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Help Viola To Provide For Her Family

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In Sri Lanka I've met Viola. She lives in her daughters house next to the beach in Colombo. The house is made of wood and some plates over it. The real house was taken away by the Tsunami in 2004.

They have no money to buy food and drinks, so the family eats what they catch in the sea. Sometimes they get some food from tourists. Like how I've done it yesterday. We have eaten with the entire family from the groceries that I've done. She's a real good cook.

Viola wants to provide for her family. In her mind she already knows what to do. If she just gets some money she will buy all the things she needs to open her beachstand. Fishermen need cigarettes and something to eat and drink. During the high season there are tourists too. Viola knows for sure they will enjoy the real Sri Lankan experience by eating some of her food and drinking some ginger tea.

So all we need is money to provide Viola with cigarettes, drinks, vegetables, rice and spices. The family can catch the fish themselves.

I will be around for some time to supervise the whole thing and to create a stand with her. Also I want to stay to make pictures and inform you about the progress. In that process you will also see how we spend the money.

In the meantime I will teach her children and grandchildren English and learn a little Sinhalese. I'm staying in a hostel nearby on my own expense.



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