Think pink Sri Lanka - women driving for women

by Rosie May Foundation
Think pink Sri Lanka - women driving for women
Think pink Sri Lanka - women driving for women
Think pink Sri Lanka - women driving for women
Think pink Sri Lanka - women driving for women
Think pink Sri Lanka - women driving for women
Think pink Sri Lanka - women driving for women
Think pink Sri Lanka - women driving for women
Think pink Sri Lanka - women driving for women
Think Pink Drivers with Founder Mary Storrie 2022
Think Pink Drivers with Founder Mary Storrie 2022

After two years of being unable to visit Think Pink in Sri Lanka due to the global pandemic the long wait was finally over!
For Founder, Mary Storrie and our mum drivers it was an emotional reunion. Mary was able to talk to women drivers directly and reflect on their crisis management during the pandemic.
How did they survive? Especially during lockdowns, when as daily wage earners, they lost their income overnight for significant and crippling lengths of time?
Learning from these past experiences, a post Covid strategy has been discussed and planned together, to prevent a drivers income being abruptly halted when disaster strikes, including illness in the family and accidents.
As head of households it is vital that driver mums are able to continue to provide for their families.
As a daily wage earner they are in a precarious position, especially as these mums have limited safety nets to fall back on.
Changing this traditional status of tuk tuk drivers from daily wage earner to employed status will enable job security, prevent financial poverty and along with it improve social mobility for our single parent mums.
Alongside savings groups which will provide education on the importance of saving for a rainy day and opportunities to take out low risk, low interest loans, women drivers supporting each each other is a key element of this model.
This new model will offer flexible, meaningful and mentored employment to professionalise from the precariousness of daily wage earner to the stability of regular paid employment.
It will be a challenging journey for these women to recover from the full impact of the pandemic.
With your continued support we can continue to help them to build a more secure and resilIent future for their families and future generations.
We wish them a healthier and safer 2022!

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Emergency food parcels for drivers
Emergency food parcels for drivers

The fourth wave of Covid-19 has been the most devastating for our women drivers in Sri Lanka.

Not only have their daily wages been abruptly stopped once again, but the recent food shortage of basic foodstuffs is causing hunger for mums and thier families as this is their staple diet.

As our single parent mums struggle to provide food on the table to feed their hungry children we continue to support with emergnecy food drops, a welcome relief especially to those who live in some of the remotest areas.

Each emergency food parcel delivered contains the following

Red raw Rice 3Kg

White raw Rice 2Kg

Dhal 1kg

Chick Peas 1Kg

Sugar 1Kg

Wheat Flour1Kg

Tea leaves 200g

Full cream milk powder 400g

Breakfast Cereal 400g

Noodles 1 Pkt

Soyameat 200g

Dries sprats (Dried fish) 250g

Chocolate Biscuits 500g

Big Onions 1Kg

Potato 1Kg

Carrot 500g

Green Beans 500g

Green Chilies 200g

Cabbage 500g

Brinjals 500g

Pumpkin 500g

Tomato 500g

Lime 250g

Toothpaste (L)

Washing Powder

Washing soap

Toilet soap

This will feed our driver families for the next month whilst they are waiting for schools to reopen.

School runs are the main source of income for our think pink taxis so we will continue to support until they can get back on the road and become independent once again.

Each food parcel costs just £15 to feed a family for a whole month pleas ehelp support if you are able.

Thank you

Delivering to rural areas
Delivering to rural areas
Project team delivering
Project team delivering
Single driver mum and child
Single driver mum and child
Emergency provisions
Emergency provisions
Reaching rural villages
Reaching rural villages
Team tea break
Team tea break
children of driver mum
children of driver mum
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Jega with no work for her Pink tuk tuk
Jega with no work for her Pink tuk tuk

Sadly, our single mum tuk tuk drivers are back in Lockdown.

This second wave of Covid19 is far more devastating than the first one last year. Infection rates are higher and hospitals over capacity.

Our driver mums have no work once again. Their main income is from fares for school runs and schools are closed.

No work means no income. Their safety support network is limited and they had just began to get back on the road in January when schools reopened.

Curfews mean that vehicles are prohibited from being on the road so additional fares are scarce.

Children are going to bed hungry once again. 

We are supporting our mums who are head of households and breadwinners for their family and often extended family by providing emergency dry food parcels again. 

The monsoon rains have contributed to this challenging situation causing landslides and floods.

Our team on the ground continue to support remotely as our driver mums draw upon their strength and resilence to see them through.

We pray for their health and safety during this difficult time.

Thank you for your continued support.

Tuk Tuks off the road
Tuk Tuks off the road
Emergency food provision for driver families
Emergency food provision for driver families
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Emergency food provision for driver families
Emergency food provision for driver families

2020 has been an unpredictable and challenging year for our female tuk tuk drivers and their families.

Like many, they have faced hunger, loss of income, disruption to education and their livelihood as curfews and strict lockdowns in Sri Lanka have kept their Pink Taxi's off the road. 

During lockdown we provided monthly emergency food parcels for families and most recently in December we provided a school bag, with everything in it needed to start the new adaemic year in January 2020 for children.

As schools begin to reopen this means that school runs, a major source of income for our drivers, will resume and mums will be able to feed their chidren again and care for their needs. 

People are slowly returning to work places and going out and about so fares will begin to increase again. However this is slow and precarious work because our mums know that they are putting themselves on the frontline at risk from Covid 19.

We have provided face coverings and Covid safety awareness programmes and provide regular counselling through a drivers support group to help healing of the trauma that our woemn have endured.

And in the aftemath this trauma is ongoing, the true effects of social isolation are yet to be seen as they are on a global scale. 

However, although we are in the same storm, we are not in the same boat. Social support networks are minimal for our single parent women and the pandemic has pushed them back below the poverty line.

Their resilence is remarkable, in the face of adversity they carry on as they always have without complaint. Their only wish is that their children do not suffer and that they can give them the positive future they deserve.

Thank you for your support through GlobalGiving, it is needed now more than ever.


Single mum receiving emergency food parcel
Single mum receiving emergency food parcel
Police support for emergency food distribution
Police support for emergency food distribution
Driver mums wait for emergency food parcels
Driver mums wait for emergency food parcels
Tuk tuk drivers with PPE
Tuk tuk drivers with PPE
Pink Tuk Tuk Fact sheet
Pink Tuk Tuk Fact sheet


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What did lockdown mean for our mum drivers?

Living through lockdown has been tough for our female drivers because they are daily workers. When Sri Lanka went into lockdown their income abruptly ceased. Schools and work places closed so there were no hires and daily curfews meant that tuk tuks were not allowed on the road.

The situation rapidly became desperate. Our driver Mums told us 'we would rather die from Covid than from hunger'.

Drivers to the rescue - emergency Covid 19 support 

 The Rosie May Foundation was able to provide a lifeline to our single mum drivers by providing food parcels each month to feed their families and extended families. Our Think Pink drivers helped distribute food to other local families alongside police escorts and enabled us to feed over 1,000 people during lockdown.

Easing out of lockdown

As schools reopened and people started returning to work our drivers were able to get back on the road providing Covid safe journeys for women and children. They are still not able to work to full capacity as hires have decreased because of the is a rise in unemployment post Covid and very few tourists.

Our trainee drivers have now resumed their lessons and have started practice driving with our experienced mentor drivers. It will take time to recover from the impact of the pandemic, as it will globally, however our women drivers are determined to come through this stronger and more resiliant than before. 

The future is Pink.  

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