12. March 2012 10:31
Retired teacher Ruby Porter visited Cavendish Court this afternoon. As well as being a winner in the Humanitarian category of the Merseyside Women of the Year awards she received an MBE in January 2011 for over 40 years of community work both in Liverpool and Bangladesh. Ruby was only just with the Queen on Wednesday 7th March at St Paul’s cathedral to mark the start of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Ruby, first got involved in helping the Sree Pur 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 and will be back in Bangladesh this coming Tuesday.
She has set up workshops in embroidery, spinning and weaving to enable the women to make cards, scarves and gifts to sell and provide for their families.
The residents bought bags, cards and scarves made by the people of Sree Pur village and the Home made a donation to the charity.