From across the sea, we felt your loss. As soon as we could, we came to help you rebuild. In our country, that is what we do and on that tragic day, the people of Minnesota became your neighbors. This learning Center and these 50 homes were built by the tireless efforts of the Minnesota Sri Lanka Friendship Foundation, the Government of Sri Lanka, the pennies of many children and the gift of many business leaders – only a few of whom are named here. In this place, may your families live in safe and peaceful and your children learn to build a future filled with hope” – Dan and Kay Shimek, Apple Valley Minnesota.