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Dear Supporters,

I hope you are all keeping well and staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

At ECSAT, the staff are working from home and communicating by Viber. In Sri Lanka, many people do not have internet connections or laptops at home. Staff cannot visit families due to the curfew and are keeping in touch by giving advice, support and encouragement over the phone. They are giving students homework. Parents of children with cerebral palsy are supported to continue with their exercises. Vocational training young adults are encouraged to look after their home gardens and practice their cooking skills.

Also, because it is not possible to go to the shops, they are motivated to make items such as pillow cases from old sarongs at home, design greeting cards and make paper bags from newspapers.
Many of our families live from day to day and rely on a daily income. At the moment they cannot work, so ECSAT has supported them by contacting donors to deliver food parcels. To date, all ECSAT staff and beneficiaries are well and not affected by the coronavirus. Staff are reminding families to keep safe by washing their hands, social distancing and staying at home.
I am in Adelaide, Australia having been awarded an MA scholarship in the field of Disability Studies at Flinders University starting October 2019. I communicate regularly with staff, trustees and the Board and am confident in the running of ECSAT by Lakshika De Silva as Operations Officer.
Your support is always valued and appreciated and we cannot continue our work without you. We will resume our newsletters soon. In the meantime, we will do everything we can to continue, expand and fund our services for the children and young adults with disabilities.
With heartfelt thanks and blessings for you to stay safe,

Roshan Samarawickrama - ECSAT Programme Director
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