Completion of SERVE's Home Away from Home Centre

Sri Lanka - July 2014

This project completed the SERVE Home Away from Home Centre at Modera, Sri Lanka. The project ran between 5 and 20 July 2014. This was AidCamps International's second project involving students from Rookwood School, Andover.

The following report was published by the school in its newsletter and was compiled by one of the teachers who participated in the project.

On Sunday, 20th July, 25 students and four staff members returned to the UK after successfully completing the Sri Lanka AidCamp 2014.

In hot and humid conditions the students worked hard to complete a two storey extension to an existing SERVE building at Modera, on the outskirts of Colombo.  The building will be used by children, and adults, from the local community, and with the help of SERVE (the local charity) it will provide a much needed resource for many families. 

In an opening ceremony, attended by local community members and religious leaders, it was clear to see the pride on the beaming student faces as they leave behind a Rookwood legacy to be used by children and adults of Sri Lanka.

It wasn't just work though! We enjoyed cultural tours of Negombo, Colombo, Galle and had a safari weekend in the Uda Walawe National Park.  We saw lots of wildlife, many beautiful beaches and spectacular temples – Sri Lanka is a stunning country. We also enjoyed games of cricket, football and netball with local children.

The students engaged in many new experiences and each and every one of them ‘grew' during their time away.

Thanks to Mr Knight, our AidCamp coordinator, and all the Rookwood staff for supporting this venture.

What did the students think?
- The wave of heat I experienced was phenomenal – Joe
- It was incredible to see monkeys in the wild; they seemed to peer back at us equally fascinated - Flora
- Sand-sifting is harder than it looks – Robert
- The ginger tea at work was refreshing and revitalising –Will/Ethan
- The chain-gang helped the group to gel – Emily
- There was no escape from the sweltering heat whilst painting on the top floor – Emma
- Pain is temporary – pride is forever – James

We also had the opportunity to revisit the AidCamp project of 2012 and see how the building is being used. It was lovely to see the smiling, pre-school children using the classroom we had built.
Hopefully, some of the 25 participating students will return to Sri Lanka one day........maybe on another AidCamp?


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