The Video Dictionary Non-Project

8 Jun

I made some mention of a video sign language dictionary filming project in partnership with Ruhunu Sumaga Circle of the Deaf. I would like to update everyone and explain that this did not happen after all due to a succession of reasons. But the last reason is the best one of all: the Central Federation of the Deaf (CFD) is making one anyway to be completed in July or August! So I am looking forward to that; some funds will probably need to be raised to supply the school and pupils’ families with as many video dictionaries as possible.

Today is my last day in Sri Lanka but there are still several last-minute things to accomplish. Most notably is the “WE CAN!” celebration of sign language beginning in just two and a half hours. Mala will be filming it so you’ll get to watch a YouTube version soon!

Lunch is at 1:45, and I’ll leave school at 2:30. Then the van departs at 3:00. Mala, Lakmal, Naushan, and possibly a couple others will join for the long ride up (and they get to ride back south!). We’ll stop briefly in Hikkaduwa to get a couple of cool t-shirts with a graphic of a surfboard tied atop a three-wheeler. Sri Lanka, unfortunately, is lacking in cool t-shirts unlike other countries like India or Thailand, so this is quite an important mission for us. Next is a fine dining experience at Pizza Hut in Colombo. Lakmal requested this! Maybe he saw an advertisment somewhere. I’m happy to introduce my friends to the wonders of pizza! Then the airport. Apparently I can take two friends into the ticketing area with me, so I’ll do that and tell them all about what happens inside an airport.

Then the flight to Hong Kong with maybe a three-hour layover in Singapore, and then the world beyond Lanka’s shores.

6 Responses to “The Video Dictionary Non-Project”

  1. Carrie 09. Jun, 2008 at 4:21 am #

    Adam! Congratulations on your journey. I’ve really enjoyed reading all about it since you first began 2 years ago. This one feels like you’ve completed the circle and you’re ending it on a good note.

    *mwah* Hope to see you soon!

  2. lizzie 09. Jun, 2008 at 5:00 am #

    ((blinks eyes)) leaving already? wow. lookin’ forward to the youtube version soon :) :) :)

  3. jill 09. Jun, 2008 at 10:20 am #

    Safe journeys until we see you in a few days. I know it was hard to leave them all. Now you can bring your knowledge and ideas to a new world of education.
    Love mom

  4. Hillary 09. Jun, 2008 at 10:44 am #

    I am probably too late for you to read this – but I am praying for your safe journey home. thank you for sharing your experiences with us all – you open new vistas for us all by sharing your insights. love and best wishes to you and your Sri Lankan friends, Hillary

  5. Ginette 09. Jun, 2008 at 2:55 pm #

    Have a safe journey home Adam! Enjoy every last minute you’ve got in SL :) I am soooo looking forward to the video on You Tube!
    Well done on all of your achievements – both personal and professional. You really have made a positive impact on many people’s lives and despite you physically leaving Sri Lanka, your contributions, guidance and friendships will continue to last forever…
    x G

  6. amanda 10. Jun, 2008 at 5:56 am #

    i know you’ve already left, but have a safe journey! and thanks again for sharing your experiences with us through this blog!