RYS Youth Restore Sri Lankan Hospital
UPF: Fifty participants with a Religious Youth Service project renovated part of a Sri Lankan hospital from Dec. 6 to 12, 2014.
Working with local villagers and health care professionals, the RYS participants went to work on the Preliminary Care Unit of the Kapugala Central Dispensary, replacing a ceiling that was in danger of collapsing and restoring a washroom. Kapugala is part of the town of Balangoda, which is located in Ratnapura District of the southern Sabaragamuwa Province.
Before the RYS project began, the Kapugala hospital was in such poor condition that employees were afraid to go to work. Now the dispensary once again is serving thousands of people living in the region.
RYS, a project of Universal Peace Federation, has been conducting service projects in Sri Lanka since 1996. The 2014 service project, titled “Youth for a Peaceful and a Healthy Nation,” was conducted in partnership with the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council, the Tharunyata Hetak youth organization and the National Lotteries Board. The participants included young people from Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim and Christian backgrounds.
Every day of the weeklong project started with prayer and meditation, led by a representative of a different faith every day. Every day came to an end with a cultural program, which was conducted by a different culture every evening.
On the first day after arriving at Balangoda, the participants received an orientation from Dr. Robert S. Kittel, UPF-Asia’s education director, who also gave inspiring educational presentations throughout the week, including the universal principles formulated by UPF Founder Dr. Sun Myung Moon. Read More