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Phase 10: April - July 2001

All the children gather at the temple on the eve of the Singhalese New Year Festival. Michael Kreitmeier's 14-year-old son Manuel has also come to Sri Lanka to celebrate this festival with his father and the children of Little Smile.
On New Year's Day, 13 April,Bandula's Familie moves to Little Smile. The youngest daughter, Maheshi, is an enthusiastic dancer and is seen here at the welcoming ceremony.
For this important festival, our smallest child, Samanmal, is lovingly washed and dressed up by Indrani.
Parting hurts! When Michael Kreitmeir returns to Germany at the end of April after more than 4 months in Little Smile, not only Gimsha sheds many tears.
Birgit Stecher from Munich begins on 29 May her second trainee program in Little Smile. She will stay for 8 weeks.
It was not an easy decision to leave the large, flat area under our rose plantations as a playground for the children. Here our volley ball team proudly takes their positions. From now on, they will practice every morning, starting just after 6 a.m., for 40 minutes.
Yellow fever reaches Little Smile in June, striking Nischante most severely.
A good thing it is, that Wedemama, our Ayurveda doctor, is a master of the healing arts. Yellow fever and two broken arms are healed completely with natural medicines alone.
Starting in mid-June, continuing drought leads to constant power failures. Not only the homework continues, thanks to gas lamps!
Work on the employee quarters and the carpentry workshop is nearly completed at the end of July.
Our carpenters will soon be able to move in.