Katia Ben Yaacov – Israel

Ms. Katia Ben Yaacov from Israel volunteered at Horizon Academy – Panama operated by the Horizon Lanka Foundation in August 2019.

Wow! How to describe this experience? 6 days we lived the life of the village Panama, a backwater village that time stopped in many years ago…. and all these days we volunteered with the children of the area and passed them fun activities with experience to teach also a little basic. We lived in one of the residents, we ate rice with curry morning afternoon and evening (it was tough spicy and tasty! ) courtesy of the grandmother, the conditions were very basic and were not always easy (there is no hot water, full of bugs) but… the children… wow!!! so sweet and happy to take part in every activity, cooperate, try to understand the laws of the games, to hear a word there and always, always, smiling! Volunteering abroad is the thing!

These past few days were so intense and memorable. The time we spent volunteering at Horizon Academy – Panama village in Sri Lanka was a unique experience for us as a family. The kids we have met were so kind and always with a smile on their faces. Every day we planned for them a different activity and had a lot of fun. Was not always easy but these were definitely rewarding and incredible moments!

Thanks a lot, Nanda Wanninayaka from Horizon Lanka Foundation – you are doing a unique job and making an impact on this kids – and especially many, many thanks to Priyantha Pushpakumara and his family who hosted us at his home and took care of us during our stay! Say hello to our mother who cooked for us delicious (and spicy!) curry and to your cute son Nadila whom we miss already!

With the students from Horizon Academy – Panama, Sri Lanka

וואו איך לתאר את החוויה הזאת ? 6 ימים חיינו את חיי הכפר Panama, כפר נידח שהזמן עצר בו לפני הרבה מאוד שנים …. וכל הימים האלה התנדבנו עם ילדי האיזור והעברנו להם פעילויות כייפיות עם נסיון ללמד גם קצת אנגלית בסיסית מאוד. גרנו בבית אחד התושבים, אכלנו אורז עם קארי בוקר צהריים וערב (היה קשוח חריף וטעים !) באדיבות הסבתא, התנאים היו מאוד בסיסים ולא היה תמיד קל (אין מים חמים , מלא מלא חרקים) אבל … הילדים … וואו כל כך מתוקים ושמחים לקחת חלק בכל פעילות , משתפים פעולה , משתדלים להבין את חוקי המשחקים , לקלוט מילה פה מילה שם ותמיד תמיד מחייכים ! 
התנדבות בחו”ל זה ה-דבר ! 

With my daughter, Eden and son Yoav and the kids from Panama, Sri Lanka
With my daughter son Yoav and the kids from Panama, Sri Lanka
With my daughter, Eden and son Yoav and the kids from Panama, Sri Lanka
With my daughter, Eden and son Yoav and the kids from Panama, Sri Lanka