This past week was the first real week back to school, and the homework has kicked in! I didn't have the time to spend on the foundation the way I would have liked to but was still able to do some research on Sri Lanka.
I decided to do more in depth research for the locations we would be volunteering at in 2018 because it initially didn't look like an area that was seriously in need. We are somewhat limited to the countries and cities Hearts for Hearts can go to based on making sure there is an infrastructure in place to support us. We don't need much other than a place to stay, a driver and a coordinator to help us communicate with the volunteer locations. Without communicating with the locals ahead of traveling, we wouldn't know what supplies are needed and who needs them the most.
We have about seven or eight main locations that we are looking into in Sri Lanka that are possible options. When I research the locations on the internet, I am looking for areas that really need help and not just happy to have a visitor. I want to know that Hearts for Hearts is making a difference even if it is a small one.
On a different note, I was supposed to do a presentation to the Mission Viejo City Council about Hearts for Hearts last Wednesday but decided that probably wasn't the best night to do it. There were several baseball and softball teams in attendance since the RSM Little League team had just been eliminated from the Little League World Series. All the kids were excited to be there and to be acknowledged by the City Council.
I rescheduled to present to the City Council on September 26th, so it gives me even more time to prepare!