Damith Thushara 27 met the Settlor of the MJF Charitable Foundation this morning (08 March 2013) during which he was handed over a Scholarship to continue his Degree (BA Arts) at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
Damith is the youngest in the family of seven siblings from Monaragala who lost his sight while he was only 06 years of age due to a dosage of wrong medication from the Monaragala Hospital. (Monaragala is the most rural areas in Sri Lanka where MJF Charitable Foundation works towards uplifting the lives of the small entrepreneurs, enabling the differently able, providing educational assistance, etc)
“I was able to write numbers and letters and i still remember them, I remember my mother was a very pretty lady and i remember my father, my brother’s and sister’s faces even today” says Damith while smiling.
Damith lost his mother who supported him with his education from a little income that she generated from farming / Agriculture. His father is aged and the eldest sister takes care of the house now.
“I will find a job soon after i complete my degree and i want to give my sister in marriage and see her living a good life. I will then be able to take care of my father too” was a statement that Damith made this morning.
Damith follows Buddhist Cultural Studies, Mass Communication, Sinhalese Language, Psychology, Anthology, and Computer Studies at the Sri Jayewardenepura University situated in the outskirts of Colombo.
His favourite sports and that he is able to play are Cricket and Table Tennis. He also gets involved in Marathon Race, Disk Throwing. He loves music and he’s able to play the flute and singing is also not a big task to him he says.
He can converse in English and Tamil other than his mother tongue Sinhalese.
Damith’s ambition is to become a lecturer of Psychology and wants to do his MA in Psychology and Counseling. He wants to encourage not only the differently able but also the able towards living their life successfully and meeting goals. He says that even now at the university he advices the normal (Able) students not to give up their studies “if i can do it without my eyes why cant you?” is a question that he always uses to put these kind of Students back on track, Damith mentioned.
He was able to communicate his ambition and his desires to the members of the MJF Charitable Foundation today and the Settlor along with the trustee Dilhan Fernando and the staff of the Foundation wished him Good luck with his exams.
He was given the assurance that no sooner he completes his degree that he will be given an opportunity to under go an English Course at the MJF Dhiriya Center for Education and Vocational Training in Siyambalanduwa and thereafter will be given a Job opportunity at the MJFCF Supported School for the Visual & Hearing Impaired in Monaragala where he will be abel to use his knowledge of Counseling, Psychology, computer Studies, and others very effectively.
The MJF Charitable Foundation will keep monitoring Damith’s progress and keep you informed too of the same.