U Village Graduates TCD Program!
Posted February 27, 2019
*U Village, Sri Lanka
Two months prior, the committee had informed the parents that the ownership of the tutoring program would be handed over to them in December 2018. Most of the parents were present. We explained to them the importance of carrying out all the Transformational Community Development (TCD) teaching taught to them and to explain it to the neighboring villages so that they will be able to adopt TCD.
We also explained to them that it will be their responsibility to raise funds to pay the teachers’ salaries and make repairs to the classroom when needed. All work in the village is to be carried out on a priority basis by the village committee.
As we explained that our time in the village has come to an end, they expressed that they wanted us to remain in the village for another year, making excuses to justify why. We said that we will visit the village once every three months to check on their progress in TCD work.
The children had tears in their eyes when they came to wish us goodbye. There was time given to the children to explain what they achieved from the tutoring. Many said that the class helped them to get high marks in the school examination. The parents and children thanked GHNI for choosing their village for the tutoring program. The children were treated with cakes, biscuits, sweets, and tea. Before we departed, we took some pictures with the children and their teachers. It was a sad day for us to part from the villagers; parting was difficult, and the day ended with refreshments and a cup of tea served to all those who were present.
Water – Two villages need water, and we are seeding donations for 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, 260,000 rupees (about $1,500) 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.