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In February 2005, the Sri Lankan charity, Aqua Heritage Trust invited the Create Trust to design & head up a ‘Healing through Art’ programme in Pettigalla Watta, Galle, Sri Lanka. This initial eight week programme was the beginning of eight months work in southern Sri Lanka.  We worked to bring trauma relief to tsunami affected children through creative education projects, and to beautify and personalize their temporary living space.

Pettigalla Watta refugee camp. Galle     February – March 2005   and   September – October 2005

This is where the work of The Create Trust began, with a small community in Galle, living in temporary accommodation in a district called Pettigalla Watta. We ran creative education workshops with around 30 children and worked with the whole community on a series of beautification schemes, awareness raising exercises and moral boosting endeavours. Self respect was at the heart of all the work.

Unawattuna refugee camp.     September – October 2005

In the centre of Unawattuna this refugee camp had sprung up housing a community of 70-80 people. We worked with the children, running creative education workshops for six weeks, delivering three sessions per week, to between 30 and 40 children.
The focus was on drawing and painting as the group were particularly interested in these mediums.

Kasbapana refugee camp.     Sept/Oct/Nov 2005

This camp outside Galle accommodated a community of around 90 people, including 40 or so children.
From early September 2005, we worked in the camp three days a week for three months. Visual art workshops were conducted with children and young people, ranging from six to 17 years of age.     
Feb/March/April 2006
– We continued the programme begun in September 2005, with more photography and a series of Visual Art and Dance & Movement workshops.

Thellwatta, Hikkaduwa.     April/May 2005

A very large refugee camp just outside Hikkaduwa. ‘Create’ worked here in conjunction with Danish Peoples Aid, running photographic workshops for some of the 200 or so children and teenagers in the camp. We instigated a photographic project, distributing disposable cameras and asking the group to make images of their ‘Families Friends and Homes’.

Akura, Hikkaduwa.     April/May 2005

In the sister camp to Thellwatta, we again teamed up with Danish Peoples Aid, conducting a related photographic project with children and teenagers from the camp. In total 42 children took part in the photographic project,  with all those involved finding it stimulating and fun.

Teacher Training Programme.     March/April 2006

Graham Peebles was invited by the Galle Divisional Education Department to give a series of talks at the Ruhuna National College of Education. The talks focused on the underlying purpose of education. The basis of the discussions, was how educators can best enable children/young people to explore their creative abilities and fulfil their innate potential. The impact of socialogical and psychological conditioning was examined, in what proved to be a series of lively, interactive debates.

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