FFM Sri Lanka Pilgrimage (11 to 21 June 2016)

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Highlights include:
Experience some of the ancient Buddhist sites inscribed in the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE
• the sacred city of Anuradhapura
• the ancient city of Polonnaruwa
• the Dambulla Caves
• the Tooth Relic temple in Kandy
Visit to Jaffna/Nagadeepa – Located at the northern tip of Sri Lanka and inaccessible for decades because of the long-running civil conflict, this area which contains some newly unveiled Buddhist sites is now open to visitors. We will also visit some of the new settlements of war refugees to distribute dry rations and also see how they are trying to reconstruct their lives after the 30 years war.
Experience how Sri Lankans celebrate Poson Poya. (This Full Moon Day marks the arrival of Arahant Mahinda, the son of King Asoka, who brought Buddhism to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC). As part of the festivities, we will be organising a Dansala, an alms giving for 1000 people to spread the joy and goodwill of this special day.
Witness the Handover Ceremony of the water project at Horowpothana. This project supplies clean drinking water to an area of about 1000 villagers, many of whom are subjected to chronic kidney disease that is prevalent due to contaminated water.

FFM SRI LANKA PILGRIMAGE 2016 HUMANITARIAN OUTREACH

FFM_SRI_LANKA_PILGRIMAGE_2016_HUMANITARIAN_OUTREACHDRY RATIONS FOR 100 WAR WIDOWS WITH CHILDREN IN JAFFNA
6 years after the civil conflict in Sri Lanka ended, many in the war-torn Jaffna province are still struggling to rebuild their lives. Life is especially difficult for the 90,000 widows struggling to earn enough to feed themselves and their children. To spread a little joy, we will be distributing 100 packs of dry rations to these families on our visits to the settlements in the North.

Each $25 bag gives a poor family:

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• 10 kilos of rice
• 1 kilo of dhal
• 1 kilo of sugar
• 1 kilo of flour
• 500 gm of salt
• 500 gm soya meat
• 2 cans of tuna
• Bag of tea
• toiletries and washing detergents

 

DANA ON POSON POYA (FULL MOON DAY)

This Full Moon Day is as important as Vesak in Sri Lanka. It marks the arrival of Arahant Mahinda, the son of King Asoka, who brought Buddhism to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC. Across the island, Dansala or an alms giving are organised by individuals and businesses to celebrate this special occasion. We will join the locals and offer alms (rice and curry) for 1000 people.

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Help us to give a little joy and good will on this pilgrimage
We welcome you to share in the merits of our efforts.
Any amount is welcome!

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