Making the Best of His Opportunity
Posted November 28, 2018
“My name is **Dinithi. I am nine years old and I am in the fourth grade. At present, my mother is at home, as there is no work on the estate. My father works abroad as a day laborer. He is unable to send money monthly, as the company he works for keeps their salaries in the area for over three months. Some months, when the money does not come, we only have one meal a day. This makes me think of what I should do in the future to overcome this situation.
“Being a teacher is my choice, as teachers are respected in the village. My ambition is to become a teacher in math and English. This will help me make additional money by receiving tuition from the village children, as these two sujects are in high demand.
“I make it a point not to miss a tutoring class. I also stay a lot longer if I am not sure how to solve a math problem or pronounce a word correctly. I thank GHNI for their presence in the vilage to help us overcome the problem of high tutoring expenditures that we are unable to pay.”
Water—Two villages need water. We are looking for donors to help out with the necessary funds. The villagers tell us that the approximate cost is about 150,000 rupees (about $850) per well, as these locations are on a mountain.
Food—As many of the homes have gardens, they grow their own vegetables. They use the rotation of crops for a better harvest. They have also started to grow fruit trees. This is ongoing.
Income Generation—Income has become a problem due to the high cost of living. Many villagers work on the tea and rubber estates. During the TCD teaching in the village, they wanted to know if we can help them build additional income through micro loans. We informed them that we will look into the possibility. To start the micro loan program, 240,000 rupees (about $1,400) are needed.
Education—Education is at a satisfactory level, as over 69% go to school. With our tutoring class, we are helping the children in English and math to get high marks in school examinations. The Education Committee is once again visiting the homes, informing parents of the importance of education and asking them to send their children to school. They are informing the parents about the free tutoring class.
Wellness—The reports we get about wellness are good. Hygiene lessons for the children are ongoing quarterly. No waterborne or skin diseases have been reported this quarter.
GHNI National Field Leader
*For purposes of security, “U Village” is a pseudonym for the village being helped by this project.
**For purposes of security and well-being, “Dinithi” is a pseudonym for the individual being helped by this project.