Sri Lanka Fall 2008

Cealo visited Sri Lanka in December 2008 from the 5th the 13th. During this trip the Foundation U.S.A donated $20,000 for Direct Action Projects in Sri Lanka. We spent the fund on the Karuna (Gayuna) Harmony Center, a Direct Action Center, and its neighboring village. Now we are taking care of 11 acres of land including the Center and the village. None of these projects including the Center would happen if not for the support and guidance of the Venerable Subhuti, a monk who enjoys Cealo’s way of Direct Action.

Another 20 acres of land came to Cealo that houses 50 families who just live and farm there without permission. So, the Global Harmony family including volunteers in Sri Lanka, the U.S, andJapan is helping this village and all the villages as if it were our own village. In order to support the village people and the Center management in the future,  we are going to start vegetable garden and rice farming there this winter as soon as the place is ready. One of our friends from Japan is staying in Sri Lanka until February to grow vegetable and rice experimentally at the center land and a village where gypsy people currently resident to settle their life . He is a farmer in charge of the Global Harmony Rice Farm in Japan who proposed the agricultural supportproject in Sri Lanka. The harvest time in Japan is finished and we had bountiful rice crop more than in any of the years past. Since our friend does not have permanent joy during the winter inJapan, he decided to devote his time to work with our friends in Sri Lanka. Our agricultural development projects are doing well thanks to the team of Tambo, the Japanese rice farm, that has supported villages in both Cambodia and Sri Lanka for several years now. Our farmer friend is staying in Sri Lanka center until the end of February.

Eventually, Cealo hopes that we can welcome any volunteers who wish to visit Asia at the Center. Right now, Cealo's way of direct action is not easy for everybody to join now. In the future, it will be easier to host American people once we have the Center ready and programs with a purpose to do service work, such as helping to make wells, farming, and making bricks to built houses.

There is a report of our trip to Sri Lanka provided in Japanese that was written by O-chan, a lady with children on the first picture of the page, with many pictures that you may enjoy below.