During our second experience with AUKause, we traveled to a village that is located in the Southern region of Srilanka. There are many natural resources, such as forests and an abundance of land soil ideally suited for agriculture. The school is 3.5 km away from the Indian Ocean and was extremely affected by the Tsunami. The project is to develop a library in Kinishtha Vidyalaya School, and donate books for the existing library. The school has a library but it’s very basic, with only a few books; so we donated books and shoes to all 91 students.
The students are from a very poor background, and have come from all over Sri Lanka. They traveled south to be given a plot of land in which they could build a home. These houses are mostly made from mud. The main livelihoods of the villagers are cultivation and labor work. The families are mostly farmers and daily wage laborers. The village is under the poverty line, and the sanitation and livelihood are in low conditions. The people face problems in earning sufficient income due to the unavailability of basic tools and investments, to be able to start efficient and sustainable income-generating activities.