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DABAL Annual General Meeting 17th April 2011
The Annual General Meeting of the Deaf and Blind Aid Lanka (DABAL) was held on Sunday 17th April 2011 at St. Vincent's Centre, Carlisle Place, London SW1. It was well attended and honoured by the presence of its Patron, Lord Colin Low of Dalston and Lady Low.
The following committee was elected. Office bearers: Chairman: Sarath Weerasinghe Vice-Chairman: Nadani Welikala Secretary: Beulah Mendis Treasurer: Priya Welikala Membership/ Social Secretary Savithri Vijayaratnam Committee Members Ameera Hussain Feisal Hussain Calista Jayasinghe Samantha SeelaNatha Indra Arulrajah Schools to be supported are chosen by lottery so that every school has an equal chance of being chosen. From 2006 to 2008 one school was chosen per year. Since 2009, due to the generous support from members and well wishers it has
been possible to support two schools each year. This year's beneficiaries are the Vaazwaham Home for the Visually Handicapped in Jaffna and the Jayasevana Special school in Pita Kotte. Lord Low addressed the meeting and said that he was very pleased with the work undertaken by the Charity to bring hope and help to improve the very desperate circumstances of the majority of the deaf and blind children in Sri Lanka. He expressed his keen interest in the education of these children. Anne East who has had over 35 years experience of teaching the deaf briefed the meeting on the work she has been undertaking in Sri Lanka. Anne has been responsible for training teachers at the Rohana School in Matara and through her untiring efforts has helped to raise the standard of this school to be a model for all other deaf and blind schools in Sri Lanka. DABAL supported this school in 2007 as its chosen charity. Anne has expanded her activities and has recently set up intensive training sessions for teachers of other schools in Sri Lanka which have been very well attended and have also attracted media interest. Finally, members were invited to participate in group sessions to discuss how best to develop DABAL's long term strategy.

 

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The Committee of DABAL for 2011/12 seated L to R Beulah Mendis (Secretary) Lord Low (Patron) Sarath Weerasinghe (Chairman) Priya Welikala (Treasurer). Standing L to R Nadani Welikala (vice Chairperson), Committee members Calista Jayasinghe, Samantha Seela-Natha, Ameera Hussain, Feisal Hussain and Social Secretary Savithri Vijayaratnam. Indra Arulrajah (Absent)