Five differently-abled Girl Guides of Sri Lanka participated in the 24th International Agooneree Camp in South Korea, which was held from June 5 – 8 this year. This was the first time that differently abled Guides took part in an international event.
Nilanthi Ekanayake, Tarika Ruwanmali and Nadira Jayasen a from Chitra Lane School for the Special Child, together with Marie Almeida and Rosita Rankothge from Dayamina were accompanied by their respective Guiders, Mrs. Amila Nishani and Sister Ira Ellen Niluka. Thanks to the financial support from the Differently Abled Branch of the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association and local firms, these special guides were able to enjoy this wonderful
When they were interviewed, the girls smilingly recalled the many activities they took part in, including horse riding, scarf dyeing, biking and paint-ball-shooting. Marie particularly recounted their sightseeing excursions to theaters, magic shows and zoos, while Nilanthi described the
traditional Sri Lankan
village dance the five of them performed for their new friends. Sri Lankan Airlines and the Sri Lankan embassies in Singapore and South Korea provided immeasurable hospitality and help with the travel.
"I hope everyone gets a chance like this," said Nadira while Sister Ira advised us all to "do something to make others happy, in the end it will be worth the trouble."