Sri Lanka is an island located right next to the Indian Peninsula. Ceylon is the name of the island of Sri Lanka, in fact, that very same name was used to be the official name of the country until 1972. About 75% of Sinhalese live in this multi-ethnic country. The minority is made of Indian Tamil people. Since 1830 Tamils were imported on the island from India as a labour force to work on the tea plantations. The country faced almost thirty years of civil conflicts. The fights for creating an independent state organized by the “Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam“ ended in 2009. The government military force defeated the Tigers. The fights caused many victims (up to 100.000). About three hundred thousand refugees made their way through the island. In 2005 this beautiful country faced massive destruction by a tsunami.
1. Women nunnery Sakyadhīta
The vision of the nunnery is to educate Buddhist nuns to establish a good knowledge of Dhamma (Buddha's teaching) and Vinaya (monastic rules). The aim is to develop one's own meditation practice and to be able to lead a Buddhist monastery.
The education in the nunnery focuses on the areas of computer knowledge, and on social and humanitarian help. Nuns play a crucial role in the Sri Lankan social service. In the society the nuns help to change the attitude towards education.
The nunnery educational center:
2. Home for orphans “Angela home“
In this home, Suriya Lamai helped girls who lost both of their parents or were abandoned for unknown reasons. 21 girls of age between five to eighteen lived in this orphanage located close to the Sri Lanka capital Colombo. This home was established in 1951 as a charity, and in 2010, it was newly registered and renamed “Angela – a Center for a Child Development“. Some representatives of our organization visited the home over several years. They delivered school gadgets and accessories, hygienic and sanitary aids to the girls. We also helped to build a new fence.
At the present the girls are living in a different accommodation because the terms and surroundings in the original house were difficult. The old buildings were hygienically highly inappropriate. It was the perfect breeding place for mosquitos, which represented a serious problem because of the high chance of infection and contamination. Moreover, neighbors became another issue. Parts of the land of the orphan's home were stolen. The neighbours showed aggressive behaviour. The Angela home management tried to solve the situation in peace. However, because of worries about the security of the orphans, it was decided to leave the existing premises and find new ones. The girls were accommodated in the nearby located orphan's home for boys. Nowadays they are living scattered in different homes all around the area.
Nuwara Eliya is a mountainous area, known as the highest located place in Sri Lanka. It lies in the Central province, and poverty is a striking issue in the area. In 2014, Karuṇā Sevena, distributed humanitarian aid and helped families and children during the catastrophic landslides. Nuwara Eliya is also the name for a canton town located close to the country's highest peak Pidurutalagala ( 1,868 m.)
Approximately 27,500 inhabitants live in the town of Nuwara Eliya. The town is located in the Sinhalese (Sinhala) speaking part of the island. About four thousand of Tamil people live here. They came from India, searching for jobs in the local tea plantations. Commissioned officer and adventurer Samuel Baker established the town in 1846. He initiated the cultivation and planting of vegetables, fruits and coffee trees in this area. At the end of 19th century fungus “Hemileia vastatrix“ killed the coffee trees here. The owners of the local plantations started to concentrate on the tea plants. The territorial climate around Nuwara Eliya is exceptionally favorable for tea plants. Resident Orange type, is one of the highest quality tea in the world.
Besides this, potatoes, carrots and roses are cultivated and grown in the town surroundings. Those plants and veggies enjoy the mild climate here.
The contact for the project Suriya Lamai:
Bank account: 6855679001/5500
- The intention of the project Suriya Lamai “The Children of the Sun” is to enable children from underprivileged families to develop and educate themselves and to provide them with basic needs. The donation is tax-deductible in the Czech Republic.
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