gave a talk about Sreepur to a group of quilters in Bath. This week she received yet another cheque for £365 from Ena and her four friends. Each year they raise money for Sreepur amounting to many thousands of pounds. Their dedication and generosity is very much appreciated.

January 2020 – update on Dyffryn Clwyd Quilters

 Rubina Porter MBE would like to thank  Pippa and members and friends from Dyffryn Clwyd Quilters who have raised the magnificent sum of £750 for the Sreepur Village. Ruby gave a talk to this group some time ago, and they are all so kind

 quilt raffled by Pippa and friends to aid Sreepur charity

quilt raffled by Pippa and friends to aid Sreepur charity

January 2020 – Sreepur Orphanage celebrates 30 years

There was a wonderful double page article in the Daily Express on Saturday 4th January 2020 about ex-stewardess Patricia Kerr setting up Sreepur Orphanage 30 years ago.

How it all started 30 years ago

Here are some photographs from the early days of Sreepur Orphanage

Thank you to all our members and friends for all the support they have given to me over the last 30 years. Rubina Porter M.B.E.

Thank you from all at Sreepur Orphanage

Thank you from all at Sreepur Orphanage

 

Happy 30th Birthday Sreepur

Happy 30th Birthday Sreepur

 


January 2020 – news and updates

Happy New Year to you all.

This is a photograph of a Sreepur quilt on display in St. Theresa’s Church, Birkdale which was taken in the summer,

Sreepur quilt in St Theresa's Church, Birkdale

Sreepur quilt in St Theresa’s Church, Birkdale

 

Ruby would like to thank Isabel for all her hard work raising over £6000 for Sreepur. The money was raised by the Cheshire Churches Harvest Festival Campaign 2019. A very big thank you to all concerned.