The previous blog is already months ago … from now on we will try to write a blog regularly again! It took more time and energy than we thought, to come back into our rhythm, after coming back from Sri Lanka. Our rhythm as a family, in our work, and with the Farm of Nambikay.
Uthayan was at the farm for four weeks at the end of last year. For the first time, he was at the farm all weeks! This gave him the opportunity to observe, talk, consult and work a lot. It is also good to have time with the new coordinator, to coach him in business management and as a team leader.
The goat herd has been expanded up to 150 goats! A number of goats has been sold again. That is profit and gives the team real satisfaction. They are well motivated.
More fruit trees are being planted and new techniques are being tried out, such as ‘silage-making’, which is well-known in the Netherlands. This technique to build up a food supply is new in Sri Lanka: elephant grass and other grasses / leaves / crops that have good nutrients, and hay from rice cultivation, are being used as food for the goats.
Restriction – guidance – expansion …
Two team members have a disability, mentally and physically. Uthayan notices that the knowledge and attitude to accompany these young men, are not sufficient at present. This is understandable in the Sri Lanka context. In the Netherlands people can choose for a study to care and coach people with a disability. This doesn’t exist in Sri Lanka. As Farm of Nambikay, we would like to be meaningful to people with a disability and their position in the society, preferably by expanding the team with someone who has an affinity with people with disabilities, understanding their talents and needs, and support them in their activities. We hope that in the future, more people with disabilities may be able to follow a work / learning trajectory at the farm.
Young people and growth in faith
Uthayan also visited a number of groups of young people from churches to think together and talk about who they may be in Christ. What their talents and possibilities are and how they can use them, as a child of God. These conversations are not often held in Sri Lankan society. For some young people it is new to express themselves like that.
Uthayan hopes to be able to continue this and to move forward, together with others.