Monday, October 4, 2010

In the footprints of Adam: fighting poverty

First post from Sri Lanka. The happymaker made it safe and sound :-) So:
AYUBOWAN! (=wishing you a long life as the people here greet us)

Bet you didn't know that one of the country’s points of interest is Adam’s Peak, a mountain with a large indentation in the shape of a human footprint and is a place of pilgrimage for various religions. Buddhist tradition claims the footprint to be a remnant of Buddha. Others that Adam and Eve fled to Adam’s Peak after their expulsion from the Garden of Eden, and that Adam left the footprint when he stood on one foot for 1,000 years as penance for his sin. Either way many things happen in this magical place and most of them happen with the help of magical people.

During my assignment here I got the chance to meet such magical people and starting tomorrow I'll be working with them, for a month. I'll get to see how World Vision supports over 1400
villages , 372600 families in about 20 Sri Lankan divisions. I'll get to learn about fund raising, about fighting bureaucracy, helping women who plan to start a business in their own villages, offer medical assistance to those in need, recovering from natural disasters, supporting the education of kids and teenagers who deserve such a better life after years of war.And more....

It is a unique experience to see and hear about so many ways of doing good in just a couple of days. And must admit I had no idea our client is doing so many things already, with such great results, at a such large scale and so well planned. I think in the end it's gonna be me who will be the one who's gonna benefit the most of this. Hope only that I'll manage to absorb as much as I can and help smaller NGOs in the future with ideas& tips around such projects.

Just to give you an example of some of their work here...hopefully we'll get to visit some of the locations and provide you with self made videos :-) Actually I can't wait for that to happen.

And as usual my friends, if you want to help, here is another opportunity for you. Verified& recommended, another place where our help is needed. Will post more updates soon!

Thank You=ISTUTI
(in sinhalese)

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