SHAMINDI of TISSA
SHAMINDI is aged 14 and in grade 9. Her father is a chena cultivator and her mother a housewife. She met AUSLMAT at the Beralihela Medical Centre when we did a clinic with Dr. Eresha two years ago. She will join us to visit the Yala wildlife sanctuary on Tuesday 4th July. Her initial letter in January this year was written in English with the help of Hilary Mathiasz the English tutor for the whole village.
Beralihela and Tissamaharama are quite close to the Yala sanctuary. Many of these children have never visited the sanctuary because there is a fee to enter. They live close enough to hear the trumpeting of the wild elephants! AUSLMAT makes a stop-over at Yala from the east coast of Sri Lanka on each of our visits to Sri Lanka.
We support Mr. Hilary in his tutoring of these children in English. Poverty is no barrier to them learning to speak and write in English.