Farewell to a good friend and an angel of a man.
We are heart-broken with news of a tragic accident yesterday, which instantly killed Bandu, our dearest Sri Lankan friend, an angel of a man, tuk tuk driver and overall problem solver in our daily lives in Sri Lanka. His tuk tuk was hit by a fast-moving train when there was no attendant at the train track crossing during a heavy rainstorm.
Those of you who read the blog fairly regularly will know who Bandu is. For those who have not read that post yet, you can find it here: Bandu the game changer.
Bandu was the kindest, sweetest, nicest man we met in Sri Lanka and it is hard for us to come to terms with his sudden, tragic death. He was such a GOOD person and they were such a loving happy couple. Just 2 days ago he and his family were at our house sharing their dinner with us.
Bandu was the bread winner for his family and he leaves behind Nilu, his wife, and their two young sons, Dimalsha (7) and Isuru (16). We are so very sad and we would like to help them in this time of great distress as they move forward in their lives without their father and husband.
Bandu was the type of dad who drove his teenager to his exams and then sat outside in his tuk tuk waiting for his kid to finish so he could find out how it went and take him back home. The younger son, is a chess champion at school. Bandu was so proud of both his boys and clearly they loved and respected him as a dad.
Bandu was the type of husband who helped Nilu in the kitchen. He would go and buy the coconuts and other things she needed, bring them back, crack open the coconut and get it all ready to be made into coconut milk. Then he would go to where Nilu was working and see what else she needed help with. The two of them would be happily chopping and cooking in our little kitchen, together. They clearly had a great relationship and really liked each other. Nilu would often tell me how good a husband Bandu was. And she didn’t need to… we could see it.
We will be setting up a fixed rate savings account which can hopefully generate monthly income for Bandu’s wife Nilu, going forward. Interest rates in Sri Lanka are about 10% per year, so in order to generate $200 per month income, the minimum that she will need to keep afloat, we ask anyone / everyone’s help in building up a deposit amount. Any contribution would be enormously helpful to Bandu’s family.
It will take a couple of weeks to set up this account, but in the meantime, if any of you wish to/ or can help Bandu’s wife Nilu, and their sons, please send contributions to this paypal account (firstname.lastname@example.org). And please email Peta (email@example.com) as well with your name and the amount you have contributed and the country you live in.
ANY funds you can contribute will be enormously appreciated by the family. Nothing will replace Bandu of course, but if we can help alleviate the daily survival challenge his wife and family now face, it will be SOMETHING.
Peta & Ben