Prior to that, in November, 112 religious leaders in the Trincomalee district—both youth and elders—rehabilitated a local government hospital over the course of four days (photo above left). It was the first time a group had organized this kind of volunteer effort at the hospital. The presence of the interfaith teams made a significant impression on patients, visitors, and hospital staff. The religious leaders cleaned wards; erected new partitions; brought toys, mosquito nets and other supplies; and conducted blessings—together—of some patients. As the psychological and emotional scars of war continue to linger, these public acts of interfaith service build new connections across ethnic and religious divides. They help mitigate inter-ethnic violence in the future and lay groundwork for ongoing reconciliation efforts.