The new school year started on January 3. It was a happy reunion for all the students.
On January 7, Mudithe (director) and Pathum (IT-Instructor) followed a special workshop for new developments in creating and adjusting the website. Very important for our school website.
There was a special meeting in the District Center of Moratuwa for all heads of schools about the increasing drug use among students. In Sri Lanka, more and more school children are confronted with “ice drugs”, which look like beautiful colored candies or lollipops. This should also be discussed with parents in all schools during a parent day. Our deaf students are fortunately less at risk because they live here internally in the school and are only picked up and dropped off for the holidays.
On January 9, the 2 deaf students Suneru and Chamindu got a little brother! It is a very poor family; father is unemployed and mother is a tea picker. Our school helps this mother monthly, especially now that she can’t work for the time being.
Marion and Thomas from Germany were finally able to come again after 3 years to fit hearing aids for the children. This was a project of the Lions Club in Germany in collaboration with the Lions Club in Sri Lanka. 17 students received a new hearing aid and Thomas also made the earpieces. Very child-friendly people and a wonderful Lions Club project. They stayed for a few days in the Deaf School.
On January 17, Mudithe, Pathum and a group of senior students set out for the annual climbing of Adams Peak. This time they provided breakfast for a group of monks on top of the mountain (giving a Dana).
Because there is a lot of dengue fever in Sri Lanka, at the end of the month people from the municipality came with a smoke machine with which they sprayed a chemical against mosquitoes in both the building and the school garden. We hope it helps.
One of our deaf former students received his Bachelor’s Degree at Ruhuna University at Matara. We are so proud of him, just like his parents!
This month there was also weekly baking in the cooking class and tasty things such as biscuit pudding, cookies and snacks. It’s a new surprise every week.
The power cuts are still in effect. Currently 3 hours a day. Petrol, diesel and gas costs have again increased considerably. Local council elections will be held in March. We are curious what the result will be!