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Hello there! We hope everyone is having an amaaaazing February!!! This blog post is kind of a big deal for Sherard and I as it is our first YouTube video, of us talking, we have ever made. We felt very nervous and to be honest like a right couple of plebs doing it but, nevertheless, it had to be done and our video blogger virginities are officially banished!
So, getting to the point, what is the point of all this; the video, the blog, the constant Facebook and Instagram updates?? Namely, we just want to help. We realise that the only way to be heard now days is to be online and seek the magical, mysterious term of becoming VIRAL! But don’t think of us as loud, uppity people that need to be heard every second, of every hour, of every day, it isn’t our voices we want hearing – well technically.
We want to shout about all the injustice in the world and for people to stop and listen. We are starting with Sri Lanka because every journey needs a beginning, and what a paradise to begin with! There is another reason for Sri Lanka, it is the place that inspired us to do this blog, there is so much poverty here and yet it remains the island of smiling faces. For the most part (every place has their crooks) the people are generous, giving and so welcoming even if by western standards, they have nothing. I have never seen a nation of children care so much about their education, our friend Buddhi who is Sri Lankan, a mere 19 years of age, has just passed his Alevels. His joy and pride were unmeasurable, the certificate given was so carefully looked after, you could see the happiness he felt from achieving good grades! His sister speaks amazing English and stressed to me the importance of her studies. These children know that to have a future they must receive an education and cherish the idea rather than resent it as most UK kids do.
Sri Lanka doesn’t often hit news headlines apart from the devastating tsunami of 2004, which the country is still recovering from. We have many friends and spoken to many people who suffered great loss in the tsunami and whose lives had to change that day due to circumstances out of their control. We recently celebrated the 10th year anniversary of the tsunami but, did the world remember or understand the devastation and the impact it had across the island? Probably not, “As of March 1, 2005, estimates state that 36,603 people perished in the months following the tsunami. Another 800,000 people living on the coasts of Sri Lanka have been directly affected” (http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/HELGESTJ/). Compare this to the 2,996 (Wiki) people killed in 911 (we are in no way undermining the tragedy of the event), who are we to say one disaster deserves more attention than another.
If we are able to help one charity, receive one more donation than normal, we will count this venture as a success, we want to help as many people as possible and this is only limited to the number of people willing to listen. Will you open your ears to the suffering around you?
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