In early 2012 we were asked a simple question that led to a life-changing experience. Our friends at The Wedding Cafe and Eden In Love wanted to partner with 10th Letter Media to produce a video for entry into the National Retail Federation’s This Is Retail contest. What began as a fun project showcasing one of Divas Doing Good’s amazing give-back projects soon became a full fledged race to the finish, rallying for Eden In Love and 10LM supporters to vote, vote, vote! All of the support and votes paid off, and we are forever grateful to all of our friends, fans, and supporters who made Eden In Love’s first place win possible. (View the winning video here.)
With the winnings from the contest, Eden In Love pledged to take their do good efforts international. As they made plans to adopt a village in Sri Lanka, we were again blessed and honored when 10LM was asked to continue this journey with them and document the experience! In July 2012, Julian and the EIL team headed to Nallathanniya, Sri Lanka, a small impoverished village in much need of assistance. Over the course of a few days, the team discovered the beauty of Nallathanniya—not only in its breathtaking landscapes, but also in the smiles and hearts of each villager. Despite their dire circumstances, a spirit of hope permeated the village.
Eden In Love has committed to supporting this village so that Nallathanniya may one day become self-sustaining, healthy, and thriving. As business owners ourselves, we are so blessed to have had a firsthand lesson on giving back. This experience has opened our eyes to the power of giving back. We are forever inspired and so honored to be able to tell Nallathanniya’s story. And their smiles are forever in our hearts.
Here is their story.
To learn more about how you can help Nallathanniya, visit Divas Doing Good.
Can’t get enough of Nallathanniya? For an in-depth look at the whole journey—from the contest entry, to Nallathanniya’s story so far—visit our Sri Lanka channel.