After months of tireless fundraising and preparation, our Lux volunteers head off on their philanthropic mission to Sri Lanka with Projects Abroad. We caught up with (a slightly jet-legged) Orlaith to find out how it all went, and what really happens on a Projects Abroad mission…
“We arrived back from our Projects Abroad experience on Sunday. The entire week was incredible, with hard work, laughs, and plenty of worthwhile moments. Our 7 day trip was jam-packed with lesson plans, construction work, and exploring all of Colombo’s offerings with the help of our Projects Abroad guides and team members. We grew both as people and as friends, and are incredibly touched that we could help out and make those children smile. We hope we can return one day to see how the stage is holding up!
- Completed the sensory garden at a temple school that had been started previously by a Projects Abroad group. We all pitched in to weed and plant the garden, Jackie and Tim also cleared debris from an outdoor sink for the children to wash their hands in
- Built a stage at the Community Centre – using few tools and basic construction skills we managed to break up a floor with crowbars and build a concrete stage for the local community centre. The Community Centre is used to teach English to the locals, as well as other vital life skills – and the stage will be an important addition to these learning sessions.
- We also spent time at a local school, helping the children develop their language and drawing skills through interactive lessons, as well as arts and crafts
- Engaged in active movement by playing games like catch and teaching them the Chicken Dance and YMCA – so cute!”