Thank you for taking the time to look at our bid - this is an 'all or nothing' funding so if we don't reach our target we won't recieve your pledge.
As thanks for your pledge we would like to invite you to visit us and become part of the Panama Footprints Eco-Surf Camp, a project we are setting up comprising of a sustainable farm with cabanas and campsite for surfers and those seeking an off-grid life.
If you would like to see this project suceed and enjoy coming to stay in sunny Sri Lanka, please spread the word and make a pledge.
Our short-term goal is to build a toilet/shower block supplied with water, pumped by a solar power unit for our campsite & farm so we can open to the public and start our dream of opening an Eco Surf Camp and Community.
We have bought the site, sunk the tube well and built the first cabana, but we have run out of money at a vital stage and need a toilet and shower block before we can open and start our eco farm and business!
Our beautiful land is situated on the East coast of Sri lanka on the edge of the small village of Panama, between two Surf breaks and the Kumana National Park and bird sanctuary.
What we are trying to achieve
We want to create an organic space that does nt intrude on the natural landscape where surfers and nature lovers can come to stay.
Our long-term aim is to develop Footprints land as a sustainable farm to support the kitchen for the surfers, cabana guests and campers. We want a business that is ecologically sound and build a community to share the simple life with us!
We want to bring together a community of like-minded people who love to surf, wildlife and care about the environment.
Farm-grow rice, plant fruit trees and vegetables
Off grid lifestyle- using solar power & wind turbine
Build only using natural and recycled materials as far as possible.
Source local products and labour- reduced carbon footprint and supporting the local community
Teach our eco-building techniques and values to volunteers and the local population.
Environment clean up and recycling projects incl. teaching local women how to repurpose plastic for textiles used to make homeware and accessories.
We are a husband and wife with a young son, living and working to build the dream of a simple and sustainable life!
From Sri Lanka.
Musician, Surfer, Lifeguard, Tour guide and Surf Instructor.
In the early days I played guitar and sang in a band The Harlem Blackbirds before deciding I wanted to see the world - so I trained with the merchant navy, working as a fitter and crane driver and sailed the Seven Seas!
I settled back in Sri Lanka 2010 to live the surfers dream, and now want to share my passion for the waves and promote an ecological surf scene in sri lanka.
More recently I have been working as a surf instructor and as a tour guide with Soul Riders, a motorcycle tour company showing people around my beautiful country.
"Life's better in boardshorts!"
Anwen Menna Eleri Nicholas
From the United Kingdom
I studied Textiles at Glasgow School of Art, where I also started working in bars, restaurants and hotels to make some money as a student, a trend that continued as a struggling artist! In 2008 I qualified as an Art and Design Teacher, and have been teaching ever since.
I came to sri Lanka for the first time in 2007 and moved here 5 years ago after completely falling in love with the country.
Stanly, our son is our motivation, we want him to grow up in nature knowing the beauty of Sri Lanka.
Ranji- our fisherman and guardian.
(third from the left)
Ranji has fished and lived in Panama for twenty years. Akila met him on the beach while surfing and engaged him 3 years ago. He has maintained the site, and helped us to build up and prepare the land to start our project.
Saman, Akila, Ranji, Nalin, Sugath(Baby), Aruna and Sudda.
Our team of friends from other eco-projects have helped us build our first cabana using natural materials sourced locally.
Our first Cabana
First coconut planted and peanut crop
Sunset view across Kumana from the Cabana
Local attractions near our site
Kumana National Park and bird sanctuary.
Lahugala National Park- known for its elephant numbers.
Okanda Hindu Temple.
Kudumbigala Buddist Monastry
Surf Breaks- Panama Rights,Panama secret, Peanut Farm, Crocodile Rock, Elephant Rock, Okanda, Okanda baby, Arugam Bay Main and Baby points, Whiskey point, Lighthouse Point and Pottuvil Point
Archeaological Sites: Muhudu maha viharaya, Magul maha viharaya