In the words of one member of an adopted community:
This project is very different from others. It is not just about giving money. It is better than that. It is about making friendships and meeting people who will come here. It is so important for the future of our remaining children and for the future of the whole village. We firmly promise that the help we are receiving will be used purposefully and for the long term. We are all truly grateful.Temple Priest, Palana West
The Durham Project is special because it is founded on humanitarian grounds; it brings together people of all ages in our communities here and in Sri Lanka; and it is indeed about much more than donating money. Funding is of course essential, yet all monies raised are channelled into initiatives that are backed up with personal associations, visits and careful monitoring. Our partnerships and various forms of support are designed to withstand the test of time. This is a project that has already made significant impact. In the long term it will provide exciting new opportunities for the reawakening and renewal of communities that endured the great tsunami tragedy and for those inland villages with significant humanitarian needs.
Project Sri Lanka
The Times Higher Education Supplement
June 23 2006, Edition 1,748