How we help Sri Lanka
We are committed to "responsible tourism" and are very actively involved in a range of projects to help the people of Sri Lanka. We are unique in that we are personally involved in each of our projects.
Teaching in Sri Lanka
Our former British director and co-founder, Sue Gregory spent time teaching English at a variety of levels in different schools across Sri Lanka, from the 6 year olds in Grade 2 at Habarana to the A Level students at Tissa Central College in Kalutara.
Facilities at Tissa Central College, Kalutara
We have funded sanitation and other facilities at this school where there were previously none.
Schools in the Negombo area
We have provided English reading books to stimulate interest and learning for a number of school libraries in the Negombo area.
Our school projects for the future
We will provide English reading books to a variety of schools in the Negombo area because they have so few English books.
Building Tsunami Houses For 3 Families
Having travelled to Sri Lanka in August 2006, Sue was devastated to see so many Tsunami victims still being housed in tents, a year and a half after the Boxing Day Tsunami. On returning to the UK, she decided to write to all her friends and relatives explaining the situation. To her amazement she raised £4,000 to build some new houses. With the help of Peter and a local builder, The Unique Travel Co was able to build 3 houses for Tsunami victims.
Peter was very careful to verify all the records to make sure these were true Tsunami victims, and both Sue and Peter have since visited these 3 families to see how they are getting on. We also received a letter from the Divisional Secretariat thanking us for building the last house.
Click to read a Thank you letter for our work with the Tsunami victims.
Once a year Peter's family hold a feast day. Over the year, the family have saved money with which they buy staple goods and then distribute them to poor people in the neighbourhood. This has been a family tradition for many years now and last year, they were able to help over 120 people with rice, lentils, canned fish etc.
Work for villagers in the Giritale area
We commission a number of village women (who are unable to work as they have very young children to look after) to decorate recipe cards for us which we then offer for sale to our customers. The pay they receive can mean all the difference to their families. Any small profit that we make is then used to help the very poor children in the neighbourhood with shoes, books, and other things for school.