Jan Trestain

I recently holidayed in Sri Lanka with our Sri Lankan friend from UK who was visiting his family in Colombo. Knowing we were going to stay in Hikkaduwa for a while and having been involved with Bridge2SriLanka in Guernsey, I arranged with Sarah to visit the Siri Siduhath School there. Sarah’s delightful lawyer friend, Nilanthi, and her husband kindly took us there and we were greeted like royalty, with flowers and, most of all, smiles. This was a Saturday, but all the pupils had turned out in their beautiful uniforms with their parents to greet us. They put on a wonderful dance display, where all the children looked so expert and happy. I will never forget the very happy atmosphere at the school. We were looked after so warmly by Nihal and Disna. We then visited some of the homes which have been built by B2S on the nearby land. This place is a testament to the inspiration of Sarah and to all the fundraising which is taking place and this visit brought it all to life for me. Having been in Sri Lanka myself at the time of tsunami (but still in Colombo) this visit made me realise more than ever how important Bridge2’s ventures are. Thank you.