Thanks to these lovely children in Sandefjord selling second hand toys and Norwegian waffels to collect money to "The family by the river". They Vippsed the 710,- NOK (84 USD) to #86985 NewUse Forening.
After Singhalese NewYear and Easter, Hikkaduwa is really starting to slow down. It´s time to start to look back on our first season of running the NewUse shop, and it´s been such an amazing experience. The shop has been a success almost from day one, and a lot of new customers everyday. Not to mention over valued regulars, some people come in on a weekly basis to check what is new in :)
Within this very first season, the shop is already making a good profit (more details on the numbers later, after audit is finalised), and we have reached our goal to be a self sustainable organisation. That is great! We have also gained a lot of experience and contacts to make the upcoming season even better. There will be new products, new ideas and a continueing effort to share all that is good about recycling and reusing. As you all know, 100% of the shop profits and cash donations are used for charity projects, so this will do good in a lot of ways.
More details will follow, but for now I just wanted to say thank you to the two girls in charge for the daily work at the shop: Nikeshala (to the left in the picture) and Keshala (to the right). You girls are doing an excellent job! And also Anne Nystad, that helped us out for a month in April. The ones following New Use in Facebook, have seen posts and updates from her as well. Thank you :)
We are also planning to keep the shop open all summer. So if you visit Hikkaduwa over the next months, please come visit! The opening hours will be like this:
- Merete - NewUse
Sometimes we are totally blown away, by all the support we get from people all of the world. A couple of months ago, we received a mail from Guri Berg Benjaminsen from Stjørdal in Norway. She was going to Sri Lanka together with her family in February, and wanted to support our organization. Guri works as a teacher, and involved her class in this. The third graders at "Haraldreina Scool" have learned about Sri Lanka´s geography, culture and history, and were also introduced, (by pictures and videos) to New Use and "the family by the river". The children in Guri´s class, did collect more than 300 clothes and shoes, that Guri brought over to our shop in Hikkaduwa. From the income of these donations, New Use are building a house to the family.
The children in Norway had also made a book of drawings for the daughter, which Guri handed over to her, together with some coloring books and pencils. The family really appreciated the visit from Norway, and when they heard that Guri was a teacher they proudly showed her their daughters school works. D started coloring in the books right away, and was so happy for the gifts. They wanted me to say "thank you" to all the class and their families that are supporting them!
Below: screenshot to an article from their local newspaper - LINK.
It´s been a while since we introduced you to this family, living just outside of Hikkaduwa and in desperate need of a house to live in. The father told us that the hardest part about living like they do, is that that they don´t have electricity, and it is completely dark after the sun sets in the evening. "How can our daughter do her homework without light"? Tiramadurage asked us.
Since we knew there would take time to find the money to build a house for this family, we decided that we wanted to help them with something temporary. Jørn went to Galle, and bought a simple Solar power light system, and installed it on their shack.
In addition, we also gave Tiramadurage a fishing net, that would help him increase his catch of fish. A small thing for us, but a great impact for the family!
The plan is still, of course, to give them a safe house to live in. And we got some amazing news regarding this: A local charity has given the family a small land where they can set up a house! This is so good news, and this means that we are one step closer to the goal. All we need to do now, is to raise money for the construction and building of the house itself.
If you want to help us, you can donate HERE (PayPal link), Norwegians can use VIPPS (#86985) or bank account: 1503.85.92952.
Do you remember this blog post about our first donation, from Ann Millen from Australia? And this story about how Jørn was creative and cut her back pack into a million pieces and used everyone of them in recycling products? He made one day-pack, used some straps in one shoulder bag, some clips in another etc, all of the products sold in our shop in Hikkaduwa.
Any Millen came by our shop again a while ago, to give us a lot of donations, before leaving Sri Lanka. At the time I showed her this "surf-fin-bag", the last remaining piece from her old backpack. She was so excited to see and hear about what happened to her old "travel-buddy". She loved the idea that it is still traveling around the world...
This is why second hand, reuse and recycle is such an adventure!