Oct 12, 2020

It takes a big heart to help shape little minds!

Kevin and friends in May 2020
Kevin and friends in May 2020

Thanks to your kind support, we have raised nearly $9,000 so far to support the youngest that live with us. We really appreciate your contributions.

Your donations support many children, including a young boy called Kevin. Kevin came to the Infants Home as a baby in 2016 with his mother. His mother also lives at Prithipura and is employed as a Carer. Along with his friends Ashu and Poorne, Kevin recently moved onto our residential school, Cotagala School, where he can further develop independent living skills as well as attending school full-time.

Cotagala School, as with all our locations, has a philosophy of nurture and caring and allowing each person the chance to find things that they are good at and contribute in their own way to the daily life of where they live. Kevin and his friends will get the chance to take part in many activities in addition to the traditional school subjects. Extra-curricular activities include art, music, sport and dancing and they will also learn important skills for life such as looking after themselves, cooking, gardening, farming and much more besides!

We are delighted with the progress Kevin has made over the last few years. He has certainly benefitted from remaining close to his mother as well as receiving specialist care and therapeutic support at the Infants Home. We are sure that he and his friends will continue to thrive at Cotagala School.

We are also relieved that despite these worrying times, all those who live with us, including our youngest, continue to remain happy, safe and well. Having been on lockdown for several months, we had slowly been relaxing our restrictions that had been put in place to shield those who would be vulnerable to COVID-19. However, in the last two weeks, there has been a large cluster identified close to the Infants Home. As such, we remain extremely cautious and very careful with the measures we have in place to protect the vulnerable who live with us.  

If you would like to continue to support us, please do consider setting up a small regular donation to help with essential running costs – support which is much needed due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

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Like us, we hope you are continuing to keep safe and well during this challenging time. Thank you once again for your support!

Kevin with his friends Poorne and Ashu in 2017
Kevin with his friends Poorne and Ashu in 2017
Bathtime with his mother for Kevin - 2018
Bathtime with his mother for Kevin - 2018
Kevin and Poorne - November 2019
Kevin and Poorne - November 2019
Fun in the pool - July 2020
Fun in the pool - July 2020

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Aug 13, 2020

Your support has sustained us during lockdown

Yehansa with Pushpa
Yehansa with Pushpa

Firstly, a sincere thank you for your support at this difficult time. When we launched our campaign for support during the COVID-19 pandemic, we were aware that the whole world was in crisis and that many would not be in a position to donate. We have therefore been truly overwhelmed by the show of support, which has kept 240 children and adults with disabilities healthy, safe and well-fed during this difficult time

To date, we have raised over $10,000 dollars via our GlobalGiving COVID-19 appeal which has provided lunch for all 240 children and adults with disabilities who live with us for 2 months.

We are fortunate that there has been a low incidence of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka to date and hope that this continues. Sri Lanka relaxed island-wide lockdown restrictions in June but at the moment all 4 branches of Prithipura Communities remain in isolation, as we feel that it is important to continue to shield the vulnerable people who live with us as much as we can. As you will likely be aware, many of those who live with us have pre-existing health conditions such as respiratory problems. This means that they would be at high risk if they were infected with COVID-19. We are also aware that if there was an incidence of COVID-19 in our community, it would be a huge challenge to limit the spread of this, although we have plans and provision in place should this happen.

The period of lockdown has been unusual for us all but there has been plenty of activity to keep everyone busy, stimulated and entertained. At the Infants Home, many of the children and adults living there have enjoyed sunny mornings in our swimming pool. At Cotagala School, the residents have been busy growing fruit and vegetables and have also installed a ‘home cinema’. The farms also continue with their agricultural activities.

We’ve sung songs, celebrated birthdays and also observed important religious festivals. Our food and other essentials continue to be delivered and we observe safe protocol with any external contact. We are fortunate that many of our staff live in and as such the care and support that is provided has not been unduly affected.

Although there has been a slight increase in local donations since Sri Lanka lifted curfew restrictions, our usual local funding sources remain low and as such we will continue to look for alternative sources of funding in the coming months.

So far, we have weathered the storm both health-wise and financially and we remain ever thankful for this.

If you would like to further support us in the coming months, please do consider a small recurring donation:

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Finally, thanks again for your generous and kind support – stay safe, stay strong, stay kind ♥

Ashu, Kishani and Rehara
Ashu, Kishani and Rehara
Celebrating 'Poson' - Buddhist festival
Celebrating 'Poson' - Buddhist festival
Looking after the cows at Anandapura Farm
Looking after the cows at Anandapura Farm
Safe deliveries
Safe deliveries
Regular temperature monitoring
Regular temperature monitoring
Rubber tapping at Asokapura Farm
Rubber tapping at Asokapura Farm
Susanthe collecting coconuts
Susanthe collecting coconuts
Movie day at Cotagala School
Movie day at Cotagala School
Fun in the pool at the Infants Home
Fun in the pool at the Infants Home

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Jun 16, 2020

Life on lockdown

The last few months have seen a dramatic change to the lives of people all over the world due to the COVID 19 pandemic, and this is also true for all of us at Prithipura Communities. We have been on lockdown for 3 months now – no-one is entering in or leaving our premises and all our essentials are being delivered. We are pleased to report that we remain healthy, happy and safe. This includes the babies and toddlers who live with us, who continue to grow and thrive.

Our days continue with the usual routines and there is always time for fun and laughter. Our youngest have particularly enjoyed splashing around in the pool on a sunny morning and they have also got creative in the schoolroom with Priyanka, our nursery teacher.

We can’t go out but have celebrated birthdays and key religious festivals on-site and ensured that everyone is included. This week, Eleesha turned two and we celebrated with a party and cake for everyone. Eleesha came to the Infants Home as a small baby and her carers are delighted at her continued progress.

Prithipura Communities has always had a spirit of togetherness and this has been enhanced by the current crisis. Our team of carers do what they do to care for and protect the vulnerable. They are aware more than ever of how vital their work is. They support those they care for as well as each other. Daily acts of kindness and helping each other will ensure we continue to thrive.

A drop in local donations that provided our daily needs such as food, medicines, and other essentials has been very worrying, but we have been heartened with the support for this that has come from far and wide. So far, we have weathered the storm both health-wise and financially and we remain ever thankful for this. We know that many of you have already donated to our COVID-19 appeal. If you would like to contribute towards our essential costs for June, you can do so here:

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Thank you for your donations as well as your kind words of support – it means the world to us.

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