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FAR THE MONEY RAISED HAS
RE ROOFED AN ORPHANAGE
NEW HOMES FOR HOMELESS VICTIMS
RESCUED DOGS IN A DOGS HOME (KACPAW)
MANY HOMELESS VICTIMS WITH FRESH FOOD AND PROVISIONS
SCHOLARSHIPS TO TSUNAMI AFFECTED CHILDREN
SMALL BUSINESSES BACK ON THEIR FEET BY BUYING EQUIPMENT TO START AGAIN
& RE PLANTED TREES TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
PROVIDED FRESH WATER TANK SYSTEMS TO TSUNAMI AFFECTED SCHOOLS
SUPPLIED CHILDREN AND THEIR TEACHERS WITH SCHOOL UNIFORMS AND SHOES
ALSO WITH THE HELP OF THE BRITISH PUBLIC WE HAVE:
FOUR CONTAINERS WITH BOXES OF AID CONTAINING:
CLOTHES, SHOES, BABY ITEMS, BLANKETS, BEDDING, KITCHEN WARE, FOOD, MEDICINES, SEWING MACHINES, COMPUTERS, BICYCLES
Many people have lost not only their possessions, homes and loved ones, but also their source of income. We have replaced badly damaged fishing boats (Sea Canoes), restoring the trade to families and have delivered 20 boats for the village of Kaburugamuwa in the south of Sri Lanka. All proudly bear the name of their sponsor.
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Nuwara Eliya hill country train on route to Ella
Ratnapura is located in the foothills of the 2,243 metre high Adams Peak.
Weligama stilt fisherman
Matala Hindu Temple
|Visit Sri Lanka
An excellent way of helping the people of Sri Lanka is to visit for a holiday. Every now and then you will read information in the papers or hear on the news that there is a terrorist movement in Sri Lanka called the Tamil Tigers. We need to reassure you that this movement does not operate in the tourist areas and the movement is usually in the North and East of Sri Lanka. We recommend you use a guide when travelling around the country. We have never felt threatened whilst we have been over there. We just love the country and want you to share the experience also.
If you are visiting Sri Lanka the use of a local guide will provide higher levels of enjoyment of your trip, with the local knowledge you will visit all the places both on and off the tourist trail.
or go directly to JNW Tours or Gamini
Gamini is an experienced tour guide and a tsunami survivor himself. We highly recommend his services.
Gamini and tour bus
Ayubowan ! May you live long - greetings from Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is an island of
endless enchantment, a tiny tropical paradise where you could discover
almost anything from golden sun-kissed beaches, mist-shrouded mountains,
awe-inspiring ancient monuments and sprawling wild life parks to
impenetrable rain forests and rushing white waters to get the adrenaline
Click on the links below to go to the individual pages.
Lanka - A Brief History
During the reign of King Devanampiya Tissa, a descendent of Pandukabhaya, Buddhism was introduced in 247 B.C. by Arahat Mahinda, the son of the emperor Asoka of India. This is one of the most important events in Sri Lanka history as it set the country on the road to cultural greatness. As a new civilization flourished Sri Lanka became rich and prosperous.
In the mid 2nd century B.C. a large part of north Sri Lanka came under the rule of an invader from South India. From the beginning of the Christian era and up to the end of the 4th century A.D. Sri Lanka was governed by an unbroken dynasty called Lambakarna, which paid great attention to the development of irrigation. A great king of this dynasty Mahasen (3rd century A.D.) started the construction of large "tanks" or irrigation reservoirs. Another great "tank" builder was Dhatusena, who was put to death by his son Kasyapa, who made Sigiriya a royal city with his fortress capital on the summit of the rock. As a result of invasions from South India the kingdom of Anuradhapura fell by the end of the 10th century A.D.. Vijayabahu I repulsed the invaders and established his capital at Polonnaruwa in the 11th century A.D.. Other great kings of Polonnaruwa were Parakrama Bahu the Great and Nissanka Malla both of whom adorned the city with numerous buildings of architectural beauty
Invasion was intermittent and the capital was moved constantly until the Portuguese arrived in 1505, when the chief city was established at Kotte, in the western lowlands. The Portuguese came to trade in spices, but stayed to rule until 1656 in the coastal regions, as did the Dutch thereafter. Dutch rule lasted from 1656 to 1796, in which year they were displaced by the British. During this period the highland kingdom, with its capital in Kandy, retained its independence despite repeated assaults by foreign powers who ruled the rest of the country. In 1815 the Kingdom of Kandy was ceded to the British and thus they established their rule over the whole island.
Modern communications, western medical services, education in English, as well as the plantation industry (first coffee, then tea, rubber and coconut) developed during the British rule. By a process of peaceful, constitutional evolution, Sri Lanka won back independence in 1948 and is now a sovereign republic, with membership in the Commonwealth of Nations and the United Nations Organization.
Sri Lanka is used for numerous film backdrops such as Kithulgala where ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ was filmed.
A country rich in natural resources
Tea, Rubber and Coconut
Rice, Vegetables & Fruit.
Marine life, Diving & Water sports
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