Thursday, May 19, 2005

No Wild Animals Yet

One thing we've already learned about Sri Lanka is that plans can change.

So we're not going to the Wildlife Sanctuary area yet...we're heading off tomorrow for Batticaloa, one of the cities hardest hit by the tsunami. We rearranged our plans so that we can go to Yala with a guide who is very involved in the relief and rebuilding effort and knows the area first hand.

We are learning a lot about what's going on in regards to aid relief, more than we'd like to, perhaps. When billions of dollars are funneled into NGOs(non-government organizations), after a disaster of this magnitude, beaurocracy and red tape hinder the money reaching people in need. As our friend, Silan, explained, groups like UNICEF and the Red Cross are great for the initial response, but over time it's the grass roots connections that make the difference.

Here's hoping we root a few grasses soon.

Second day impressions of Colombo:
We experienced our first monsoon rain this morning, which was sudden, brief, and refreshing. Kiran can't wait till they get stuck in a torrent and just have to get soaked.
Alex's father-in-law was right: coconuts bought and cracked open on the side of the road can really hit the spot.
It's still hot (not only for Alex).

Don't know if we'll be able to update the blog when we're in the east, but we'll be sure to as soon as we can.

It's good to know we're in your thoughts and prayers,

Kiran and Alex in Sri Lanka


At 4:27 AM, Blogger Peg Bader said...

Hi Kiran & Alex,

This journal is great - like we're on the trip with you, but without the "sweat"! Watch out for the polar bears!

You remain in our prayers.

Peg Bader

At 5:38 AM, Blogger Richard Young said...

Go with the flow, as they say. Maybe it's best to get over to Batticaloa right away. BBC forecast for Monday is "thundery showers" and higher humidity. You thought it was bad enough already, but the humdity in Colombo is about 75%, going up to 85% when the "thundery showers" hit. Your daytime temperatures, in case you didn't know, are around 91 degrees and at nighttime dip to 75. Not too bad, but somehow you feel it more when you can't get out of it as easily as here. Love these blogs, but will understand that when you're traveling to Batticaloa they won't be so frequent.

Luv to luv u

At 6:22 AM, Blogger KRISTEN TUEL said...

Hi Kiran and Alex
We love hearing from you. Stay safe ...and dry !!
Your in our prayers
Peace and Love Kristen and Randy Tuel

At 6:57 AM, Blogger JoshG said...

Cubs Win Cubs Win!!

At 8:24 AM, Blogger Sloane said...

It sounds like you're having a great time and doing some good work while your at it. (Or is perhaps better in reverse order?) Whatever the case, reading your journal reminds me of my time in Central America - without the coconuts, I'm afraid.

At any rate, I really am quite envious of your wonderful adventure. Do keep writing!

At 1:13 PM, Blogger estevan said...

Alex, the humidity sounds like southern Indiana, except we have air conditioning. What's the food like? Be sure to write about what new and interesting animals you encounter. Kiran, glad that you made it back to an old an familiar place.

At 3:49 PM, Blogger Mike Langford said...

Word up, dude and dudette. Thinking about you right ... now. Praying for you right ... now. In case you didn't hear, Wheaton gave me the thumbs down. I am talking to Covenant tonight. Here's hoping they feel covenantal.

God be with you.


At 3:47 AM, Blogger Peg said...

Alex and Kiran, I'm sad to hear that all of the red tape is preventing the money from getting where it needs to be in a timely fashion. We find that out each year when we go to work camp as well. I think we are so afraid of a few people abusing the system that we prevent those who honestly need it from benefiting from it. So much for human nature! We continue to pray for safety and wisdom as you travel from area to area. Have you had any interaction with the locals yet? God bless!
Keith, Peg and Mere

At 5:57 PM, Blogger Irene and Bob said...

Keeping you in our prayers and thoughts for a safe and fruitful adventure. It makes me sad to know that all the money given does not get to where it belongs. It's been great following your adventure with you.
God be with you.
Irene and Bob


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