School vacation after second term

July, 26th 2019

(Please, see pictures in the German version by pressing “Deutsch” on the right side.) Today is the end of schooling after the second trimester of the school year. There were again “reports”, that is, certificates that already show whether results have already improved after the first certificate at the beginning of April. Our godchildren take special care because they can now take part regularly in the usual “tuition lessons”, a kind of support courses in many subjects by the monthly scholarship money of their German godparents and thus, their grades in the term tests – ie at exams or classwork at the end of a trimester – can be better. And luckily we are repeatedly told that it is so. Great! (Continue reading…)

Opening ceremony and moving into the new house!

May, 19th 2019

(See pictures in German version, pressing button “Deutsch” here on the right side.) Neuwied-Matara-Friendship-Association is extremely happy that the new house for Ushana, her father and four sisters could be opened today in a ceremony that is usual in Sri Lanka. The old house was destroyed by a really bad incident which even caused their mother’s death. So, Ushana was accepted in the Association’s scholarship programme, but something had to be done for the whole family. And here we are: a simple, solid and nice house was built with the help of generous donations. Articles in local newspapers gave information and encouraged lots of people to help by their donations. We all wish good luck, a peaceful life in that new house, good health and happiness within the family.

Useful gifts make hard life easier

May, 13th 2019

(For pictures press button “Deutsch” on the right side.) Big surprise for young scholarship student Achini and her mother: The German sponsor, Mr. Joseph, member of Neuwied-Matara-Friendship-Association, who visited them in March for the first time, promised to help by offering two folding beds and a refrigerator. So, uncomfortable mats on the floor were replaced by two comfortable beds and mattresses which use a lot of space in the really small and single room, but can be folded in the morning and stored during day time. This feels much better than sleeping on the hard floor.

Another remarkable improvement is the new fridge that helps to protect food and drinks against humidity, heat and insects. It’s really extraordinary for the new owners to have such a luxurious, but useful device. Mother and daughter are really happy,…and so is their donor! Thanks, a lot, Mr. Joseph! Bohome istuti!

Pleasant visit from Germany – Achini meets her sponsor

April, 4th 2019

(For pictures, please, press button “Deutsch” here on the right side!) Mr. Josef from Germany visits his godchild Achini at Anura College: It’s great to have such a visit on an ordinary Tuesday at school. Suddenly, the godfather from Germany stands in front of the classroom and visits his godchild, whom he has been looking after for two years already. Letters were written, photos exchanged, ….but a personal visit, that is something very special and does not occur in every sponsorship. Mr. Josef has always wanted to know how and where and exactly who he has been helping for a long time. So, he has just booked a trip to Sri Lanka, had already wonderful experiences in the last week on his tour around the Island, and now, the most important thing is happening: he can meet his godchild, and of course, he also visits her at home with her mother. Everything is well organized, and the coordinating teacher, Mr. Wasantha, picks up Mr. Josef at the train station – usual delay of the train included – takes him to school, introduces him to the senior monk, and then they are off for the 7th grade-classroom, where, today, Achini is the main character and cannot believe that this is true. After class, they go home, meeting Achini’s mother, who welcomes the guest in her modest home. Josef looks around and discovers quickly where help is needed: at least a folding bed should be given – because there is no room for a normal bed – so that Achini does not have to sleep on the floor anymore. A small desk was already given to her by her godfather last year. So, school work can be done reasonably already – and now she will even sleep comfortably! This is and will remain the best surprise and joy for the upcoming New Year celebration in Sri Lanka in the middle of April. Bohome istuti! – Many thanks, Mr. Josef!

Crafting lesson in German and English at Anura College

March, 19th 2019

(Please, look at pictures in the German version. Press “Deutsch” here on the right side.)

The two trainees Alana and Sabrina have brought a lot of great crafting material from Germany, and on the second but last day of their internship at Anura College this must finally be used to make some nice objects. Bright colours, funny animals, beautiful flowers, butterflies, caterpillars or other creatures … .The ideas are manifold, the creativity unlimited and the joy exuberant as the smiling faces make clear. Even the bracelets with the respective Sinhalese names are a great accessory even for the boys, which they proudly show when pictures are being taken. The group picture at the end gives evidence of how much joy and dedication has been involved in these activities. It will not be easy to say goodbye to the two young German ladies tomorrow and let them go, and even they will not find it easy to leave the boys and girls in whose company they could teach and learn and enjoy learning mutually. The Neuwied-Matara-Friendship-Association is very glad to give young people the opportunity to represent Germany at the school when board members or other members of the association cannot be there. Those internships are not only meant to enrich the obligatory English lessons, but also refresh and expand the few German language skills that are still available sporadically – depending on the length of stay of the corresponding teachers.