Sri Lanka Foundation
FAR THE MONEY RAISED HAS
RE ROOFED AN ORPHANAGE
FOR NEW HOME FOR HOMELESS VICTIMS
RESCUED DOGS IN A DOGS HOME (KACPAW)
MANY HOMELESS VICTIMS WITH FRESH FOOD AND PROVISIONS
SCHOLARSHIPS TO TSUNAMI AFFECTED CHILDREN
SMALL BUSINESSES BACK ON THEIR FEET BY BUYING EQUIPMENT TO START AGAIN
& RE PLANTED TREES TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
PROVIDED FRESH WATER TANK SYSTEMS TO TSUNAMI AFFECTED SCHOOLS
SUPPLIED CHILDREN AND THEIR TEACHERS WITH SCHOOL UNIFORMS AND SHOES
ALSO WITH THE HELP OF THE BRITISH PUBLIC WE HAVE:
OVER 4 CONTAINERS WITH BOXES OF AID CONTAINING:
CLOTHES, SHOES, BABY ITEMS, BLANKETS, BEDDING, KITCHEN WARE, FOOD, MEDICINES, SEWING MACHINES, COMPUTERS, BICYCLES
PROVIDED NURSERY EQUIPMENT INCLUDING CHAIRS, DESKS, CLIMBING FRAMES, SWINGS ETC
Visit Sri Lanka
Watching the events of the Boxing Day Tsunami unfold on Television shocked and saddened many people. The need to do more to help these people totally overwhelmed Nicki Farthing a professional Dog Groomer and her partner Jonathan Frost a Managing Director that they pledged to do whatever they could to provide assistance to the people of Sri Lanka. Support Sri Lanka Foundation has been set up with the desire to assist towards giving aid and helping to rebuild the livelihoods of the Sri Lankan people affected by the Tsunami.
It is now 5 years since that fateful day of 26th December 2004. Thousands of Sri Lanka’s tsunami survivors were made homeless. Most of these are poor local villagers who lack the resources to build homes and buy land. Tragically, the government has been very slow to rebuild homes for these destitute villagers. Since the tsunami, the Sri Lankan government has prohibited rebuilding homes within 100 meters of the coastline. Now, the only alternative for the families of poor fishermen who live along the coast is to buy land of their own or wait for land to be allocated.
Unfortunately, these poor fishermen do not have the resources for such a large purchase. The Tsunami not only washed away their homes and family members it washed away their only ways of earning a living. They simply do not have the initial resources to move on. Average earnings is £1.20 to £1.50 per day, barely enough to feed their family, it leaves nothing to start rebuilding their lives. We have to help these people. We know many of you donated towards the Disaster Appeal but these people now need more help. 500,000 people are homeless, 70,000 homes destroyed and over 50% of the registered fishing fleet being destroyed. Of the 31,000 people killed in the tsunami, 27,000 were members of fishing communities, according to official figures. Please help us to help them. Monies raised are not sent to other organisations, we oversea projects ourselves. This way you know your donation will reach the people who need it.
We are all volunteers and give our time for free. We have become very good friends and are all passionate about helping needy people. We are proud to introduce to you our team:
Above left photo was taken on our second humanitarian trip to Sri Lanka in May 2006. From the left is Mr. Wazeer senior, Ms Manel Anandan, Nicki Farthing (Founder and Trustee), Hon Mr. Hizbullah, Jonathan Frost (Trustee and Founder) and Mr. Inthikahb Wazeer. The Wazeer's do a lot of fact finding and distribution of our aid. Ms Manel and Hon Mr. Hizbullah both run charities in Sri Lanka aimed at helping unfortunate people. There is an important person missing from this picture and that is Graham Kettles (Srilankadirect.org), he has become a good friend and also works hard to make a difference. We could not do what we do without their assistance, such lovely people.
The photo shows a group of people who have been brought together through tragic circumstances and have all become one big family helping other families, orphans, and animals.
One of the past projects was to replace fishing boats.
We have replaced badly damaged fishing boats (Sea Canoes), restoring the trade of many families. A boat is shared amongst three families. All boats proudly bear the name of their sponsor.
Over a million fishing nets and 17,000 boats were completely destroyed in Sri Lanka by the tsunami, but aid for replacing them has been slow. It is encouraging to see the sea becoming full of donated fishing boats from all over the world. It has been hard for the fishermen, these are a few things they had to say after the tsunami.
“We have been forgotten by the rest of the world,” says fisherman Joseph Udayan, 34, who is desperate for a boat so he can get back to work to earn enough to build a new home.
Fisherman S Ratnaseelan, 42, says "the flood of foreign aid workers has vanished and it appears the we are off the radar of aid agencies."
“How many NGOs (non-governmental organisations) came here just after the tsunami? But today you don’t see them,” Ratnaseelan said at the refugee camp. Villagers say they can build their own homes, provided they can get back to work.
Placida Arulananthan, 24, who is studying to be a Catholic nun, says the "villagers simply want to go back to what they love the most and do the best - fishing. These people say they are not waiting for the government to build houses for them,” she added: “What they desperately need are boats.”
Suki is just one of the many fishing boats we have purchased with your help.
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