One or more members of a large number of Sri Lankan families work abroad (they call it ‘working in the foreign’) either in the Middle East or the Far East (Japan and South Korea). The average income in Sri Lanka is not sufficient to survive for many Sri Lankans, so a supplement of income, earned abroad is a necessity for those families. The money is usually used to finance weddings, buying land and building a house for daughters or sisters being in a marriageable age. It is not common in Sri Lanka to take a mortgage for a house. It is not exceptional that family members stay abroad for more than a decade, which may disrupt family life severely, especially when the mother, a key figure within the Sri Lankan family life, has been abroad for a long time.