In the 1980s, we were back in the US, this time with three children that I decided needed to learn the Sinhala alphabet. Using the chart, “Mom’s Rosetta Stone”, they were able to learn it easily.
In 2006, we returned to Sri Lanka with our son, Chandima who is a person with non-speaking autism. When we set up E.A.S.E. Foundation, Chammi needed to talk to his staff and students. So, using the our old” Rosetta stone”, I created a simple board fitting almost the entire Sinhala alphabet on to a 9x4 board. As we enrolled non-speaking students we taught them to communicate using this board. Some of them developed into poets and writers.
In 2022, our friends from Yaala Labs paid us a visit. They saw the board being used by the students and immediately thought of creating an app using that. “Kathakaramu” is the result of much R&D and many hours of work donated by their team to this project gladly.
We will give this app away free of charge to all those who need it. Giving a voice to mute people has always been our mission.