We make a living by what
we get, but we make a life
by what we give.
We take a private, protected, working toilet totally for granted here in the UK… in fact, we can get quite miffed if one is unsanitary or out of order! In Sri Lanka, a toilet is never a given.
Without tools to dig the pit (through stone-hard ground), or money to make or buy the bricks to build a privy, the only other recourse is a bush, or the roadside, or whatever modicum of
privacy can be found in a moment of desperation! Snakes, deadly insects, open weather,
barbed wire, and unhygienic waste also share this space. There is no McDonald’s to duck into,
and likely few neighbors wealthy enough to even have one to share.
The need to use a loo is a basic necessity of mankind. To a Sri Lankan, the gift of one changes their normal every-day in the most meaningful, extraordinary way.
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Grecian and Rubi have 3 sons aged 18, 14 and 8 years and 2 daughters aged 20 years and the youngest daughter who was born in January 2018. Their children are all still studying or awaiting school exam results. Their 8 year old son, Amos, attends the Paalam School in […]Read more
Nathan and Niroshini along with their children Sindujan, Thiviya and Jennifer currently live in a wooden shack. The family have managed to pay off the land they own but cannot afford to build a house on it. They have managed to build their own well. Nathan owns a Trishaw and works […]Read more
Pavi and Semitha along with their 2 year old son, Elroy, live in Jaffna. Pavi has his own small shop where he does electrical repairs. The couple also work part-time for the church, overseeing the house groups and youth ministry. They have managed to save enough money to buy a […]Read more