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

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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Women supporting women
Women supporting women

Our single mum Tuk Tuk drivers in Sri Lanka have no work as schools are closed and people are being asked to stay at home . There is a curfew in place because of the COVID-19 virus. 

Their livelihood depends on erning an income as a taxi driver and the impact is that they are now struggling to feed their families in this time of crisis. We are now trying to put funds in place to deliver practical on the ground emergency support of food, medicine and baby milk to those vulnerable families. 

 

In the Uk we have our own Tuk Tuk called Rosie and we are using to make food and prescription deliveries to local Vulnerable families at this time in crisis. Follow our instagram and facebook page for more information

Strength for women
Strength for women
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Founders Mary and Graham Launching UK tuk tuk
Founders Mary and Graham Launching UK tuk tuk

BBC reports on the progress of the Think Pink Project in Sri Lanka which is lifting single mums out of poverty, keeping children out of orphanages and at home where they belong.

Mums involved in the programm are now erning three times what they were before, with is enabling them to put food on the table and send their children to school. we have 11 Tuk tuks in Hikkaduwa and 10 more ladies being trained in Columbo... the future looks bright. 

 In the video attached you can meet some of our drivers and hear about future plans ......its an exciting project making a huge impact and with your help we can do more! We would like to see our pilot project grow to other countries which are in need and where children are at risk of abandonment. 

The Rosie May Foundation have now launched a tuk tuk in the UK 'Rosie the little pink Tuk Tuk' which is available to hire and can be seen at their events throughout the year. If you are interested in hiring the tuk tuk please contact the Rosie May Foundation directly.

Please follow the link to our YOUTUBE page to get your update from our Founder and CEO, Mary Storrie!

Thank you for your support, we are so grateful! 

 

The Rosie May Team x

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Tuk Tuks
Tuk Tuks

We are delighted that we now have a fleet of 10 Tuk tuks and 10 women drivers!

Women driving for women- Highly visible Pink taxis provide safe journeys for women and children, especially girls.

Our impact 

  • Driver training for 12 Single mums to give them a stustainable income. 
  • Personal safety for 900+ women and children, especially girls.
  • Breaking cultural barriers by training women in a male dominated profession. 
  • Increased digital inclusion for drivers through use of smart phones. 
  • Increased productivity for mums who no longer have to chaperone their daughters to school.

 

Disna is one of the first Think Pink taxi drivers in Sri Lanka. When Disna's husband was killed in an accident she was left with no income and five daughters to care for.  Less than two years ago, she was close to dispair.

When the police told me my husband was dead I could not belive it. I did not know how i would be able to look after my five girls. I was desperate. This was when I thought it would be better to take my own life. This would have been my destiny if it were not for Project Hope. 

Disna is one of our first mums to learn to drive through Project Hope and is now providing regular school runs for children, which gives her a robust income. As Disna lives in a tourist area, she is attending our free English lessons to be ables to offer her taxi to local tourists and increase her earning potential. 

Dinsa is a member of one of our savings groups with the other taxi driver mums and now has her first bank account. Most recently she has signed up with PickMe who we are partnered with to increase her work and saftey by accepting bookings through app hailing. 

'Over 90% of women in Sri Lanka have experianced sexual harassment on public transport' UNFPA, 2016

Tuks
Tuks
Our line up
Our line up
Pink Tuk Tuk
Pink Tuk Tuk

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