Sri Lanka's got Talent

Trip Start May 21, 2007
Trip End Aug 08, 2015

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday in Hambantota started with a chat with Nayani Miss to discuss what we will be doing in the next 2 weeks. We knew we wanted to visit the children’s homes, go and see Sameer’s house (Caroline’s mum and dad’s sponsor child) and distribute cricket bats which were donated by Anna’s friend Helen. We sorted days to do each of these as well as visiting one of the few special needs school in the country and a visit to the prison. Nayani also wants us to attend a “Welfare Conference” next Sunday for the inmates and their children at various prisions in the area. There is also the monthly widows morning at the Smile Centre next week. So all in all it is going to be a jam packed few weeks in Hambantota!
Today saw the return of Nishma, Anna’s wee baby. When she started Preschool last January, Nishma was among the youngest in the class. She was so small that she hadn’t learnt to feed herself so Anna was assigned “Chief Feeder” and spent many happy morning stuffing Nishma’s face! She has become a very big girl now, even showing some attitude. Anna is very happy to see her again and wonders if there is enough space in her rucksack to smuggle her back home.
In the afternoon, we went to visit Sameer, sponsor child of Caroline’s mum and dad. He used to live in the Sand Dunes area, which was greatly effected by the Tsunami. His family now lives in government built flats on the 3rd floor. Anna and Caroline had never seen such high buildings in Hambantota! He lives with his mum and big brother, his dad died 2 years ago from cancer. He very much enjoyed his presents, especially the bubbles which caused great delight!
When we returned from our visit, we stumbled across the Afterschoolers who were practising their dance routine for the October Concert (which we are very sad to be missing). We decided to invade their very graceful rehearsal and add our own very ungraceful touches. We’re not quite at their standard yet…apparently it’s all in the way you move your hips! Britians not quite got talent yet, but Sri Lanka certainly has!
We are pleased to announce that Smile Lanka has finally heard Caroline’s pleas and got a fish tank, with fish in it! For those keen blog readers, when Caroline was here in 2007, she said she wanted to get 3 fish called Ham, Ban and Tota however she couldn’t find a fish tank, so they would have had to reside in the food blender! Thankfully they are not in the blender and have been named (by us) Ham, Ban, Tota and Lanka. We wish them a very bright and bubbly life together at Smile!
So the school week has finished and we decided to unwind with a quick visit to the local hotel’s swimming pool. Tomorrow we are heading up the coast to Galle for the weekend, but fear not, we shall be back on Sunday night with many stories to tell and refreshed for another week of school fun!
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Loving the fish!

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