Saturday, January 15, 2005

Update from Joe, Caroline and Drake

We just spoke to Caroline Upton who arrived along with Joe Dacanay and Drake Mosier from Napa Valley in California from connections made through our blog [we ran a story "welcome amarican volunteers" on 11 january]. This is an update from the mobile phone interview with her on the amazing work they are doing.

Joe, Caroline and Drake are in place called Kalmunai, in the far eastern part of Sri Lanka. This area was very very badly damaged and over 10,000 people lost their lives in the district. Caroline told us that they are running back-to-back medical camps in the Wesley College [refugee] camp in Kalmunai. They are also working with the people who lost their homes to clear debris and figuring out ways to dipose of the same. She also said they were linking up with US medical team to expand the health-realted work. She said they were very happy with the progress and felt comfortable with working with the area people.

Yesterday they had visisted Pottuvil and Ulle, two more badly affected areas in tractors [as roads are still dameged] and distributed backpacks and toys and even some books with folks from the Rotary Club of Kandy.

Rotarians around the world I am sure are proud of you all and the people in the area are so thankful. Way to go!

1 comment:

helen said...

Three adults also from No. Calif. looking for volunteer opportunity in Sri Lanka or Thailand. backgrounds in water systems & water treatment, watershed management & admin., physician. We are available from 2/15. Prefer to work thru Rotary clubs. hpw1019@yahoo.com