Inspired Words

These are the experiences of our volunteers in Sri Lanka.

March 1: Day 1 – The journey to Tangalle

Posted in Sri Lanka on March 2, 2015

We're here! Seven tired but totally pumped Canadians, ready to start the Tangalle project. We arrived early in the morning and what a pleasure to see our vans waiting for us! It is hard to believe that for several of us it has been 10 years since we made this trip and for three, it is a first time for setting eyes on Sri Lanka. It was 10 years, almost to the day, that six of our group first arrived in Sri Lanka - just weeks after the destruction of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.

The journey was a fun one of noticing new things and reminiscing about the first one. What we really noticed was the new growth and development all along the way. Where we last saw broken homes, treeless devastation, boats and trains where they shouldn't be, this time we saw new life, and a sense that life has picked itself up and carried on.

Raelene, the owner of Moonstone Villas and a DWC volunteer, greeted us. We will be staying at her hotel for the duration of the trip. Wayne, DWC's founder and former president, had just arrived in from his trip through Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka - we got settled in and had a great time chillin' around the pool!

Marcia Julian
DWC Team Leader
Sri Lanka: March 2015

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