Five-year-old looks after incapacitated father


From Nimal Gunatilleke,

Matale Corr.

Five year old Sashika Nisansala Bandara of Digampathana in Dambulla, is looking after his father who has been bedridden after injuring the latter’s spine in a fall from a tree. His mother had left the family after the father's accident.

To add to their woes, their house has also been attacked by wild elephants. He is a year one student of Digampathana Vidyalaya.

Sashika's father - Sunil Shantha (30) was a maize farmer and had a tree house to protect the crop. He had fallen off the ladder while climbing down.

The irreparable damage caused to Sunil Shantha's spine saw his wife leaving him and their only child for good.

The Social Services Department came to Sashika's help. But he had refused to leave his father. Anyone who is desirous of assisting this family could write to the District Social Services Officer, District Secretariat Matale or telephone him on 0718-421897.

Sashika Nisansala with his father

The makeshift house

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