The villages around the glenrock are home to mostly farming families who live a simple life enjoying the pleasures of life that money simply cannot buy – unpolluted air, comfortable temperatures all year round, fresh and pristine natural spring water, fresh vegetables and a natural work out offered by their daily duties.
Gautama Buddha preached ‘Santhushtin paraman dhanan’ (Happiness is the ultimate wealth) and that is clearly reflected in villager. They are amongst the wealthiest in the world as they enjoy what most people have to pay large amounts of money to get using air purifiers, air conditioners, bottled water, organic farm produce, gym memberships and so on…
There nevertheless, are shortcomings the village faces. Low income from agriculture and the lack of quality and essential education for children are two salient problems. While unexpected bad weather conditions sometimes results in crop failures, the years when a good harvest is collected the middleman always eats in to most of the farmer’s profit. Saving for retirement and for preparing for emergencies such as crop failures, and providing children with a protein rich diet (which is rather expensive especially in such rural areas) is not possible due to the lack of money the average farmer in the area earns.
Except for one, all buildings in the village school of Ihala Galagama or Upper Rock Village are either beyond repair or in an unsafe and unstable condition. As a result most classes are held outdoors under the shade of trees. Once again rains, winds, and the afternoon heat render outdoor classes unviable
As a result most classes are held outdoors under the shade of trees. Once again rains, winds, and the afternoon heat render outdoor classes nonviable.
The lack of a proper income and proper facilities for education are two things that prompt the villagers to consider leaving the village for the city to look for better income and better education for their children..