Millennium Elephant Foundation Mobile Vet Unit Education Maximus Museum English School On your visit · You can experience an elephant shower· Feed & wash the elephants· Take a ride around the elephant bath· Or spend as long as you like just watching themAll this at the cost of Rs.300 /= (including a guided tour) (US $2.61)
Very traditional society Gestures head bob Bowing forehead to floor for temple, monks and parents How women dress Old fashioned and misused words: frock, saloon, etc Caste system Servants- servants quarters, sleep on floor
About Us The Millennium Elephant Foundation is situated on a 15 acre estate known as Samaragiri, which has been home to the Samarasinghe family for many generations. The family has owned elephants since the 1960&apos;s and in 1979 Mr. Samarasinghe (1939 - 1991) opened the estate to the public as the &quot;Elephant Bath&quot;. Currently the MEF is home to 5 cow (female) elephants. The youngest, Pooja was the first captive elephant to be bred in Sri Lanka, born in 1984. It is estimated that the MEF grounds have a total holding capacity of 10-15 female elephants; of course consideration can be given to male elephants if necessary. In an effort to increase awareness and generate the funds needed for the maintenance and care of our elephants, the MEF actively welcomes visitors and encourages one to one interaction with them.
It is a Buddhist festival consisting of dances and richly-decorated elephants. There are fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandian dances and various other cultural dances. The elephants are usually adorned with lavish garments The dancers wear an elaborate costume including a headdress. The dancer&apos;s chest is only covered by a decorative beaded net. This costume is known as the Ves costume. The headdress incorporates a metallic front which makes the dancer look taller than he is. The complete costume also includes anklets that produce a metallic rattle each The head gear in the ves costume can only be worn by the males & can only be worn after a special ceremony called ves mangalaya in which the male dancer first wears the ves vostume
Capitol until early 1800s when Brits took power. Still religious capital, pilgrimage destination for Theravada Buddhists Terrorist attacks Significance to Buddhists Kandy Lake
Describe a Perahera
MEF Mobile Vet Unit Dr. Dangolla Surgery
Pinnawela orphanage is situated northwest of the town Kegalla, halfways between the present capitol Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. It was established 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife department. This 24 acres large elephant orphanage is a also breeding pace for elephants, twenty e 2003 65 elephants, The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was started in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife on a twenty five acre coconut property on the Maha Oya river at Rambukkana 08.00 The babies are fed on milk in the mornings and allowed to range freely on the 12 acres large grassland.10.00 Each morning and afternoon 14.00 the animals are walked 400 meters to the river Maha Oya for a two-hour bath. Large quantities of food are brought in daily. Jackfruit, coconut, kitul, tamarind and grass form the bulk of the food given to the elephants at Pinnawela. Each animal gets approximately 75 kg of green matter a day and in addition each gets 2kg of a food mixture containing maize, rice bran, powdered gingelly seed and minerals. They have access to water twice a day from the river Maha Oya that runs by the Orphanage.
Tuk tuks Yellow buses-stuffers Stopping to pray Pollution Music, decorations
93.5 % literacy rate Most I met were bilingual or tri lingual Uniforms My teaching experiences Opening ceremony “Teacher” Meals with the students “Tuition” Emphasis Parents work overseas to send Orphans 12 universities 28 technical colleges 10,191 schools: 235 run by Ministry of Education, The rest are by provincial councils, private schools, and monasteries (source: Lonely :Planet)
Long journey by tuk-tuk Road damaged by war (understatement) barley passable in some spots Cooler as ascended through tea terraced hills Stopped in a bakery for Nescafe in a Tamil town Breathtaking view all the way to Nuwara Eliya Arrived numb from the jarring in the tuk tuk Evening-had very hard baguette type bread, margarine and tea with milk Evening discussion: Young man from RSPCA was there. We talked to monk about condition of animals in SL. He said dogs in Thailand and Malaysia fat and healthy by comparison. He said the strays should be brought to monasteries. Asked monk about euthanasia. He said it will harm your karma. He had to make choice to kill intestinal parasites. Next day, breakfast: tea, lentils, rice and papaya. Cold and windy
Stilt fishermen only in world Galle fort built by Dutch. “Muslim Towne” Welligama
What’s NOT available: anything prepackaged. No fast food. Straw story Colombo Yucky lemon cookies or fruit Oil cake Yogurt but dodgy French pastries Nescafe Sri Lankan Coffee Restaurants: Club Concept, others in SL Rice, rice, rice Manioc No meat Lots of bottled water
In this undated handout photograph made available by rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, center, poses for a group photograph with Tamil rebels in Anuradhapura, about 210 kilometers (130 miles) northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo/Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, HO) #
Mine Action info center: Although an official figure is yet to be confirmed, a recent report suggests an estimated 900,000 mines have been laid in Jaffna and Killinochchi districts alone.
Transcript of "Sri Lanka Presentation"
“May you have a long life!”
Official Language: Sinhala
• Indian Ocean
• Max length 268 mi
• Max width of 139 mi
• 25,332 square mi
• Coastline -1,056 mi
• Off the S tip of India
• 547 miles N of equator
• Slightly larger than WV
• About 18 mi to S. India
• Capitol: Colombo
Population Sri Lanka:
725 people per sq mi.
76 people per sq mi.
Question: Why did Leslie go to Sri Lanka?
Pooja Lakshmi Somilya Alawarthea
Things I Did
• Taught English
• English Library
• Assisted elephant veterinarian
• Elephant museum
• A little sightseeing
The Village of Randenyia, Hiriwadunna,
Kegalle, Sri Lanka
September 10, 2009 Leslie Pirtle 9
Sri Lankans are:
Sri Lanka is:
• War torn
• Storm damaged
• Uniquely diverse &
• Worth our efforts to
Ways to Help
Millennium Elephant Foundation
Kegalle, Sri Lanka.
People in Need Foundation
No: 655/4 Elvitigala Mawatha,
Colombo 5, Sri Lanka
PO BOX 6009
MK1 9AL England
Direct Relief International
27 S. La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Phone: (805) 964-4767
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