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Sreepur Village

Ruby Porter, member of the Embroiderers’ Guild, first got involved in helping the Sreepur Village Orphanage and Women’s Refuge in Bangladesh after seeing a TV documentary which said they needed textile equipment. A textiles and embroidery teacher at Liverpool Community College at the time, she wrote to offer supplies.

By return post a letter came to say that they could not pay for her to go to Bangladesh but they desperately needed her skills too. So alone she set off to the unknown with as much sewing equipment as her baggage allowance would allow and when she arrived to a semi jungle there was nothing there but 600 children and 150 destitute women, some as young as 13.

Ruby, a mother of four, has since made more than 30 self-funded visits to Bangladesh, setting up textile workshops.

Click on the following links to learn about and see more of Ruby’s contribution to Sreepur. You can also donate to this wonderful project via the website

Threading Dreams Exhibition - Exhibition of textiles and embroidery handmade by amazing women at the Sreepur Village, Bangladesh
Sreepur Embroidered Products

This is an exhibition of textiles and embroidery from the Sreepur Village, Bangladesh and also from the rural areas. All this beautiful work is created in adverse poverty by amazing women. There will be handmade cards, silk scarves and other gifts for sale. All proceeds will go to the 600 children and 150 destitute mothers who live at Sreepur, plus the Street Children project we run on the railway, the riverbanks and at Dhaka Airport. Millions of street children live literally on the streets in Bangladesh. Ruby Porter (MBE) will be in attendance each day from 11am to 4pm to talk about her voluntary work in Bangladesh over the last 27 years.

Dates for 2017

Liverpool Town Hall, High Street, Liverpool L2 3SW, Monday 14th August - Thursday 24th August 2017

Readers Gallery, Calderstones Park, Calderstones Road, Liverpool L18 3JB, Monday 25th September - Sunday 1st October 2017

St Barnabus Church, Penny Lane, Liverpool L18 1LZ, Monday 23rd October - Saturday 28th October 2017

Click on this link to see more about the exhibition

Ruby and her husband have recently returned from their latest trip to Sreepur. Ruby tells us "All is going well - it is lovely to see the mothers and children. We took armbands for the children's swimming class. Learning to swim in vitally important because the most common form of death in children in Bangladesh is drowning. We bought 700 ice creams - the ice cream man rode his bike 7 miles through semi-jungle. New mums and babies still coming in and they are happy and safe with us."
Mothers and babies in Sreepur Mother and baby in Sreepur
Mothers and babies in Sreepur Mother and baby recently arrived

Ruby helps one of the girls Working on embroidery for the exhibition
Ruby helps one of the girls with her embroidery Working on embroidery for the exhibition
Ice creams for everyone! Let's go swimming!
Ice Creams for everyone! Let's go swimming!
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