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The Glenrock

The Glenrock

The Glenrock

Happy Village

Happy Village

By staying at the glenrock, the guest contributes to the Happy Village; as a percentage of income earned by the hotel goes and has already gone on to make significant contributions toward the Happy Village. Some guests go the extra mile in directly assisting the village in meeting specific needs with contributions made through the hotel.

Village Contribution

the glenrock village, unlike most other localities, does not add a burden to the national economy that is already laden with heavy foreign debt, but more importantly, helps the country pay off the foreign debt by channeling foreign currency to the national economy by converting natural strengths of the village to dollars through the glenrock.

Village Contribution

glenrock has been contributing to the above cause through the following measures.

Challenges

The above contributions have been made by glenrock despite operating with monetary losses so far. The remote location and the operational model (such as not allowing party revelers, noisy day-out guests, making the restaurant and the bar exclusive for the in-house guests, etc.) have thus thrown many a financial and logistical challenge. Since too many guests could disturb the villagers’ peaceful lifestyle and also could affect the nature lover guest’s value expectation of a peaceful holiday, the hotel has purposely limited itself to only ten rooms. The hotel has not so far even reached the breakeven point as a business venture as increasing occupancy levels is harder compared to a conventional hotel due to the above-said self-imposed limitations. However, glenrock is challenging this challenge without compromising the values on which it is founded, operated, and promoted. The hotel would do its best to disprove the saying ‘ Road to hell is paved with good intentions’. Upon anticipated reaching the profit levels in the next few years, glenrock, the unique social enterprise model would implement the above measures to sustain the happy village, by funding them as follows.

Ulugalathenna, the village around the glenrock is home to mostly farming families who are showered with the simple luxury of unpolluted air, comfortable temperatures, pure water, and fresh farm produce. With no rent, mortgage, lease, or high utility bill payments in the equation, and with a Buddhist-influenced simple middle-path lifestyle, money-making pressure to meet the demands of a materialistic lifestyle is minimal for them. If the words ‘Santhushtin paraman dhanan’ (Happiness is the ultimate wealth) of Gautama Buddha is the yardstick, they are among the wealthiest in the world.

Consolidating

Nevertheless, the glenrock, through the villagers have identified that there is a want for sustainable development in the Happy Village so that the blissful life of the glenrock villager would continue. Among them;

The following measures would help improve the above-mentioned areas

The following measures would help improve the above-mentioned areas

This, however, does not mean that those who have extraordinary skills that need exposure outside the village (eg. University education, foreign opportunities) or desire to pursue a life outside the village are discouraged. The plan is to mainly remove factors that push people out of the village while adding pulling factors to the village life.

the glenrock has thus been a catalyst for the development of the village. A happy village would not put pressure on the country and the world as a whole, as a self-satisfied and self-sustaining village will not put pressure on city accommodation needs, transport, highways, fossil fuel burning, and many such areas. Moreover, since Sri Lanka is burdened with heavy foreign debt, earnings through our valued foreign guests have 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 paying off the foreign debts by providing foreign currency to the government. glenrock is positive that along with its growth, it can help keep villagers in happy villages by increasing their income and improving the education facilities for children. Value additions such as facilitations on road developments, facilitation in other activities such as eye clinics, eyeglass donations, assistance in upkeeping places of worship, and providing aid to specific individuals in hardship have been carried out by the glenrock. The hotel will always be at the forefront and will continue to speed up the mentioned social change.

Enrich All

The guest is the key contributor to the change they contribute toward through the glenrock. From beaches to the mountains and wildlife, from culture and wellness within shorter travel, Sri Lanka is probably the greatest value package no other country can offer to the world traveler. glenrock promotes a tourism model for such small wonders, where give value and get value is even for all; the guest, the people, the country, and the ownership. For the owner who is a village-born Sri Lankan Canadian professional, the glenrock is a homegrown economic model envisioned and enlivened through ‘Happy Village’, the proof of the bigger concept for his land of birth, ‘janmabhoomi’.

Happy Village program in The Glenrock Luxury Nature Resort, Belihuloya, Sri Lanka

Eggs, Children and Our Guests

Mainstay in our Sri Lankan traditional meal has been carbohydrates (starchy and sugary food) as we used to be highly physically active in the past. With physical activities becoming less even among children, our usual carbohydrate intake poses a serious threat to health and well-being as unburnt carbohydrates (due to fewer physical activities) cause overweight, obesity, and diabetes.

At the same time, while nobody dies in starvation in Sri Lanka( due to the abundance of carb-rich food), lack of protein in the diet slowly bleeds the nation as it has unleashed a dangerous domino effect it has a direct impact on intelligence, memory power, physical growth, physical strength, mental health, and immunity.

However, protein-rich food such as meat, fish, legumes, and eggs are a luxury as they are out of the buying power of the majority. In addressing this situation at the village level, glenrock through its Janmabhoomi Foundation has launched a program called ‘ProViM CARE’ (Protein, Vitamins, Minerals). As part of it, we have reared and distributed village chicken breeds among the willing staff and also the villagers. Old Sri Lankan households used to raise village chickens and therefore it has our traditional roots also children have found new pets through this project too.

Even the glenrock rears chicken (village breed) at the resort site. We strive to provide our valued guests, our staff, and the villagers such better nutritious eggs, through this program, while being environmentally friendly.

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