With Christmas just a few days away it has also become that time of the year for us to be thankful for all that we have received and become more aware of those who are not as lucky as we are. Christmas is also a great time for us to grab the opportunity to make another happy. This could mean us buying seasonal greeting cards from the underprivileged, donating to local charity or volunteering your time at lesser privilege places for cleanups etc. A small goes a long way in a country as small as Sri Lanka and the more privileged citizens it is our responsibility to reach out and make a difference.
Why not this visit a children’s home, elders or differently-abled institute or home this Christmas season, spend time, make them happy and show them the true meaning of Christmas. To make a visit, be sure to contact one of these places in advance and try if it’s within your time span to make arrangements to spend the day, provide them a meal and a little entertainment. Don’t forget to hand them little gifts (you can even try dressing up like Santa!).
For those interested, we came up with a few places we thought you can visit.
The Nuffield School for the Deaf and Blind in Jaffna a branch of the Ceylon School for Deaf and Blind in Ratmalana provides services for approximately 150 children. Donations can be made for meals, sponsoring children etc. For those looking for one-off visits, visit the school with little treats for the children. As the School is nearly 394km away from Colombo spend the night at Yoho Til Jaffna if you are too tired to make the journey back to Colombo.
The Prithipura Infants Home in Hendala is a place for children and young adults who have severe mental and physical disabilities. For those who want to visit during this Christmas season, be sure to visit the home early morning in order to avoid the morning rush on Negombo Road. For those not too fond of early starts, Yoho Ketagewatte Road is located is in the area. If you find it difficult to visit the Home, why not make a donation and support these children this season?
For those wanting to support elders, the Sujatha Elders Home in Panadura are open to grateful donations for meals, everyday essentials etc. If you cannot help in cash or kind, you can even spend time at the home by singing for them or spending the day talking to them.
“Singithi Sevana” in Sinhala when translated to “Children’s Rest”. A children’s home located in Kandy for children from the age of 2 to 12 years of age, the home is looking for meal donations, pipe and plumbing replacements or even daily meals and home cooked meals to be brought for the children. This Christmas why not bring some toys and presents and make a group of children happy? If you want to spend a few days in Kandy and are looking for places to stay a customer-favourite Yoho Mount Rajapihilla Mawatha is an option.