Two day’s training in the Mathugama Estate with the deaf Agriculture Students ( Nov. 2017)
With staff and deaf trainees we went on November 17 to the Estate, a journey of more than two hours.
For most of them it was their first visit to the plantation. It was a beautiful bright day and the students enjoyed the environment, the climbing of the big rocks, the water streams full of fishes, the tea pluckers in action and all the new things they experienced. They could see their new Training Building that almost is ready, except the doors and bath rooms. They also saw the swimming pool, filled with natural water from the mountains. Mr. Chris de Groot (a Dutch sponsor) who came with us today had brought his swimming suit. He enjoyed a cool bath, watched by the students.
After the lunch (prepared by the people in the estate) an Instructor came from the Agriculture Division to give a lecture and to teach practical’s for tree pruning. As example a rambuttan tree was chosen.
Mr. de Groot planted a coconut palm tree before we went back to Moratuwa.
The second day was little different. The trainees first watched how from a kitul tree the flower is cut to tap the penny. They cleaned an area with stones. They all brought their swimming suits today and before lunch they could take a swim. That was a relaxing part of the day. After lunch 3 people came to give a lecture on fertilizing plants, trees and horticulture.