Team 12 in Sri Lanka – Day 1
Somewhat bleary-eyed from a long flight the volunteers arrived Saturday morning (midnight Friday at home) very keen and raring to go! After hugs and greetings there was a little time off for a swim, lunch, unpacking and general R+R.
While the gang was resting it gave Bruce and Janet a chance to visit some of our university scholarship students. A highlight was presenting Pubudu with a graduation watch. Pubudu’s father helped build the TRIP Canada tsunami village in 2005 and, in return, the volunteers rebuilt the family home. Pubudu excelled at school and recently graduated with an Animal Sciences degree and is now working in the lab of the largest chicken farm in Sri Lanka. A truly amazing young woman.
Then we visited a Temple that TRIP Canada is providing some support for restoration. It has been in an almost derelict state since the tsunami. But this has not prevented more then 1,000 families from using it as their spiritual home and place of worship.
The warmth and caring of the congregation was evident with the ceremony and tea organized for the volunteers.
Next stop – Canadapura Children’s Home and Village where we will be building a residence to accommodate 16 more children. And what a welcome! A beautiful speech from the kids including: “Thank you for your helping hand…we will never forget that it is you who helped us. We promise to study well and become good citizens of the country.”
We spent a wonderful hour there – meeting the children, touring, checking out the worksite, participating in a blessing service and some special time for play.
All together a pretty special day. The team is very inspired and very much looking forward to getting to work tomorrow – after a great dinner and (hopefully!) a long night’s sleep.