This warm, welcoming project in the bay of Unawatuna is a home for the elderly, disabled
women and a children's orphanage. Residents need nurses and volunteers to care for them. Activities might
include teaching English, sports, games, art and craft.
Description of Project
This project is a home for the elderly, disabled women and children's orphanage in Unawatuna.
The centre is a spacious complex overlooking the Bay of Unawatuna, two miles from the Dutch colonial
town of Galle. The area was badly affected by the tsunami but the survivors of Unawatuna, including local
businessmen, residents, tourists and humanitarian organisations have been working together to rebuild the
small town, guesthouses, homes and community buildings. This has been tremendously successful and there is
a dynamic buzz both to the project and to the rebirth of the town.
Unawatuna, set in a perfect sandy bay, was, for many years, a sleepy fishing village. Its relaxed pace
of life and tranquil beauty made it the perfect destination for young travellers. They were attracted to
the Ayurvedic lifestyle, the climate and the soporific pace of life. It became something of a haven for
young people and there are a number of small restaurants, bars and backpacker–style guesthouses.
The centre is a residential home for 102 elderly people, 30 disabled young women and 15 children. There
are four female nurses, a doctor and two assistants. The residents are reasonably well cared for but would
benefit enormously from volunteer input.