Here we go again! – The Indian Ocean and Sri Lanka are waiting!
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. (more…)
Finally! – Meeting of godparents and godchild for the first time!
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”. (more…)
German donor’s visit to meet scholarship student – First impression: perfect!
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. (more…)
With sincere and deepest sympathy
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. (more…)
100 monsoon-affected families supported by German friends
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
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. (more…)
First results coming up to our hopeful expectations
It’s a great pleasure to see the pictures showing progress of building activities that we planned together with our construction manager Mr. de Silva. A house will be built in a very remote and difficult to access area for one of our scholarship students’ families in need. Our members, friends, and those who read in our local newspapers about the new project, became generous donors, and finally we were able to move from planning stage to implementation. It’s a rather long way to go from Matara to that place and transporting materials through rough terrain. (more…)
“A new wind is blowing”… at Anura Pre School….!
At PSPS (Princess Sophie Pre School), part of Anura College, Matara, we were able to grant good equipment and teaching materials in the last months, thanks to the protectress and patron Princess Sophie of Neuwied. (more…)
New Sound-system and curtains – more improvements by German friendship association
The nice new library is not only a place where students can read,
work, study,….but also a suitable room to store new books, but particularly precious old books of old Manthinda library, and they should be treated in a way that helps them to survive as long as possible. But environmental influence, extreme humidity, wind, rain, dust and air pollution from the roads around the school premises, are a big problem, which can damage the books and makes it difficult to protect them. You cannot close the library completely by windows, because there must be good ventilation. So, some good curtains, at least, might help to avoid worse results. (more…)
New playground and wash basin nearly finished – and so have Marie and Jana, with regard to their traineeship! Alas!
There was a lot of work to be done in the outdoor area of Anura College and PSPS (Preschool) during the last weeks. Our president, Mr. Bernd Mertgen, could see quite good results before he left Sri Lanka after two and a half months on the island, and he took home some nice photographs.
When you compare the pictures of February 21st to the ones here in this article, you will see that the wall was painted in (still) spotless white colour, playground equipment was put up, there are some new items as for example some painted car tyres, and children are happy to use the new area. (more…)
Science lessons become clear, vivid and demonstrative
Science department at Anura College is lucky to buy materials and small equipment for lessons, particularly in chemistry. Dr. Thomas Behnke from Neuwied, a diabetologist, got informed about our projects in Sri Lanka and turned out to become a generous supporter. For the second time already, he donated money, and teachers and students are really happy to use these things in science lessons and generate a vivid and concrete image of chemical processes.
Science teacher, Mrs. Lakshmi, and her colleagues provided a wish list that could be actualized last week. Our reliable coordinator, Mr. Ruwan Abegunewardene, accompanied the science teacher and offered his van to go to Galle for shopping and transport. Materials, substances and gadgetry for about 300 € (approx. 45,000.00 Rs) can be used in science lessons now, and deliver insight into processes closely related to practice. Thanks a lot, Doctor Behnke, bohome istuti!