Lanka Journal: Entry Number 1 I
left for Sri Lanka on Monday night,
June 13 at I
was very lucky to have Ward Tomlinson, the husband of Katie Poole who
this trip, volunteer to drive both of us to JFK. I went to Ward and
house in Princeton. We packed our
things in the
car and Katie said goodbye to her two daughters Kristen and Deidre. We
at the airport by the other member of our team, Dr. Betty Belasco.
The rest of the trip was uneventful except for all
luggage being left in London and only arriving
after we were at the Continental Hotel in Colombo.
was almost unbelievable to be back in Colombo, having been here
March. We stayed at the Ceylon Continental Hotel having gotten a good
through my friend RifkyNoordeen.
The time from our Wednesday arrival until this writing (Sunday June 19)
been spent making our arrangements to go to the tsunami areas.
Friday Katie made contact with a women's organization named Zonta
which has been helping to rebuilding in the tsunami areas. We had lunch
old Cricket Club with three of the very energetic Zonta
members who told us all about their work. Renuka
Fernando was joined by two of her colleagues, ManthriPerara and Shireen
We got a great deal of information and encouragement for our work from
evening, we went to Rifky’s house and had
dinner with Rifky and his daughter, Zeenath
On Saturday, RuwanFonseka
and his Driver Brian came by our hotel to help us plan our trip to the
areas. Ruwan is providing a free car for
here and Brian will be acting as driver and translator. We plan on
another translator when we get to the tsunami areas.
Sunday June 19, we are leaving for Unamantuna
is just beyond the Galle Fort. We will be staying at a hotel there and
that as our base of operations for our work in the camps.
spending these last few days in Colombo, we are anxious to
get into our
work. Betty, Katie and I are very enthusiastic about the coming days
with the survivors of the December
16, 2004, tsunami.