Here we go again! – The Indian Ocean and Sri Lanka are waiting!

August, 30th 2017

20170830_165837 The vice president of Neuwied-Matara-Friendship-Association, Mrs. Edeltrud Pinger, is planning her 16th journey to Sri Lanka in mid-September, and there is a lot of planning, organizing, collecting,..…although there is always the danger of her suitcase bursting at the seams.Last Saturday, a board meeting took place and the members discussed Mrs. Pinger’s tasks and duties to be performed in Matara. Checking the former projects and buildings, commissioning repair works if necessary, teaching German lessons, visiting  –  at least  – nine scholarship students and their families at home, talking to their parents – assisted by our school coordinator Mr. Wasantha, of course. It is really important to be serious when selecting new scholarship students. (Continue reading…)

Finally! – Meeting of godparents and godchild for the first time!

July, 18th 2017

img-20170717-wa0037 That was the long-awaited moment! In the morning, the German guests were shown around the school premises, visited students and teachers and watched their activities in the home science rooms and library and finally met their scholarship student Nethra. Big smiles on all faces. They had seen photographs of each other before, but this moment here was a very special one. Some words in English – the little, shy voice took some time to become more self-confident – but the English teacher helped to translate from and into Singhalese. Those faces spoke volumes and were aglow with happiness. Sophia is a bit older, but here were two young girls who, quickly, found common ground and language problem could be overcome easily. “Necessity is the mother of invention”. (Continue reading…)

German donor’s visit to meet scholarship student – First impression: perfect!

July, 17th 2017

img-20170716-wa0000 That’s a really exciting story: the long flight on Sunday, transfer from Colombo to Koggala Beach Hotel and the first fresh king-coconut-drink at the reception! Andreas Hoss with Karin and Sophia arrived sound and safe, and a voluminous, maybe tiring, but certainly great and amazing programme lies ahead of them. First they will have to cope with jetlag, strains of the long-distance-travel, the humid climate that you will have to get used to. There are hundreds of new sights and impressions; not much time to get used to. But there is enough positive energy aiming at curiosity instead of fear. (Continue reading…)

With sincere and deepest sympathy

July, 5th 2017

ob-roth-1 We are mourning the sudden death of our highly honored Lord Mayor of Neuwied and founding member Mr. Nikolaus Roth, a good friend, dynamic and active initiator and supporter of our Neuwied-Matara Friendship Association.

He had just started his well-deserved holidays in Greece, together with his dear wife. On board of a sailing ship he suffered from a break-down and passed away abruptly against any expectation. He was only 59 years old and leaves his wife, two children, children in law and his first very young grandchild and, also departs from a very dedicated and active professional life. (Continue reading…)

100 monsoon-affected families supported by German friends

June, 26th 2017

img-20170625-wa0024 Lots of Matara inhabitants and from the surroundings were struck by monsoon-floods end of May. Several feet of water penetrating into houses and huts and remaining there for several days, flooded roads and destroyed interior 18738430_452877915045989_4384272007067616021_o fittings, all this is a real disaster for hundreds of families. Most of them had to find shelter at friends’ or other family members’ houses. There were even reception camps at Rahula College and other places. It will take some time and cost lots of money to clean, repair, reconstruct and come back to normal. (Continue reading…)


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