Keeping Their Environment Clean

*UV Village, Sri Lanka

 

We asked the children why we have to keep the environment clean. Many came up with good answers, saying if the environment is kept clean our water systems will be clean, we will get fresh air, and the environment that is unclean leads to bad health and diseases. We asked the children to think about their home’s surroundings and school as to what can be done to make them better as we humans, animals, as well as plants live in the same environment.

 

We had to cut the environment study short as the teachers informed us that there was a quarterly examination today. We asked the children if all of them were prepared for the examination. The sound of the answer was very enthusiastic. We informed them that the first three students who earned high marks would be given gifts. This brought smiles to their faces. They took their places to write for the examination.

 

Everyone was so busy writing in the examination that they forgot it was tea time. They did not want to leave their seats. However, the teacher hurried them up as the break was only fifteen minutes. They finished having their tea and cakes and got back to writing their answers. Before we left, we wished them the very best and high marks.
 

Transformational Community Development (TCD) Update

 

  • Water – Most of the homes have clean drinking water. The homes that do not have water collect their drinking water from neighbours. We have been told that this has been going on for many years. The villagers tell us that at the moment they do not have a problem for water.
     
  • Food – As this is an agricultural community, many villagers work on paddy fields. The villagers grow various kinds of vegetable fruit-producing trees near their own homes. They get food from their gardens, however, meat products are rarely found in their meals.
     
  • Income Generation – Income generation is a problem as villagers face floods and lose their crops almost yearly. What they are looking for is to start other businesses that floods cannot destroy, such as small home industries. They tell us that they need some assistance to start these home industries.
     
  • Education – We have started the Tamil language class. We have 28 students. At present, we have two teachers. The reason for this is there are little ones in lower classes that need to be taught separately.
     
  • Wellness – Many illnesses are home treatable. We will soon be having TCD classes to educate the villages.

 

Thank you!

 

Celeste
GHNI National Field Leader

*For purposes of security, “UV Village” is a pseudonym for the village being helped by this project.

 

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