ISH is a busy school, with many things happening all round the year. Students at various levels always have something to look forward to, whether it’s an event, a themed week or a school trip within the country, the continent or abroad. Sri Lanka Project members have one such exciting trip. From the time they joined the project, Grade 9 and 10 are involved in a fundraising activities like bake sales, plastic bottle recycling (in partnership with Grade 5XB), organizing Junior School dances, children’s activities during the Holiday Fair and their main fundraiser – The Sri Lanka Cup golf tournament. The money raised from all activities is used to fund building and renovation projects at five kindergartens in Sri Lanka. They were destroyed during the tragic 2004 tsunami and re-built by ISH together with the Janoda Foundation and the city of Hamburg.
The project transferred more than US$8000 this year to the kindergartens in Tangalla, Tangalla Uphill, Arawanamulla, Tissa and Andarawawe and by the time our ISH team traveled to Sri Lanka over the Easter break, the kindergartens had worked on outdoor spaces, fencing around playgrounds and more construction for multiple uses.
This year twelve students were accompanied by project supervisor Ms. Hayward, Ms. Beauchamp and Mr. Främke. Generous baggage allowances meant that the entire group was able to take an additional bag each, filled with toys, games, puzzles, space hoppers, party bags and clothing. One of the highlights of the trip was the opportunity to meet and interact with children and families of the kindergartens, assessing the progress of the on-going work and discussing the way forward.
The trip also included cultural day trips in the region. The group toured several regions starting with Dambulla, where they climbed the ancient fortress of Sigiriya or “Lion’s Rock”, visited the Golden Cave Temple which is adorned with 5th century Buddhist paintings and a spice and herb garden known for its healing products. They also toured nearby regions of Kandy where they visited the Temple of the Tooth and a safari tour in Tissa where they saw exotic wildlife.
The team enjoyed this trip and were all well on form throughout their time there. It was during their travels from Kandy to Tissamaharama that they received tragic news of major attacks in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa in which hundreds of people both local and international lost their lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and the country Sri Lanka. ISH community, through the Sri Lanka Project will continue to support the five kindergartens and their communities.
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