The eco-blankets and foldable beds were shipped from Taiwan and China respectively and arrived Sri Lanka July 5 and 7, 2016. The volunteers from Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia flew to Sri Lanka and together with local volunteers headed to Aranayaka Division playground for the distribution 2,000 blankets and 1,300 foldable beds, benefitting 810 families last July 16, 2016. The survivors happily received the foldable beds and eco-blankets and went home with a heart full of gratitude and smile on their face.
The third compartment is a lounge with a sofa-cum-bed. It also has a foldable bed with a wardrobe and a TV. The last section of the Presidential Line bus houses the pantry and the washroom. The pantry can be customised with a variety to equipment right from micro-ovens, fridges, espresso machines to ice-cream dispensers. The washroom is fully furnished and has a chemical toilet which has very low maintenance.
Kegalle District, Aranayaka Division faced a serious and destructive landslide. More than 800 households were displaced after the disaster. By the end of May 2016, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation started to assessment of the damages caused. Tzu Chi’s principle in relief distribution is direct, prioritized, with respect and pragmatic. After learning that food supply and hygiene issues are not a problem, Tzu Chi started to assess on what other materials or aid would the survivors need in order to give them a better living condition, thus the foundation decided to do a relief distribution of eco-blankets and Jing Si foldable beds to those who were still unable to return home.
In 2007 I made the investment and bought a T3 Syncro –the Van or at least a good base to build the van of my dreams. It used to be an old, empty military transporter van with plastic seats but with little rust and low milage. I paid 5400 Euro – which was a lot for such an old van 8 years ago, but nothing compared to the prices that are asked for very basic Syncro vans today. It seemed like a solid base to start a long conversion process. First I stripped the interior down to the metal and cleaned everything. I applied sound deadening matts everywhere and insulated the full body. The rear got a foldable bed and some storage underneath for the second battery, electronics, sound and the Webasto diesel heater. I made new wooden sides and roof panels and covered them with real alcantara fabric. On Ebay I found some used pilot seats and a good Alpine radio. Later I invested into some larger offroad wheels.