Newsletter April 2021
At the beginning of April, Nuwan, our new agriculture teacher, started to further develop our vegetable land and involve the deaf students in this. Most of the children come from the countryside and are very interested.
In Sri Lanka and India, the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year was celebrated on April 13-14. During the cooking class we made with the students the special dishes that are eaten at this party. The last day before the holiday we held the “New Year’s Games” in school and served the special snacks with a home-made mango drink and cake. This time we organized everything in the Auditorium because it was too hot outside (36 degrees). The sun is directly over Sri Lanka during this period.
From April 8 to April 18, the students went home to celebrate the New Year.
On April 20, Pathum, our IT Instructor, became the father of a baby boy. Pathum was born deaf and his wife Christina is also completely deaf (both former students of our Deaf School). They live with Pathum’s parents in Galle, from whom they receive all the support.
On April 27, a team from our School for the Deaf went to the School for the Deaf in Balangoda to donate 10 of our used computers. How happy the staff and deaf students there were with this gift. Their computers had been out of service for a long time and could not be repaired. We will keep in touch with this Deaf School.
On the same day in the afternoon it was announced on radio and TV that all schools throughout Sri Lanka had to close immediately due to the great wave of Covid-19 infections in many schools, supermarkets and other locations. A striking number of young people have been infected this time. We called the parents and on April 28 the students were picked up in the morning.
We thought we were safe in a “bubble” with our students, but we still had to close. We feel frustrated. The Sinhalese and Tamil New Year has unfortunately been celebrated too exuberantly and we now have to pay for it. We just wait for further instructions, we have no choice.