Project 3236 - Repair of the wall beside the road
of the Benedictine community
of Ampitiya (Sri-Lanka)
The Sylvestrine community has been present in Sri Lanka since 1875 (Kandy). This was its first foundation outside Italy. The growing number of young Indians joining the community made a rapid development possible. The priory of Ampitiya was set up in the outskirts of Kandy in 1927 and became the mother-house of other flourishing communities in Sri Lanka. Statistics : the community comprises forty-four brothers, of whom seven are temporarily pofessed and two novices. The brothers cultivate rice. Their pastoral work consists in maintaining parishes and a retreat centre.
The road which leads to the monastery was hewn into the hillside forty years ago. The slope which borders it is about 46 metres long and 5 metres high. As a result of strong rainfall about 30 metres have collapsed. It is urgent to repair the parapet before the approach of the rainy season in order to secure the road freqently used by pilgrims and the retreatants who come to the monastery.
Sum requested: €6,000