Jenna, Katherine and Sarah had been involved in fundraising at West Hatch High School since hearing about the work of HOPE in Sri Lanka following the Tsunami, in school assemblies. As well as organising and helping at fund-raising events they raised all money for their trip. It was 2012 and the UK Olympics so as well as painting the shower block the girls put on an amazing “olympics ‘event for the 100 children. The stayed on site in very basic conditions, eagerly got up at 6am to do exercises with the children and taught English and dance.
Several other teams have visited Sri Lanka with Keith and Pam since August 2005. On this trip the team distributed aid to schools and the local community and Pam discovered that counselling skills were much needed.
Supun, age 10 lost his father and sister in the Tsunami. He had stopped talking and walking and clung to his mother. Pam used creative therapy and he responded so well she felt convinced that perhaps adults, e.g teachers might need help to assist these children. It was then that Keith and Pam decided to offer counselling skills training for teachers.
In August 2017, 9 friends accompanied Keith and Pam on a trip to Sri Lanka. As well as decorating the boys’ home at an orphanage they organised a very successful holiday club for 100+ children in the local church
The August 2017 team decorating the boys’ home and the holiday club at local church.