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The many perks of having Aaron and Sheena in Sri Lanka


I can’t tell you how wonderful it has been to have two amazing volunteers working by my side for the past couple weeks. Aaron and Sheena came to Sri Lanka exactly two weeks ago, and hit the ground running since the minute they got here.

It’s been great to have people here on a couple different levels. Organizationally, Emerge is getting stronger and stronger every day because of dedicated people like these two. They bring a critical eye to the work we are doing here in Sri Lanka, and are incredibly motivated to expand and improve our programs. Having people in the apartment to run ideas by, brainstorm with, and discuss next steps has not only helped me to be more productive, but has also led to the formation of ideas I never would have come up with on my own.


On a more personal level, I have enjoyed having other Emergers here in Sri Lanka to socialize and have fun with. Instead of waking up by myself in the apartment, I am discussing favorite movies or music over breakfast! And I have to add that Aaron is a fabulous cook. He and Sheena have truly spoiled me with how much they have pitched in, from helping with shopping and errands to cooking dinner. I don’t know what I’m going to do when they leave!

The passion and dedication that Aaron and Sheena have brought to the island is infectious, and I’m so lucky they’re here.


Until next time, Ellen

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