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Amoria Bond Charitable Trust : Roofing Project in Sri Lanka

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Published on Jan 5, 2010

http://www.AmoriaBond.com Amoria Bond Charitable Trust is the contribution division of leading international recruitment agency, Amoria Bond.

This short slideshow represents a project that Amoria Bond Charitable Trust (ABCT) undertook in Southern Sri Lanka, providing a roof for a family who had lost their father in a painful and public death.

Here is the appeal email that Daniel, Gareth, Nick & the Amoria Bond Team acted upon and decided to solely sponsor the project:

Dear Dan, Nick, Gareth & all at Amoria Bond.
There is a pretty serious situation out here but my gut instinct is telling me to run this as a little project with your team at Amoria Bond.

Basically, a young 17 year old lad in the local village lost his father tragically in a slow, painful and public death, when he got trapped under a train whilst trying to board it on his way up to work.

The family are in a state of shock (naturally) with the youngest son not eating and barely communicating.

The eldest Son, Isuru, is now burdened with becoming the breadwinner for the family and has to provide for the mother, the two younger siblings and the grandparents.......a heavy burden to have to contend with at the same time as dealing with the grief and emotions that go with losing one's parent.

Something has touched me really deeply about this situation to the point that when we were discussing how we (Hugh, I and the staff at Satori) could potentially help at the meeting that I couldn't hold back my tears.

I think it bought up a lot of personal memories and the thoughts of what it must be like to lose a parent so sadly and so young.

Hugh & I are already supporting a number of children through monthly contributions to their private tuition and we're contributing to the local temple and having desks and chairs made. We're also going to help Isuru get through his final 6 months of study.

What is required though is for help to put a roof (literally) on the house that the father was midway through building.

If we can put a roof on the house, the family can do the rest and sort out the interior walls etc. At least they will be protected from the elements and be able to continue through their grief in their own space. They are currently living with their grandparents and the space isn't suitable.

We've had the locals get three independent builers quote for the job and all of them are within 10% of each other.

We're going to get the chief monk, Reverand Nandaloca, to oversee and administer the funds. He's the most respected pillar in the local community, with whom we have a very good relationship. This way not only do we not get involved in the local politics directly but we are 110% sure that all is dealt with honestly, truthfully and with total discretion.

What I'm proposing is that Amoria Bond are the UK partner in the project and you use this as an opportunity to empower your staff on the genuine benefits to experience contribution, and to raise the money.....not from your personal pocket, but from the pocket of the team....each person contributing their share.

At this end we will be able to get very real video, photos and any other footage that you want, that can be used to motivate, remind and inspire......along with very tangible 'before and after' shots, which your team will have the proud knowing that it was their creation that has provided for a real family in a seriously difficult challenge.

Please see the private video that only you have access to
http://www.youtube.com/watch_private?...

I was going to do a public appeal initially, but my gut is telling me to talk through this with you & the Amoria Bond team first.

Anyhow, please see the video and let me know your thoughts. I've got to move quite quickly as I come back on the 20th December and being Sri Lanka things can be pretty 'manyana', 'manyana'.

This is a good opportunity to delegate and empower our ideals of contribution ;-)

Thanks guys, I look forward to hearing from you.

Ben Brophy
http://www.SatoriExperience.com


THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED THIS PROJECT -
The appreciation and respect from the family and local community has been IMMENSE. Even though you haven't been there personally, each of you have made a very tangible and lasting difference to a whole family in grief but also to the perceptions of a whole community.

THANK YOU

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