"We Are The Bridge"
Description: Veemankaman is situated in Thellipallai DS division in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. There are nearly 150 families living in the area. It was a very fertile piece of land before the conflict started. During the conflict the whole area was destroyed and dwellers were sent to different areas. After being resettled in their own lands after 30 years, the villagers could convert the land to a main agricultural area. For many, the agriculture has become the main income source. The villagers lack of infrastructure as a result of prevailed 30 years of war. Most of the houses were built under NGO grants received by several organizations.
Type of Work: The volunteers would be engaged with painting the school walls, cleaning & renovation work in the child development center. In addition the volunteers are expected to organize some play and educational activities for the kids in the village. Moreover we would organize more activities for the children combined with volunteers to enhance the deeper understanding for each other and to learn new cultures.
Study Theme: The selected theme is Non-violent communication. In addition the volunteers are most welcome to conduct study sessions on themes of special interest. This would be a good arena to exchange the experience and knowledge of the volunteers from different backgrounds.
Accommodation: Food and accommodation would be provided in a school building where volunteers have to sleep on the floor. The mats and pillows would be provided. The volunteers have to bring sleeping bags and linen according to your needs.Simple vegetarian food (rice, vegetables, dhal,etc) would be provided. Volunteers would help in cooking. Come prepared with your delicious recipes and special ingredients – if
Language: There are two languages use in Sri Lanka called Sinhala and Tamil. The usage of the language depend on the majority lives in respective areas. Tamil, being the majority of Jaffna will lead to the main language. In addition most of the people can communicate in English.
Requirements: Motivation to work in a team/group while respecting other members of the community.Interest in learning about different cultures. Tolerance, understand and a good sense of humour.
Approximate Location: Veemankamam, J/237, Thellippalali, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The village is situated 30 Km from Jaffna in the Northern part of Sri Lanka. The distance from Colombo to Jaffna is nearly 362 Km.
Notes: This camp is funded by Terra 21 foundation based in Switzerland where SCI SL has been financially supported from 2014 to implement several projects. All the volunteers are strongly advised to arrive the SCI Centre in Kandy by the lunch, 3rd of August 2016. If you wish to arrive a bit earlier, we can provide you food and accommodation at SCI center (please write us in advance). If you want us to pick up from the airport, we can arrange a vehicle upon your request at a reasonable price (70 Euros). Casual visitors and ‘holiday makers’ would NOT be entertained. Smoking, alcohol and substance abuse are TABOO - during the camp.
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