© Still Waters International 2013
“I am a slow eater!”
The next project is to build the new home for teenagers. Labour and building costs have escalated at an alarming rate. The cost of a bag of cement alone has quadrupled in the last two years and we have to revise our budget for this building. Our professional advisers tell us that we will need £35K. We have already raised just over £15K and are looking for partners to help us get this project off the ground.
Repairs and construction of the access roads and fences are due to be completed in March 2008, thanks to funding from Rotary International. The Water Company has laid a new large main to the Tangalle district and we now have clean drinking water on tap 90% of the time. This is a great relief and we no longer have to pump water from the lagoon and put it through the purification unit before use.
The number of children has remained the same for over a year, but there has been change. We were able to facilitate the return of five children to their extended families and we have received five new children. We received the newest of our family, Ransika, when I was in Tangalle in January. Her single mother is unable to care for her and keep her job at a garment factory working day and night shifts. Ransika was vulnerable and at risk and was referred to our home. She settled in well almost immediately and is now very happy and at home with us.
The new wing to boy’s home
It was a happy day when we opened the new wing to the Boys home. We added two more bedrooms to the home and a new two-
Presentation of a new home
Making a difference to children and families in Sri Lanka
Greetings to all our supporters! We are very appreciative of the encouragement and financial support you give to Still Waters.
It is over eighteen months since our last newsletter and a lot has happened during this period.
Building Houses and supporting Families
The house building programme has continued at a steady pace. We have completed over sixty houses, and there are another ten being built now. We are building two-
There are still some displaced families who require homes, but we have no funds to purchase land. We are seeking funds to be able to buy a small plot of land for these families. It has been a great delight to hand over to families a new brick-
Computers for schools
Supplying computers for schools and providing training support has been an important part of our schools support programme. I was asked to visit Wehella School in a rural community who had received one computer. When I arrived I was greeted by the school band who escorted me to the assembly hall which was full of pupils, parents, Village Councillors and members of the community.
There followed a programme of appreciation which lasted for over one and a half hours, with welcome dances, musical items and many speeches and expressions of thanks from teachers and pupils. The Head Teacher said this was one of the most significant dates in the history of the school,when they were given their first computer. I was overwhelmed by this expression of thanks over the gift of one computer for a school of over 400 children. I was humbled and moved by their gratitude and I promised to donate another computer to the school. You can imagine their response to this offer. Computers and computer training are vital to equip children for gainful employment when they leave school. Many schools lost all their equipment in the Tsunami and have no funds to replace the equipment.
We are thankful for funding we received from the Dorchester Rotary Clubs through Rotary International which has enabled us to support schools with the equipment they need.
Supporting Children in Education
Poverty in families results in many children being forced to leave secondary school, before taking either “O” or “A” level exams, seeking employment to supplement the family purse. We have a small Bursary Fund which is able to help gifted children continue with their education up to “A” level, and consider going on to University. A small grant of £30 per month will pay for books, school uniforms and travel expenses for a child. Two stories which illustrate how our gifts can make a real difference:
Pasan comes from a single-
Sadly, he was not able compete because he could not afford the running shoes he needed. I made the need known to Barnet Running Club who were able to get a few second-
I think of a girl who was not at school when I visited the family to discuss the support they needed to care for a ten year-
Thilini, the eldest daughter was not at her new school in January because the family could not afford the Rupees 2,000 for school uniform, shoes, books and school bag. I was able to give them the £10 needed for Thilini. She phoned me later that afternoon with much delight to tell me that she had got all the necessary things and would be at school the next morning. I learnt a week later that she was the number two pupil in her class. Your gifts do make a significant difference.
Income and employment generation
We are working with several small businesses to help them develop and grow. Many of these are small family businesses which generate just enough money to support the family. In most cases there are over eight to ten persons dependant on the income from the business. Sewandika is a 21 year-
Despite her huge responsibility, she always has a smile for all her customers. Recovery from the effects of Tsunami damage to premises and stock is a long-
We also support widows and single mothers and their children. Small grants to start up small-
income generation projects and help with unexpected expenses keep them out of debt. Many families struggle to live on less than a pound a day, and get into debt to unscrupulous money lenders who charge 60% to 70% interest.
There is a great need for a Credit Union-
The Still Waters family
All our plans to increase our numbers are on hold until we get the teenagers’ accommodation built. We hope and pray that it will not be long before we can start on the work.
Those of you who have visited Still Waters will remember Mahinda one of our staff. Congratulations to him and Anuradha on their marriage in December 2007. They have a small house near the project and are very happy in their life together.
Ranasinghe Hall Project
This project is in downtown Colombo and provides a pre-
All the work we do is directed towards making a difference to people and their future.
We are committed to capacity building within the communities in which we work. Our aim is to help children and adults look to the future with hope and confidence. We work in partnership with community leaders, and encourage everyone to believe in their significance, and take responsibility for their future. We thank God for the staff team and the dedicated service they give.
In addition to the support we have received from our partners, we acknowledge the grants received from Barnabas Fund, Baptist World Aid, Dorchester Rotary Clubs, Barnet Rotary and Rotary International.
Thank you to everyone who supports us with prayers and financial gifts. The cost of caring for a child has risen by over 30% in the last two years and we need to increase our support to meet today’s budget. P lease give generously -
Please send your gifts & requests for further information to:
Pastor Frederick George,
The Still Waters Society,
68 Manor Road,
Barnet, Herts. EN5 2LG
Tel: +44(0)20 8440 4691
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