Today was officially our final fitting day in Sri Lanka. However, due to the fact that some recipients could not get in to the scheduled fitting days we will be doing a few extra fittings over the coming days here in Galle & also when we return to Colombo. We ran out of larger cuffs for muscled up males today so we adapted the normal straps with the help of the Rehabilitation Army Personnel who kindly machined them for us out in the workshop.
Today we fitted at the Army Rehabilitation Centre about a half hour from the centre of the city of Galle in the south of Sri Lanka. There were many new stories shared & we will pass a few of the recipients stories on over the next few days. After fitting the Hands we were invited to lunch at the Commanding Office 58 Division at Bussa. A huge spread of very tasty dishes & cold beverages was on offer. Once again we extend our sincerely thanks for all that MG Susil Chandrapala has done to make this Hands On Project the success it is.
We always try to train the professional technicians in these centres on how to build a hand & also to dismantle a hand that may at some stage come in to be repaired. One man had travelled from Jaffna to receive his hand today & he also knows of another double amputee who may travel to Colombo to be fitted before we return home. I urge you all to google a map of Sri Lanka to see how far to is from Jaffna to Galle. To travel from one end of the country to the other is extraordinary.
This afternoon, the team took a trip to the Dutch Fort on the waterfront close to the city centre. This fort would have seen huge water levels during the 2004 tsunami but because of the construction methods & brilliant drainage system it still stands tall today to tell its tales. My guide told me that Vasco DaGama landed in the harbour at Galle in the early 1500s. After that they have been through what they call the Dutch & English periods but the city is now ably run by the Sri Lankan people. We enjoyed the sights around the fort before watching the sun set prior to dinner up on the roof top bar at the Rampant Hotel witnessing the lightning & hearing the thunder of another afternoon / evening storm.
Tomorrow we are taking a ride up the river in a boat. Then there will be time for a swim after visiting a waterfall tourist aattraction. We asked Tusha our guide if there are any crocodiles swimming in the locality because today a man was fitted with a hand after losing his hand in a crocodile attack. He told us there are no crocodiles where we will be swimming. 😊