Dear everyone,

we have recently found a cheap and convenient way to send all kinds of goods to Sri Lanka by sea container. The goods are picked up by a carrier, then customs cleared and delivered directly to the project in Sri Lanka. Normally the goods are on their way for 6 weeks, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic it takes a little longer for them to get there at the moment. In our last delivery we packed clothes, towels, bed linen and many other things that can be used in the project.

Some of you may be asking now, why we chose to send clothes to Sri Lanka, when the country has its own clothing industry. The answer is that the clothes that are made for Sri Lanka's own market are often of very poor quality and wear of rather quickly. The quality of products found in Germany is much higher and has a longer lifespan than products produced in Sri Lanka. In addition, Germany produces enormous quantities of usable second-hand clothes, which can be repurposed very well and are welcomed with open arms in Sri Lanka.

It is necessary to mention that we only accept higher quality, washed and not worn out boys summer clothes and shoes. Bed linen and towels are also always welcome. Everything is sorted, checked and packed cleanly in big cardboard boxes.

At the moment, the person responsible for the delivery assembles an overseas container to Sri Lanka 3 - 4 times a year. Currently, one big cardboard box amounts to 30,00. The costs for the delivery in Sri Lanka are then 20.00 € and the delivery is free of charge if more then 1ß boxes are being sent. For our project this option is definitely worthwhile.

So if you remember the stack of old clothes or bed linen that are too good to throw away and you have therefore kept somewhere in the back corner of your closet, think of us. We are happy to receive boys' summer clothes, bedding, towels or even working tools. Get in touch with us: Contact us either by phone or better yet by mail. If you don't have any old clothes, but still want to support this course, you could also cover the transportation cost of on cardboard box. You will of course receive a donation receipt for this.

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Große Freude bei Dimuthu
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Garden Project

2020 is officially the year of change. As we all know Sri Lanka has not been spared from the Corona pandemic, which is why we had to reset our goals for this year. In the following report we have summarized the last months, especially the progress of our garden project for you.

At the end of March schools and kindergartens in Sri Lanka were closed down without a re‑opening in sight for a long time. The imposed curfew heavily affected us at the beginning, when nothing was clear and everyone’s knowledge was mainly based on assumptions. Some of the employees stayed at home to avoid possible fines, which are extremely high in Sri Lanka. Since our employees travel to work by bike or on foot, they had to apply for a special permit to come and look after the children. Our project manager Pavithra also received a special driving permit from the local police for the time of the curfew, so that she could travel between her home and Dedunu.

Since the number of cases in the Kalutara District, where Dedunu is located, was comparatively high, very strict regulations applied. A continuous curfew was imposed, which was only interrupted for a short period of time during the afternoon to open supermarkets, but stores otherwise remained closed and nobody was allowed to go out on the street. Due to the curfew and the closed stores, it was not possible to buy food in the beginning. Fortunately, we had prepared in advance and had a full pantry with enough rice, lentils, dried products, spices and gas for cooking. As a non-profit organization, we also received two government food packages.

The crisis is not easy for anyone, but our goal was to make the best of the situation by using the time effectively and implementing new ideas. Since school was closed, all of our children had to stay home. Due to the regulations, nobody other than our employees were allowed to enter the property, no private teacher could come to teach the children. This means that there were not many options left to continue the education of the children as usual as online teaching is not an option in Sri Lanka. The only possibility was to work through the books the children had received at the beginning of the school year. This left quite a lot of time where the boys had to be occupied. So what better thing to do, that work outside in the garden? As many people did during lockdown, our boys helped to advance our garden project. This way the governmental lockdown period had a very positive side effect for our project. In the past months, with the help of our boys, huge progress could be made in our garden.

From the very beginning the aim was to expand our self-sufficiency and thus to bring a greater variety of fruit and vegetable plants into our project. They cleared, dug, felled, chopped, shovelled, planted and sowed: everyone pitched in and so in the last few months an incredible amount of work has been done.

After our visit to the project in August 2019, the construction of a new staircase was planned as a simultaneous protection against flooding in heavy rain, which has been completed in December last year. After the basic construction work, our employees with the help of the children were able to start sowing and growing vegetables and fruit with the help of the children. Typical Sri Lankan fruit and vegetable varieties were planted. One of our older boys, who left the orphanage some time ago, now works as a vegetable farmer. In order to support the garden project, he spent 3 days at Dedunu and shared his newly gained knowledge with his brothers and the orphanage staff.

Our children were able to experience for themselves how valuable the work in their own garden can be and how wonderful it is to be able to hold their first own vegetables in their hands. They could already harvest limes, peppers, eggplants, lychees, cashew nuts, mangoes, jackfruit, bananas and many more things. This of course arises the curiosity of everyone, everyone wants to be the first, see what changes and what is happening.

 

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Sri Lanka Flair

Sri Lanka Flair 2020

 

Dear Dedunu-Friends

the Covid-19 pandemic has changed a lot for our project in 2020. Most events, that we participate in every year, have been cancelled. This includes for example the spring market in Rödelsee, the so-called Kirschbütenmarkt (cherry-blossom market) in Markt Einersheim and the “Kirchweih” in Iphofen. Some important sources of revenue, which we usually can rely on year after year, have thus disappeared.

Earlier this year the question we had to ask ourselves, whether the pandemic would also affect our event Sri Lanka Flair 2020. As the situation could change very quickly, we didn’t have the luxury of planning ahead, so we had to wait and see. Should we reschedule or change location? Would we really have to cancel? What regulations would come into effect? The Bavarian state government should soon give us answers.

We had to stay up to date and see, whether we were able to implement the regulations given in the field of gastronomy. The hygienic handling of food has always been a matter of course for us, but what would be added now? After a clarifying telephone conversation with the District Office, we were able to create and submit a concept for the event. Everything had to be thought of: starting with the social distance regulations, face masks for our guests and helpers, disinfectant dispensers and partition walls we also had to prepare a fixed guest list.

Only on the 18th of June did we finally receive the approval for our event, which was to take place ten days later on 28th of June. Tickets had to be sold, helpers planned, drinks ordered, food and fresh vegetables bought, and a seating plan drawn up. This is where it got interesting. The first change, which had been decided after the last Sri Lanka Day in 2019, was the advanced sale of tickets. Our goal was to be better prepared with the fixed number of guests at hand, because it had been difficult every year to estimate for how many guests we would have to cook for.

This year the Sri Lanka Day should be a whole new experience, both for our guests and for each of our helpers. Nevertheless, we decided to make a plan and go ahead with it. The morning of the 28.06.20, however, looked really dark. In the truest sense of the word, as suddenly thick clouds hung over the Gamm Winery, where our event took place and it started pouring down. Although we could have accommodated our guests inside, it is of course nicer to sit outside. Fortunately, the sunshine came back on time. At 12.00 o'clock we could open the buffet. But everything was just a little bit different than usual.

This year our guests could not go to the buffet as it should have been, but each table had to be led individually to the buffet, so that the distance regulations could be kept. Therefore, it took a bit longer until every guest had something to eat. At this point we would like to thank our guests for their patience and understanding. Even though everything took a little longer than expected, everyone kept to the hygiene and distance regulations. It was simply great how everything worked out. Arriving at the buffet, each guest was then taken care of individually by our young buffet team, who also behaved very professionally. As every year, the buffet was incredibly varied and was praised from all sides. Here again a big thank you to all the hard-working hands who, despite difficult conditions and incredible heat, peeled, sliced and cooked for two days straight.

Many thanks to all helpers and to Christian and Karin, who made their winery available to us for the event and of course, as every year, also actively supported us in the process. The entire Dedunu team has shown that they can work together harmoniously and successfully even under difficult conditions. We could see how well everything worked out, from the feedback of our guests. For us there is nothing better than a goodbye connected with a request for notification of next year's event.

In addition to the profits from the event, two excursions for the children were donated. This is something that does not only make us happy but is also greatly appreciated by the kids. In addition, we could also advertise the godparent ship in our project. The search for solutions and new possibilities leads to success – a motto our Sri Lanka Flair 2020 has proven to be right.

After this completely successful event we are looking forward to the Sri Lanka Flair 2021.

 

Werner Müller

Chairman

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Projekt Waisenhaus Sri Lanka e.V.
Bank: Fürstlich Castell´sche Bank
BIC: FUCE DE77 XXX
IBAN: DE02 7903 0001 0015 0016 00