Monthly Archives: October 2014

Hearing aids donation

Posted on by Jaya

Thanks to the generosity of SRI Trustee, Mr Jonathan, SRI has been able to provide new digital hearings for students at Debarawewa President’s Primary College.

The deaf students with their teacher and me outside SRI's office

The deaf students with their teacher and me outside SRI’s office

SRI built a multi-purpose centre at the school in 2008 and it has two classrooms for special needs children and one for deaf students.

We have continued to support the centre since its opening and wanted to provide hearing aids for some of the students who have recently enrolled there.

The first task was to get their hearing testing at nearby Matara and once this was completed to purchase hearing aids calibrated for their ears and new moulds to fit them.

These came from Colombo and were not cheap.

Each hearing aid cost about US$230.

All the students came to SRI’s office on Tuesday to get their new hearing aids along with their teacher Mrs Isangika.

They have also been back to Matara to receive some training in how to use them.

Now their teacher has to help them to speak as many of the children have been deaf since birth.

Sahan (left), Sudeera (middle) and Nipuna (right) outside SRI's office

Sahan (left), Sudeera (middle) and Nipuna (right) outside SRI’s office

Sahan

Sahan comes from a family where both of his parents are deaf.

His father works as a fisherman.

He has just started at the centre.

He also has problems walking as he suffers from a polio-like problem.

Sudeera

Sudeera is a very lively 14-year old boy.

He has been deaf since birth.

He was at the centre when we first opened it in 2008 and this is now his second set of hearing aids after he outgrew the first.

Nipuna

Nipuna is 20 year’s old and has been at the centre since we first opened it.

He was among the original batch of children to get a digital hearing aid, but he has now outgrown it.

Now that he has left the centre, we are enrolling him at our computer centre so he can learn some IT skills and get a job.

He is also a very talented artist and produced the artwork for one of SRI’s calendars.

Chameera with his new hearing aid

Chameera with his new hearing aid


Chameera

Chameera is 15 years old.

His father is a farmer and his mother is a housewife.

He has also just started at the centre.

He has also been deaf since birth.

He says he can drive a tractor to help his father but has has problems getting a license.

Chamila

We first came across Chamila when she enrolled at the computer centre to study for our basic certificate course.

Chamila having her ears tested before the new hearing aid is put in

Chamila having her ears tested before the new hearing aid is put in

She is a very clever girl, but has had many problems in her life.

She was abandoned by her husband and is now looking after a young daughter on her own and with no income.

Last month her father was paralysed and she is also now trying to care for him as well.

Chamila has been deaf since an accident when she was a teenager.

As well as giving her a proper hearing aid, we have also enrolled her at the deaf centre.

She is going to help out the teacher and also receive tuition alongside the other pupils so she learns to talk once more.

Our computer centre manager, Tharindu, has also been helping her to learn graphic design so she can prepare pamphlets and leaflets for businesses in the town.

Drought Relief

Posted on by Jaya

For the last 10 months there has been no rain across much of Southern Province where we are based.

Drought reliefAs a result of this, many rural villages have been affected. Families there have had no income since they rely on farming.

I helped co-ordinate government efforts to provide food and water for 165 families in the Osuwina area working with local village head Mr Kusumsiri.

As well as water, we also distributed rice, dhal and coconuts.

With me, were two government social workers, Senaka Ravindra and Senadeera Grama Niladari.

Many animals in nearby Yala National Park were also affected as all the water tanks have dried up and there are no edible grasses left.

I worked with the Department of Wildlife Conservation to bring in fodder from Kegalle my hometown in the Central Highlands where it rains a lot.

Some people don’t think it is a good idea to bring fodder into national parks from outside areas, as elephants are not tame pets.

But in this case it was absolutely necessary and we bought two big lorries of animal fodder.