Parents Take A Bow
For the first time in the history of Sunera Foundation, the parents of our participants took the stage for their moment of glory! Having dedicated their entire life to caring for their disabled children, primarily the mothers, have let go of their dreams, plans and aspirations for their own lives. Untiringly and lovingly they support their children day in and day out encouraging them to progress against the odds. Through the success of the Parents Committees in each workshop, Sunera Foundation realized the need and desire in the parents to interact, socialise, belong and feel self confident themselves. This has been the beginning of a support structure, a learning forum and a place to socialise for the parents while waiting for their children to finish their workshops. Sunera decided to take it further and give these amazing parents the same opportunity that they aim so selflessly to give their children.
‘Ahasatath Udin’ (Beyond the Sky) was an evening of dance, song and drama performed by the parents of the Dehiwala, Maharagama and Panadura workshops. It was held on the 3rd of June 2017 at the S.D.S. Jayasinghe Hall in Colombo. Performing to a full house the 23 mothers and 2 fathers sang, danced and acted like pros!
The short drama was a moving story of a family whose parents had three daughters, one being differently-abled. The story showed the real life struggles of a family trying to face the challenges that came their way, all while being alert to the physical and emotional needs of their differently-abled daughter and sister. The story shows us that even though limitations are many in disabled people, they are caring and loving and are able to be there for anyone who needs them.
The parents were delighted at the opportunity given to them and made their families proud!
What they had to say…..
I have worked many years with disabled childen but never with adults. Having got the opportunity to train and direct the parents performance was indeed a great experience for me for which I am very grateful. For these parents who have endured much and been stigmatized by society, an opportunity to perform gave them self confidence and self worth.
Sandun Bandara Dissanaike, Sunera Trainer and Director of ‘Ahasatath Udin’
A person with disability is someone that society has looked down on for many years. The greatest sorrow in this is not for the child but for the parents. Having been through years of heartache, being in something that gave them joy was a challenge. But being a part of this drama brought out laughter amidst the pain. They performed so well and not only received a standing ovation but a life changing experience which made them feel special again.
Thilini Kidituwakku, Sunera Trainer and Director of ‘Ahasatath Udin’
This was new a experience for us. For me, as a mother who has endured hardship in bringing up a disabled child for so many years being a part of this event gave us great joy and inner strength to keep going. We are so grateful to Sunera Foundation for giving us this opportunity.
Dilrukshi Wickramasinghe – Mother, Maharagama Workshop
As the Parents’ Committee of the Dehiwala workshop we have formed good friendships amongst us. This gave us an opportunity to widen our circle of friends with the parents of the Mahragama and Panadura workshops. Never did we imagine such an opportunity; to act, sing and dance on a stage. It was given to us without us having to spend any money for it and helped us to smile through all the difficulties in our lives. We are so grateful.
Gamini Liyanage , Father , Dehiwala Workshop
The service that our children receive through the Sunera Foundation is a great blessing to us. They extended that to us. We are so happy and grateful. We saw ourselves through the drama. My daughter watched me dance on stage with so much joy. The joy I had on that stage continues with me today. I want to continue life with the strength and motivation I received that day.
Kala Damayanthi – Mother , Panadura Workshop