In the first week of March we celebrated the birthday of our Founder/Principal Tineke de Silva. It was a day full of surprises. The deaf students had secretly been busy for weeks making beautiful works of art, which were presented after all the rituals and the cutting of the cake. The bouncy castles were also present on the lawn after an absence of 2 years (due to the corona). It was another old-fashioned celebration with cheerful and happy children!
On March 14, we invited the parents of the 4 exam candidates (O-Level) to a meeting about the future possibilities for their child. We had invited a teacher from a Pastry & Cake Training Center to provide information. That is in the Ratmalana School for the Deaf, where the children can also stay internally during the 6-month training. The parents seemed enthusiastic and indicated that they would first like to visit the Institute. After this training they can find a job in a Pizza-Hut or similar.
Our cook suddenly became seriously ill and it turned out that one of his kidneys is no longer working. He is on dialysis and is now on the donor list for a kidney transplant. Due to his sudden absence, the staff members temporarily cooked, helped on the weekends by the oldest students. Kavinya’s parents (father is a cook) took over and cooked for us for almost 14 days until we found 2 ladies who are now making delicious rice and curry meals for us!
Because all the students here spent the last 3 months in school full time, the boys’ hair had to be cut! Our old materials from the salon were no longer usable due to the high humidity. We bought new scissors and hair clippers and all the boys are looking great again!
Sri Lanka is going through a very difficult period. The state treasury is empty and there is a shortage of petrol, diesel, gas, electricity and many basic food products. The power cuts increased from 7 to 10 in March and then 13 hours a day! We have a generator in school but there is no diesel for sale! We take a tuk tuk to do our shopping. Food bills have unfortunately doubled.
Three fathers and a mother of our students have now left for the Middle East for a job this month. There will surely be many more to follow.
It’s mango time again! The mango trees in the school yard were full of fruit. Every day a group of about 15 monkeys came to get their share!
The Covid-19 infections in Sri Lanka fell to 168 per day at the end of March.
Finally, we wish all donors and friends of the Deaf School very happy Easter.