Where i was hanging out these last weeks.

Sri Lanka 15 January 2015.
Alarm goes of at 5 am in the morning. Driving  to Zaventem airport. After a perfect flight  we land safe in Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. The temperature difference was enormous. The heat falls on you when you come outside. But you get used to it very fast. First day we rest.  Travelling a whole day makes you tired.
We called our friends of course, that we arrived safe. We’re missing our best help Suresh (now he orks in Oman) and Surendra  ( he works in Dubai) The brother of Suresh, Dinesh helps us now, for which we are very gratefull.
1. the first visit was to the widow with four children, where we have built in our previous visit a kitchenette and bought a mattress  Now 1.5 years later there was damage on the roof.
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There has been heavy rains in recent months .he  damage on the roof we restored.
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Also we made a natural waterwell  safe.
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To protect kids falling in. It is situated  a few feet from her house. With concrete rings secured,  around the rings a slab of cement, so that there is a safe area, so she can take water  with a bucket
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2. Small house Induruwa.
A family lived with 4 in a small room. Last year we build  two rooms. Now cover de walls with cement. The walls  were still in grove stone, so that makes a lot of  moisture which is not healthy. We also make now a small kitchenette.
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We came to check once and a while and we can say   YESSS  this is going fast. Thanks guys.
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3. For the family The Silva where we have built years ago electricity and built a kitchen, we bought a food package.
Dhr.de Silva has no job and now he had  a good idea to get a lawn mower (not like our lawn mowers  but  one to cut wild grass, natural grass) , so he can mow the grass at customers and can earn a few rupees per customer.  Not a bad idea.
We go for it.
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Give the fishing line and not the  fish. Tx Dinesh for your help.
4. for the Montesorri school we have bought with help of  Uditha Samanlal (toilet project 2013) a desk and 2 chairs (the old ones were worn to threads)
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and for the children each a bag with school materials.
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When we arrived the desk and chairs were just delivered by the company and the ladies were extremely satisfied.
The children’s parents were also waiting. It was a hustle and bustle.
5. shelter.
Chamaree had requested a refrigerator for the shelter for babies.
Young moms babies and babies diminished by the Court .  This was a very emotional visit. It was prohibited to take pictures, which I can understand for the safety of the children. The house was also hard to find. That says enough, dont you think.
We went to the shop  and they agreed  they could supply the refrigerator immediatly.
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6 . And unbelievable but true.

The old man and his wheelchair.
We drive 2 minutes in Aluthgama and yes.. There he is again. We bought a food  package and went to bicycle shop for a new bicycle tire and test the grease on his wheelchair.
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7. Project Women in Movement.
For a certain amount we bought readingbooks  for library.
So children who have less, also can do  their study. Thanks Chamaree. Etienne could not carry more.
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And then with peace of mind back to the hotel.
Estuti to everyone who has helped us in any way.
Etienne and Marij van Goethem,
De Klinge, 3 February
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17 Responses to Where i was hanging out these last weeks.

  1. Joe Cutler says:

    Amazing memories my friend.

  2. Wow…. Brilliant work you have carried out yet again dear MJ… and I am sure your friends in Sri Lanka are very grateful for all of your help…. Fantastic… You both have such generous hearts… And are amazing people… but so are the people of Sri Lanka.. you have to visit them to understand just how lovely they are..
    Many thanks dear Mj.. Love and Hugs xxx Sue

  3. prenin says:

    Well done as usual MJ! 🙂

    You are a person I can honestly say I admire and respect for all you do!!! 🙂

    Love and hugs!


  4. Gray Dawster says:

    You guys and gals are awesome Sweeti 🙂
    Have a really nice start to your Thursday
    my lovely friend 😉

    Andro xxx

  5. Amazing work you’re doing out there! 🙂

  6. Michiko says:

    Dear Sweeti San!
    The young Moms rgfringerator look nice you boughta food package a new bicycle are his wheelcheir. You has bing few time of in Sri Lanka with few friends, The children in the school some of are still like to talk to you ..I still remember so many things Sweeti San!
    We having very hot day Today 76 of cloudy feels like 76′ 35′- 18 today.
    Have a good day!

    • chicasl10 says:

      Tx Michiko san
      we had a wonderful time. Sri Lanka is a 3 rd world country.Most ppl dont know that.
      The hotels are fantastic and the ppl Always smiling. But there is Always a biut

      so many ppl dont have running water.
      still after so many years.
      Huggy and we have cold Michiko san Lets mix our temperatures and we have 24 C

  7. It is so very good to provide help where it is needed. A heart warming experience shared by all.
    with love and peace, Eddie

  8. Wow Sweeti you’re such a inspiration! What wonderful work you do, i’m sure these people never forget you or how you’ve helped them.
    Happy Valentines Day my friend.
    Hugs and love, Nikki

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