Newsletter March 2020.
On March 2nd all the staff members and pupils went to Colombo to the annual “Musical Show” organized by the Rotaract Club. It is every year an afternoon with famous artists, dancing,nice food and presents, so the children are always looking forward to participate.
Tineke de Silva, Founder/Principal of the Deaf School, celebrated her birthday on March 5th. As there was a heat wave in Sri Lanka, the celebration was fully indoors. It started with lighting the oil lamp, cutting of the cake and a party.
One week later we celebrated the birthday of “poddi Ishan”. His parents, grandparents, uncles with families travelled 3 hours to come to our Deaf School in time for cutting the cake and to be with the deaf children. Ishan was born deaf but has also other disabilities. The first year of his life he was spending in the Children’s Hospital in Colombo. Because of his strong will and the positive thinking of his parents, he is now functioning like all the other children of our School.
On March 12th the news came that the Government ordered all the schools to close on March 13 till April 20th, because of the Corona Virus outbreak. Many of the parents telephoned immediately to school. On Friday (13) all the children were picked up by worried parents.
The same moment the panic buying in shops and patrol stations started. Everybody had fear!
The heat wave was responsible that all the plants dried up in our vegetable land. After the monsoon starts, we have to plant all the vegetables again.
We are happy to say that up to now nobody died of the Corona Virus in Sri Lanka. There are round 100 cases. The Government is very strict.
On March 20th an island wide curfew came into force. In the Colombo District it will go on for a long unknown period.
The tourist industry is badly affected by the outbreak of the Corona Virus. Most tourist tried to leave the country and many others are in Quarantine Centers. In the Colombo District there still are 800 tourist waiting for repatriation.
At the end of March no new COVID-19 cases were reported in Sri Lanka. Let us hope that the Government has everything under control for the safety of all Sri Lankans!
During the curfew there was nice time to pluck mango’s and to plant some vegetable seeds!