A commitment to service in Sri Lanka
Rotaractors from District 3220 celebrate the full-moon holiday of Poya by volunteering at the nonprofit Prithipura Infants Home in Hendala, for children and young adults with disabilities. Photo by Nooranie Muthaliph
E very month, Rotaractors from District 3220 (Sri Lanka) celebrate the full-moon holiday of Poya by volunteering at the nonprofit Prithipura Infants Home in Hendala, for children and young adults with disabilities.
In Sri Lanka, Buddhists often observe Poya days with temple visits, fasting, and contemplation. Since 2008, the Rotaract clubs in Colombo have marked it at the Prithipura home.
Rotaractors such as Husna Rafeek, of the Rotaract Club of Colombo, and Lathika Kuruppu, of the Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid-City (both pictured above), spend time with the residents, talking, playing games, and sharing tea. They also work in the garden at Prithipura.
“Small things like this matter a lot in changing the lives of Rotaractors and the people in these institutions,” says Nooranie Muthaliph, a member of the Colombo club.
7,838Number of Rotaract
clubs worldwide as of
1968Year that the
first Rotaract club
in Sri Lanka
Rotaract Club of Colombo