By Chandima (Chammi) Rajapatirana | Co-founder/Co-president E.A.S.E. FOUNDATION
Happy Harin shop pwner
Our proudest moment in 2020 was driving down to the grand opening of Student Harin’s shop. He had come to E.A.S.E. as an extremely reluctant student. According to his mother he was an isolated withdrawn figure at home with hardly a word to anyone. Within a very short time with us he became an extrovert. Coming to our classes was the highlight of his life. He made friends in his neighbourhood and helped his mom with cooking. He occasionally visited an aunt who ran a small shop and began to help her too. We began advising the family to establish a shop for him in their neighbourhood. It took almost two years for this dream to be realized. Hoping to help him become a shop keeper we added relevant skills to his school program. We practiced conversations he might have with his customers. We practiced “shopping” with the help of the other students and staff as customers. We concentrated on math skills too. Then on the 4th of September of 2020 the staff and I went to the grand opening of Harin’s shop.
Happy shop owner Harin
We were honored to be the first customers.
When schools reopen in the country Harin hopes to come back to his once-a-week class to hone his skills, although he is reluctant to leave his shop in an assistant’s hands.
Whenever we were allowed to reopen school, we did so following all guidelines to maintain a safe environment. The students and staff came back to work joyfully. Although many of the students had regressed a little, we were able to catch up quickly.
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