Please Help Sponsor Trip To Sri Lanka
Organized by: Melissa Donofrio
Anyone who knows me, knows my life has been far from easy the past year. Since the new year, I have supported my Mother through lung cancer, lost my car, my job and my apartment from an unpredictable set of circumstances that came about. I have tried anything and everything to survive and make things better for myself. Strength and determination have taken on new meaning for me as I find myself forging ahead through the worst snowball effect I've experienced.
It may appear that I have been defeated by life and I have taken full responsibility for whatever part I've played in the unraveling of life as I knew it. Rather than look at this as a defeat, I've decided to see it as an opportunity. Life has not beaten me but rather has cleared itself and opened up an opportunity to follow a deeply held passion of mine, that is to travel to an intended destination that has been calling me for over 4 years. I am planning to use this opportunity to travel to Sri Lanka in the near-future.
For those of you who do not know my story, I will simply say, over these years, the pull I feel only gets stronger. So, I am taking a leap of faith and following my heart and passion, for the first time in my life. I am embracing this as a pilgrimage for myself, because I do feel there is something there that I need to find, or something that needs me. Let’s face it, none of us are getting any younger and at my age, I feel if a door opens, I cannot afford to overlook it. Unfortunately, due to the circumstances, I also cannot afford to fund it, which leads me to you.
Those who know me also know, asking for help, especially money, is likely to be one of the hardest challenges I face. It amazes me at times all I have survived, including raising my four children, to find myself in the position I'm in now. So perhaps while considering my cause, you can appreciate the difficulty from my need to ask for help, the personal struggle to put myself out there and actually ask, and then, understand just how strongly I feel about my choice to go to Sri Lanka, based only on the faith of following my heart and passion.
My plan is to stay for three months and get a real feel for the culture and lifestyle. Only then can I decide if I will move there permanently. I am fully prepared for the culture shock I will experience and am truthfully welcoming the change. I feel if nothing else, this trip will bring me the peace I need so desperately after so much struggle that has not worked out here. I welcome a chance to live a simpler life, material items and amenities have never been a priority for me. Unfortunately, money is money and it takes money to get there, as well as support myself for those three months.
The last thing I want or need is to have even more struggle while trying to find whatever it is I so desperately need while I'm there. I do plan to find employment, however, was advised by the Sri Lankan Consulate, here in Phoenix, to wait until I arrive. So you see my dilemma. I am torn between following my heart and passion and giving up and always feeling drawn and unsettled. I have decided life is too short and will not risk letting this opportunity pass me by. It truly is the perfect time and may be the only time. I have no financial obligations, my family is grown and successful of their own accord and thanks to a miracle of its own right, my Mother is now cancer-free!
While I am in Sri Lanka, my deepest desire is to work with the many children who have been left orphaned over the years and/or help the flood victims who have been left homeless by the recent devastation of flooding and landslides just last month, in May of 2016. I have lived a fortunate enough life, up to now, to survive and raise four beautiful, successful children from all I have received. We may not have had much but it was certainly enough to facilitate the successful, independent and caring adults they have become. I now would like to pay that forward and give my time and help, in the way of my service, to the people, and especially orphaned children, of Sri Lanka.
That is my cause, my reasoning and explanation for begrudgingly needing to ask for financial help. This really is not easy for me; I can assure you of that. I am convicted to make this happen and have faith that one way or another, it will. All I can do is ask for your help, it is your choice whether you give it. At the very least, I ask you to please pray I will find the help I need to follow my heart. Thank you.