New Housemates come to stay!
Trip Start May 21, 2007
127Trip End Sep 19, 2010
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It all started when we saw Kanchana (the cleaner) carrying 2 mozzie nets into one of the other bedrooms this morning. When we asked why, she said that 4 people would be staying overnight. We knew nothing of this, however when we went out to Preschool, we discovered that they were not in the usual school building, but in the make shift classroom at the back of the yard. This was because a group of ladies from the NCC (National Christian Counsel) had arrived to facilitate a conference with local business people/self employed about how to manage their business and offer any support needed – both legal advice and financial. They then continued in the afternoon, running various workshops for the Afterschoolers. These were to empower the children and help them focus on their behaviour and attitudes.
In the evening, we went with our new found housemates on a magical mystery tour/jaunt which began with what should have been a trip to see the new harbour. The government decided that after the Tsunami, Hambantota could do with some much needed regeneration, the main focus on this is the new Port being built, costing over $60 million. However it transpired that it was closed for the evening and so they kindly arranged for us to be able to view it at 7.30AM the next morning, which we were chuffed to bits about! As the journey down was only supposed to be 5 minutes, we were happy enough to squeeze 5 people plus child into the back of their Jeep. When the "5 minute journey" became half an hour, on the way back we took up residence in the boot, which had no air con but several open windows!
Little did we know that this was not the end, as we then stopped to visit a family that the NCC ladies knew. The purpose was to deliver an accordion to the man of the house, the reasons for which remain a mystery but we think it was a present from a son to his father. He tinkled away as we were fed bananas, chocolate swiss roll, samosas and very sweet tea. We then left for a quick visit to the new lady minister.
Having returned back later than expected, we helped the ladies to bag parcels to bring to the prison the next day. They were going there to give a “welfare talk” to the lady prisoners and again offer any legal advice and support to them. The parcels included underwear, soap, toothpaste and a few other bits and bobs.