Before we arrived on the East Coast, Lal had told us that he had a very serious situation to show us. Just outside his village of Kayankerny, a widow was living—‘camping’ would be a better way to describe it—in the most appalling circumstances. The photo shows her ‘home’. Rubble for a floor, a broken tarpaulin for a covering—no proper shelter at all. Although there had recently been an unseasonably dry period, it was monsoon time. We could not imagine what the conditions would be like then. A small pathetic pile of school books and little school shoes would immediately be soaked as soon as the rain came.
Kate (Neil) has just returned from her annual summer visit to our STB Children.
They are enjoying school holiday time now and Kate reports that they are all well and happy!
More news of the new house building project to follow in her report.
My dear friends and supporters of Star Action,
I have recently returned from a very rewarding visit to Sri Lanka and India, with my colleague and co-founder of Star Action, Stuart.
We try to visit Sri Lanka twice a year, if possible, but certainly each February, so we can personally check on the progress of all the up and running projects and oversee the initiation of new endeavours. This visit has been very fruitful and I am particularly excited about our new community education project in the remote and formerly war-torn East Coast village of Mankerny, and also our ‘build a toilet’ scheme in a very poor fishing community on the West Coast.