Never leave a place without making it better...
As you may have seen from my social media updates I have recently returned from Sri Lanka. Our vacation was filled with sights of natural beauty, historical landmarks, luxurious hotels, beautiful beaches, smiling faces and kindness from everyone we were lucky enough to interact with.
We had such a lovely and well deserved holiday but it was hard to not be confronted with the poverty and struggle so many seem to be facing. As a country that has just come out of a cival war that lasted almost 3 decades there are quite a lot of at-risk human beings who fall through the cracks and seem to be forgotten by their rapidly growing society.
This is going somewhere, I promise! Away from our families on Christmas we decided to do something that would bring joy into the lives of strangers, our blessings in life sort of started the day we were born into a society that wasnt at war with itself, a family unit that was able to support our growing needs and an education system that allowed us to flourish into whatever we desired - regardless of sex, age or family wealth.
Christmas Eve arrived and we asked our incredibly helpful driver Sumedha where our contribution would be of best use and he pointed us in the direction of Maintree - in fact, he even took the time away from his own family to help us on Christmas day as we visited the orphanage. Due to heavy rain fall there was an urgent need for raincoats and umbrellas - so we found a store that was open and purchased 30 raincoats and 30 umbrellas. Every one of the girls now has a raincoat and umbrella all of their own, and there are a few spares just in case.
The team at Maithree are doing an incredible job with the resources they currently have access to, however they do not receive any government funding and all of their food is donated by local business and individuals but sadly some days they don't have any food donated at all!
26 little girls aged 5 - 16 call Maithree home.
It only costs around $30 - $40 to feed them all for the day. 26 people for only $30. Currently there is roughly 5 days a month that they don't receive any food - 5 days too many...
The girls that live at Maithree come from all different backgrounds, abandoment, abuse and who knows what else they have had to deal with in their short lives.
I walked out of there and made a promise to myself that i would help them and hopefully by sharing this story I can do that. If there is one thing I discovered during my visit in Sri Lanka it is that the Sri Lankan people are very resourceful - even the smallest donation will go a long way and in this case. It is a beautiful world we live in when we can extend our blessings to others.
Please share this link - be the change you wish to see in the world.
Jamie Louise Stevenson
* All funds raised will be managed and distributed free of charge by our friends acounting firm in Colombo, Sri Lanka.