In November New Day made our annual grant to Matara Girls Home. The grant of US$39,000 includes funds to cover their entire annual operating costs (salaries of matrons, accountant and counsellor, food, clothing, utilities, etc) plus the extra-curricular education program for the girls – sewing, music, art, dance and academic tutorial lessons. An amount of US$10,000 is earmarked for renovation work needed at the home, mainly the refurbishment of the kitchen and dining areas with purchase of new appliances, cabinets and lights as well as the painting of the interior of the Home.
Highlights to note:
- There are currently 27 girls at the Home
- New Day has requested that there be a push to improve the academic support for the older girls taking O levels and they are receiving supplemental tutoring
- One girls who passed her A levels is currently studying nursing. She has chosen to remain at the Home while she studies and receives a stipend from New Day to act as additional caretaker for the younger girls.
We are sharing the thank you note from Matara for all New Day members and also some photos of the artwork and embroidery produced as a result of the extra lessons: