We did, however, have one scary event yesterday. While working at the school in the afternoon we heard howling that sounded like either a large bird, or a monkey, or possibly a person (you never can tell sometimes). We joked about what it could be, then kept working. The howling continued. We decided it might be someone celebrating Sri Lankan New Years, we had a laugh, then kept working. My sister noticed that we hadn't seen our mother in a while. We listened again. Could that be her?! A neighbour next to the school started calling to us. Just then one of our local workers came running from behind the school and immediately we knew something was wrong. Kal and Suresh (workers who have been with us for years) took off towards the trouble, followed by everyone else working at the school. We reached the outhouse to find my mother, Hilary, locked in! She had been on her hands and knees calling under a hole in the door for help for 5 minutes! Someone kicked in the door and she was saved from a rather uncomfortable disaster! We laughed for the rest of the day over it, imitating her 'distress' call, but we were also pretty touched by how quickly the locals sprang into action, and how genuinely concerned they were.
So things are running somewhat smoothly so far and tomorrow will be another long day before we break for the weekend to participate in a local Sports Day on Saturday and to let our bodies repair from all the heavy lifting on Sunday!
DWC ParticipantSri Lanka, April 2012