The Ceylon School for the Deaf & Blind (CSDB), an approved charity, is over one hundred years old and has under its purview three residential schools: the School for the Blind, the School for the Deaf at Ratmalana and Nuffield School for the Deaf & Blind at Kaithady Jaffna. The total student population in the three schools combined is approximately 570.
Almost all the students are from impoverished homes and cannot afford to pay any fees. Accordingly they are not levied any fees for tuition, hostel accommodation and other facilities. Whilst the State provides limited funding, the Resource Development Committee (RDC) - the fundraising arm of CSDB raises the major component needs for the school. The total funding requirement for the three schools in the year 2014 is approximately Rs.108 million, which works out to about Rs.120,000/- per student, after factoring in the State grants.
A fundraiser exhibition and a silent art auction, for the Ceylon School for the Deaf & Blind will be presented at Saskia Fernando Gallery from 8th - 10th October 2014. Organised by the Board of Trustees of the School and Saskia Fernando Gallery and sponsored by Land Rover, Nations Trust Bank, Joseph Louis, and Favourite International, this event will raise funds for this worthy cause.
Both artists and art collectors have graciously donated pieces of art to be auctioned at this fundraising event. The exhibition will feature works by Stanley Kirinde, Ivan Peries, Nelun Harasgama, George Beven, Basil Cooray, Sanjeewa Kumara, Sujeewa Kumari, Saskia Pintelon, Anoma Wijewardene, Anoli Perera, Marie Alles Fernando, Prageeth Manohansa, Dila Weerasinghe, Suni Nirmalingam, Dominic Sansoni and Nihal Fernando.