Lotus disabled girls home, Welevitiya
This house is built by the South Department of Social Affairs, to keep about 20 mentally and physicaly damaged young girls. The house is built very luxioury for Sri Lankan standards. All the floors are tailed and the windows all are made of alluminium. After finishing it, there was the typical Sri Lankan managing problem: who is going to lead and pay for the living in the house. After some years the building was still empty and social affairs asked our friend and monk Gunarathana for help. First he gathered an official board and with a little money he started with some girls and employees. On my trip in February 2015 Guna asked me for help and I agreed. We started officially and I got official papers to be the president of the Sri Lankan board ! We started with seven fantastic young girls and a mother figure miss Baruwatta. She takes care fort he girls, washes the clothes and cooks the food, so she takes care of the daily things. The girls are mongolian, autistic, deaf and blind.
When I was there they told me about a small girl who lived in the streets. We went looking for her and it turned out to be a woman of 35 years old and a hight of 75 cm. Her name is Nilanthi and she is very polite and also seems to be very artistic. She told us that after her father died two years ago and her mother two month ago, her brother, who she did not see for twenty years, came by her house and claimed the house. He said she couldnot live in her house anymore. So from that time , she lived in the streets! We cannot understand and believe such a story, but in Sri Lanka the law of surviving is often very hard. Immidiately we took her in the house and now she is the darling of the group. They take care of her and because she cannot walk so fast they often take her under an arm.
We furnished the house with beds, cupboards, a fridge and a stove and together with the volontairy group we bought some new clothes for them. Then I asked some people to start up a voluntairy group, to do some activities with the girls. Yasintha and her sister Saduni Dulani organise some crafts, drapery and painting with them. My friend Mahanama Subasinghe comes to the house ones a week to do some sport activities. One day every week they go by car to the hotel Ran Mal of my friend Ajith da Silva. They can swim in his pool or walk or play at the beach and he provides something to eat and drink for free. He has a good heart and also wants to help his fellow countryman.
This is the way it should be , “” SRI LANKA SUPPORTS SRI LANKA !!””
THE BUDDHIST IDEA OF THE REINCARNATION IS, THAT IN THE NEXT LIVE YOU GET THE REWARD OR PUNISHMENT OF THE BEHAVE IN YOUR PREVIOUS LIVE. SO SOMEONE WHO IS DISABLED WAS IN HIS PREVIOUS LIVE NOT SO GOOD OR EVEN BAD! THIS IDEA IS CULTURAL SO DEEP THAT THE FAMILY IS VERY ASHAMED FOR SUCH A CHILD AND THEY PRETEND HE OR SHE DOESNOT EXIST! WE TRY TO CONVINCE THEM THAT THIS IS NOT TRUE AND THESE KIDS HAVE THE RIGHTS OF A GOOD LIVE , BUT THIS IS A DIFFICULT AN LONG PROCESS !!