Thursday, 1 April 2010

Day 10 Rotary Club of Ja-Ela/Kandana

Day 10
Meeting again at Lanka Hands we travelled out to at Wilagedera, Gomawila near Negombo to see the Netherlands; a Welcome Home for Roofless Elders. It was a village where elderly people with no relatives or home were looked after in a spacious complex that was well designed for their needs with excellent access, a dental clinic, a dementia house, and impressively a worship centre catering foor Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims. Our hosts were the friendly Rotary Club of Ja-Ela/ Kandana. The team were really impressed with the facilities here mainly funded by the Dutch with input from Rotary. The village catered for 265 Elderly people housed as groups of four in two bedroomed bungalows. each of the bungalows was identified with the first name of the sponsor; a very personal touch.The whole place was so peaceful and the care unquestionable.
On the way back we visited a Buddhist temple built into the rock. In bare feet we attempted to scale the black granite but the rock burnt our feet and sadly we did not managed to experience the view from the top. Again the three elements were very much in evidence; the temple, the tree and the stupa. Back in Colombo by the port we visited a Hindu temple with a stone roof and wonderful stone carvings.
That night we met up together with all our hosts at the Swimming Club and had yet another wonderful evening. Our time with Colombo Uptown had come to an end and it was time to pack the cases and prepare for a changeover the following day at Lanka Hands.

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