After standing for 80 years in the wet and humid climate of Matara in southern Sri Lanka, the Matara Home was in need of major renovation work – replacing large parts of the roof and undertaking painting and repair work throughout the downstairs areas. New Day was delighted to be able to reach into the kitty of funds collected for this purpose during the 2015 New Day Lantau Challenge and be able to fund these works with a US$35,000 grant.
After months of careful planning and consulting with a number of architects and contractors as well as numerous planning calls with Chris at New Day, work finally began at the beginning of March. Despite the disruption, the girls and staff are excited about these much needed renovation works and very grateful for the support New Day has provided.
Here are some photos of the construction along with mural paintings the girls have completed in their spare time while they are not allowed to be indoors due to the construction work. We are all excited to see the finished product in the next few months!