Villages around the glenrock are home to mostly farmer families who are leading a simple life enjoying simple pleasures of life that money cannot buy such as unpolluted air, comfortable temperatures year around, natural spring water, fresh vegetables and natural work out through day to day activities. Children are a happy lot running around in the scenic fields without being glued to a gadget.
According to the saying “Happiness is the ultimate wealth” ( ‘Santhushtin paraman dhanan’ ) of Gautama Buddha, these humble villagers are among the wealthiest in the world as they enjoy free of charge what most others in the world get at a high cost using air purifiers, air conditioners, bottled water, organic farm produce, gym and iPhone or a game.
Low income from agricultural and lack of quality education however are two issues these villagers are faced. While unexpected bad weather conditions sometimes results in crop failures, the middleman always eats in to most of their profit when the crop is so good. Saving for retirement and emergencies, crop failure situations and providing growing children a protein rich food which is rather expensive especially in rural areas are therefore not possible for most of them.
Except for one, all buildings in the village school ( Ihala Galagama or Upper Rock Village) are in an unsafe condition and also beyond repair.
Therefore, many classes are held under trees. However, the wind and the rain have made these outdoor classes not a viable option.
Lack of proper income and lack of proper facilities for education are two things that make villagers think about leaving the village for the city looking for better income and better education for children.
the glenrock is slowly but steadily contributes to reduce the negative impact on these two areas so that the villager can stay in the happy village.
On the income front
the glenrock purchases farm fresh vegetables, fruits and rice from the village farmer and pays them at the city food store retail price. the glenrock always give priority to the immediate village or nearby villages when hiring which reflects in the employee composition ( over 75% of employees are from the local area). Also, local third party transport providers are given priority when guests requests transport from the hotel.
This enables the villager save money they otherwise have to spend on transport, city lodgings, clothes, food and various other bills and expenses associated with city living. Also, money earned are spent at village boutiques and on local public and private transport services. Also the time saved is used to generate more income through part time farming done. Such income possibilities keeping the father with the family saves a social cost too as a happy family setting generates happy kids and also hardly leave room for marital complications too.
On the education front
Many guests to the glenrock have volunteered to help the school. For example, students from Cottey College from the USA who stayed at the glenrock in March 2018, colour washed the school walls and gave some materials to the children during their visit through the funds they had raised.
Also many other guests have volunteered to help the school, the ancient cave temple and the village.
the glenrock has thus been the catalyst for the development of the village. A happy village would not put pressure on the country and the world as a whole, as self satisfied and self sustaining village will not put pressure on city accommodation needs, transport , highways, fossil fuel burning and in many such areas. Also, since Sri Lanka is burdened with heavy foreign debt , earnings through our valued foreign guests has an added value to Sri Lanka and her people in two main ways. Firstly, the glenrock villager does not add to the foreign debt and secondly and most importantly the glenrock contributes to pay off the foreign debts by providing foreign currency to the government.
the glenrock is positive that along with its growth, it can help keep the happy villager in the happy village by increasing incomes and improving the education facilities for children. Value additions such as organic farming, facilitation such as road developments, support such as eye clinics, eye glass donations, assistance to places of worship and individuals in hardship have been carried out by the glenrock and will continue to speed up the mentioned social change.
Being a guest at the glenrock alone contributes to the glenrock cause of making a happier village.
Going beyond the stay , the guest can contribute directly to the development of the village through
School building fund – Since the school is in need of a building to house the children , constructing a building with ten classrooms are being planned at a cost around US$ 20,000 (Rs. 25 million rupees). A guest who stayed at the glenrock is already working on it from his home country and we look forward to making it a reality in the future.
the glenrock is a concept that enriches all , the guest, the villager, the employee and the country.
For the investor who is a professional with wide exposure to the world, the glenrock is not a business, but a lifestyle that gives him spiritual enrichment.