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New house for Hemachandra family
Buy a boat scheme boats delivered
KACPAW - DOG SHELTER
NURSERY IN MATARA
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Many of our fund raising projects are ongoing and we are busy raising funds for new projects in 2009/10
Summer 2010 update
The project below is going very well and I am pleased to report that the children now have new uniforms, school books and play equipment. Photos below. The children who needed counselling have had several sessions now and the counsellor is pleased with their progress.
Last year (2008) we were approached by a lady called Rupa on behalf of a voluntary organisation working in Sri Lanka who wanted funding for a tsunami affected school in a very poor area called Tangalle in the South of Sri Lanka. Several of the 150 school children had been identified with post traumatic stress which was not being addressed, most of these children come from very poor families such as fishermen and have no means to get extra help.
Due to ongoing financial commitments we were unable to assist them at that time but in August 2009 we made a visit to this school, met the children, teachers and representatives of the organisation called Wanasarana Thurulatha Swechcha Society (WTSS) (don't ask me to pronounce that!) who would oversea the project spending. We have agreed to financially support their rehabilitation project and our first cash installment will be sent out within the next month.
The school is called Deepankara Model Primary School in Tangalle and has about 150 children aged between 5 - 10 years old. We have pledged to provide cash to purchase additional school books and equipment. Fund counsellors for one day each week for a year, provide a healthy addition to the children's packed lunch such as milk or fruit, provide new school uniforms where necessary (the government provide one set per year).
We were very impressed with Mr. Piyathissa (WTSS) who is the project manager and will oversea the project, he is a retired teacher whose children are now grown up and you can see the passion he has to give these children a helping hand. The head teacher and teachers are equally excited to be given this opportunity and are very grateful to us for our promised help. Mr. P has promised to keep in touch with us and send us photos to share with us the improvements made.
KACPAW - Kandy Association for Community Protection through Animal Welfare. The dogs home based in Kandy.
Summer 2010 - update
The rescue centre has now closed but Champa is working hard with sponsoring projects. All the dogs that were in the shelter have been rehomed, in fact Champa took several home with her. She now is working with families who have taken on dogs and organising neutering projects. We are still going to work with her particularly with the neutering projects.
Champa Fernando works tirelessly to help sick, injured, homeless and disabled dogs throughout Sri Lanka. This is the second time we visited her (August 2009) and again we were very impressed by her work. She doesn't have have many dogs as before (about 80) but that is still a huge amount which needs caring for seven days a week. Thankfully she now receives more than enough rice and curry from a Temple and boy don't the dogs look good on it! It's the first time I have seen overweight Sri Lankan dogs! How lucky they are now although it seems odd to say that about a homeless dog being lucky!
Champa Fernando who runs KACPAW with Nicki and Jonathan with adorable puppies all looking for homes. Jonathan is holding the pup named Jonny after him and Champa is holding the newly named Nicki!
Things are about to change at KACPAW but for the better with another local charity joining together with KACPAW. Watch this space for more info. We have funded KACPAW with enough money to organise a neutering program in Matara area for 100 dogs. This should happen later in the year. Champa has also been working hard with UK based charities - you will know who you are if you are reading this and I would like to congratulate you on the fantastic work you have been doing. Three years ago there was terrible suffering to homeless dogs but we could see an incredible difference to the condition of these dogs and also a reduction in the amount of puppies. Keep up the good work all of you and lets work together to continue to reduce the endless suffering of homeless dogs in Sri Lanka.
Nicki and Champa with dogs of all shapes and sizes living at KACPAW
Images from the kennels
On the subject of dogs, we purchased a large amount of dried dog food one day and Gamini our driver spent the morning driving around Hikkaduwa feeding the homeless dogs. Sadly we were too ill to go (both managed to get the dreaded stomach and bowel upset!) We are waiting for his photos.
Two images of street dogs/puppies
The Turtle Hatchery - Kosgoda
Mr Chandri Abrew was not there on the day we visited this August. We were disappointed not to have seen him again but were happy to be shown around by his nephew. Mr Chandri was one of the first tsunami affected people we met when we visited Sri Lanka five months after the tsunami. His trauma still very present and his emotion still raw, in fact so raw he reduced us to tears. Mr Chandri makes a living looking after and preserving the lives of millions of turtles each year. His turtle conservation sanctuary relies on tourists - they pay a fee to look around his turtle pools and for another fee you have the rare opportunity of handling and releasing 3 day old baby turtles back to the sea. The tsunami devastated his sanctuary, restaurant and gift shop. Back then we donated funds to help him restart his business and now he wants to open a turtle hospital. We receive regular emails from him asking for more money but unfortunately we can not provide him with the funding he needs. However we purchased some items from his gift shop which we will sell on our charity stand, continue to promote him and gave him a small donation for his sanctuary.
The turtle tank full of one day old turtles, they will be released back into the sea on the third day.
Whatever you may think about his interruption with nature, his passion has helped to save thousands of turtles which would otherwise be eaten as eggs or devoured on their first entry back into the sea. At three days old they are a little stronger to be able to get away from its predators. Our hats go off to Mr Chandri. Now you can see his rebuilt storage tanks, hospital tanks, cafe, and gift shop. Please make a point of stopping off and saying hello it costs only a few rupees to meet this incredibly cute rare turtles and only a few more to buy a souvenir to remind you of a memorable experience. Go later on in the afternoon if you want to help release the turtles as they are released when the sun goes down to give them a better chance of survival. Look out for the pure white albino turtle - truly beautiful.
Nicki and Jonathan say hi!
The Hemachandra household
If you are a supporter of ours for a while the name Hemachandra will be familiar. Mr Hemachandra lost his wife, mother in law and home in the tsunami leaving him with the elderly and ill father and three young boys to look after. When we visited him two years after the tsunami the four of them were living in a wooden shed about the size of 10' by 12'! With the help of a generous donor we where able to provide this family with a new permanent home and in August this year we paid them a visit.
We were greeted with the three boys and Mr Hemachandra standing in a line in front of their smartly blue painted home with handful of leaves (name escapes me) but they mean good luck. Gosh how the boys had grown - lovely looking boys but all with sad brown eyes. They have experienced the worlds worse natural disaster but were saved by one of the palm trees still standing in their garden which they hung onto whilst the waters swirled past them. Mr. Hemachandra senior is now seriously ill and now living with another relative. We were shown with pride their new home which is now about 30' x 40' divided into four rooms -a living room and three bedrooms. The kitchen area still has no roof and is work in progress but funding has run out (building material has increased by a good 15%). The wooden shed they lived in for two years was still the kitchen and so primitive but it is what they are used to - cooking over an open fire. Everywhere was very clean but sparse. There are no wardrobes, what clothes they own are stored in a suitcase they each have. It was good to see them and we took lots of gifts for them - new clothes, school books, pencils etc. Messrs Hemachandra where given new sarongs and toiletries. We took the family out for a family feast - they were given the menu and told they could have what they wanted and again very modestly asked for rice! Lovely boys who will stay dear in my heart. One extra thing we did before leaving was to donate £30 for a pair of reading glasses for the middle aged boy. It would be nice to complete their kitchen. If anyone would like to donate £300 we can make sure this is done for them.
Jonathan with the Hemachandra family inside their new home. The photos in the back ground include their Mother and Grand Mother who died in the tsunami.
We are delighted to announce that the new medical centre with equipment has just been opened in Paramulla
We are very pleased to support Ms. Manel Anandan of WE CARE SRI LANKA with the equipment for the medical centre which has been built with the generosity of the:
DUBAI ROUND TABLE, HAWKER PACIFIC, DUBAI ST.GEORGES SOCIETY AND THE IMAGE WORKS. THE PERSON INSTRUMENTAL IN OBTAINING THE FUNDS IS ALAN ROOKE FROM DUBAI 41 CLUB.
The building has been beautifully designed and we are very proud to be part of this project. We are delighted to be able to assist with some of the other projects the Dubai 41 Club have supported in the past and hope we can continue to work together in the future. Our grateful thanks are sent to all who have made this project such a success.
The opening ceremony took place on 19th December 2008 and was attended by over 200 guests, many of which were patients. Mothers of very young children and pregnant women were sent home with a gift pack from us which contained a large mosquito net, soap and a baby starter gift box. Some of the items we provided were: waiting room chairs, reception desks and chairs, laptop computer, desk fan, examination table, lamp, two types of scales and kitchen equipment. The Doctor and nurses will be provided by the government and they have already started work there.
All the equipment has been provided by us
At the opening ceremony. 212 mothers received baby starter gift packs from us
Manel and the Doctor handing out the baby starter gift packs
Urubokka National School Playground - September 2008
We have been approached by Manel from Wecare Sri Lanka to help build a playground for infants at a primary school in Urubokka. Below are the photos of the completed playground and the equipment. To save money we asked the parents to collect sand from the local beach for the playground surface which they dually did.
The art teacher Chamali who has painted the dull walls which surround the playground with wonderful murals which she painted in her spare time for no charge. Here she is holding the plaque which recognises our sponsorship.
The play equipment being erected.
Doesn't it look great? It just needs the sand surface putting down and the children!
It has been particularly hard with fund raising. We have had to pay back the loan for the container costs which was a big chunk. Thankfully that has been done and we can now focus on our current projects. The weather has been dreadful this year here in the UK, so many of our planned events have been cancelled and then it was the foot and mouth outbreak which also affected our show schedule! We desperately need funds to help with the following:
We need funds to continue supporting charities based in Sri Lanka. We have just provided a ramp similar to the one above to help with the loading and unloading of animals. Before animals were forced to jump out of lorries often breaking their legs! Elephants need your help also. We all love these gentle giants. What do you do with an elephant when it is too old to work? They need our help to ensure their twilight years are happy times.
Dogs suffer greatly in Sri Lanka with mange. A simple injection cures this awful suffering and we help fund organisations in Sri Lanka who help these poor creatures. £25 buys 50 vaccinations!
We want to see more happy and healthy dogs like these ones. We are keen to help with Turtle conservation and funds raised will help towards this also.
We need you to support Sri Lanka and holiday there. It's called the pearl in the Indian ocean. It's a beautiful country - and an island like no other. You will not be disappointed. There are some excellent offers around at the moment so go on treat yourselves and help rebuild Sri Lanka's tourism/economy. See here for a link to a wonderful 10 minute film show of Sri Lanka.
Some of our past Projects
2007 - Aid container
In summer of 2006 we had an appeal running to send over school equipment including computers. We have to say a huge thank you to St Christopher Primary School and Kersley Grange Primary School in Coventry for donating their old tables, chairs, computers and printers. We also must thank everybody including BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Radio Station for promoting and donating to our appeal. On a cold and wet January morning we loaded over 500 boxes of aid bound for Sri Lanka's needy children and people. We sent over books, toys, clothes, bicycles, sewing machines, food, blankets, T.V.'s, telephones, radios as well as the computer items. Little did we know we were beginning a dreadful time in our charity's diary. To cut a long story very short. The appeal was done on the strength of a free container and shipping from a government run organisation based in Hampshire. Through very poor communication we were given just 48 hours to get our donations to Hampshire. It was an impossible task as our donations (500 boxes) were stored all over the midlands and it was logistically impossible to fulfil the request. They would not wait for us so the container left half empty!
We then had to raise the money to ship a container ourselves. We used a company who specialised in shipping to Sri Lanka - Protea (Europe) Ltd also trading as Global Trade 1Stop Ltd) who advised us about the shipping and charged us £1075 for a door to door delivery including taxes. Tragically we were conned out of this money with the shipping company abandoning the container at Southampton Docks. It is incredible to believe a company would steal from a charity!
We had to find another agent who would deal with the container and thanks to Aruna David of Regal Shipping helped us get the container to Sri Lanka. We must also say a huge thank you to him and also MOL shipping line for their assistance. Even more unbelievable was the Sri Lankan government who charged us £2000 to import aid!! They wanted to charge us more but our contacts in Sri Lanka were able to negotiate a cheaper charge! We feel very let down by the Sri Lankan Government and the Sri Lankan Prime Minister who also would not waive the tax. These circumstances mean we will not be sending over any more containers. On a good note I am happy to confirm that the aid has been delivered and distributed to needy people and even the homeless dog shelter in Kandy received blankets and towels.
Above are some of the 500 boxes of aid all labeled up and ready to go.
Boxes of computers being loaded as well as other items
It all fitted in just about! Photo on left is with Jonathan Frost (in container) and Nicki Farthing holding box (both Founders and Trustees). The man in the baseball cap is our local Mayor of Whitnash Mr. David Clough who came along to help us fill the container which took us 2 hours!
The above six photos are of the aid being distributed on the East Coast of Sri Lanka by Hon Mr. Hizbullah (yellow shirt and also our green charity t shirt on bottom right) The tables, chairs and computer equipment was donated by two schools in Coventry. We are still waiting for more photos which will come in due course. Mr. Hizbullah has opened up a small computer training centre with 11 of the donated computers.
2007 - Nursery equipment in Matara
We are so proud to share these pictures with you. Through a lot of hard work fund raising we were able to provide a rebuilt nursery with all its equipment. From tables to chairs, books and pens, climbing frames and slides and even teachers and toilets all provided by our charity. With the grateful help from Ms Manal Anandan of Wecare Sri Lanka we were able to help nursery aged children get back to their nursery which was destroyed by the tsunami waters. The nursery was opened in March this year and although we were unable to attend the official opening we were sent through these beautiful photos. Please Enjoy!
Aren't they just adorable? Don't they make you smile? The three ladies standing together have received training sponsorships from us to enable them to become Nursery Teachers at this nursery. Well done to everyone for their support. Do you want to help make a difference to more children? Please help us to do just that.
2006/7 - School sponsorship
We have helped school children with sponsorships to ensure they are fed well and have a good education. For £180 a year we can sponsor needy to children. Meet Sanuri she is 13 years old and is a victim of not only the tsunami but the civil war. Her father was abducted by the rebels a few years ago and the tsunami destroyed her home and all her and her mothers possessions. We have sponsored Sanuri and provided a sewing machine for her mother to help her get back to work.
Pictures taken May 2006 on our second aid visit
BUY A BOAT Lucy
Water tank Beruwela School
New house in Hikkaduwa
Turtle Hatchery Kosgoda
New house for Hemachandra family
House rebuilding program
The Hemachandra family. Tragically Mr. Hemachandra lost his wife the mother to his three sons and her mother, the sons grandmother in the Tsunami along with their house. Leaving Mr. Hemachandra to bring up the elderly disabled grandfather and his three sons alone. They currently live in a wooden shed about 10' square with all their belongings hanging up on the walls in bags to prevent the rats from eating them. We are helping with funding the rebuilding of their house and in the furnishing of the house once completed.
Read their story and see the pictures here.
School link program
We are in the process of linking School children in the Midlands with Sri Lankan school children. Also if your school is interested in linking with a Sri Lankan school please send us details, we can put you in touch with adoptsrilanka. . It is hoped you will provide sponsorship and support to these children.
Water tank delivered to Kaburugamuwa School near Matara.
750 litre tank arrives to provide fresh water for drinking, washing & flushing toilets at Kaburugamuwa school. Previously pupils had toilets with no water. 500 pupils were killed at this school by the tsunami.
750lt watertank proudly handed over on 27th September 2005. left to right Mrs. Manel Anandan , Mr Wazeer senior and the principal of Kaburugamuwa school.
Nicki & Jonathan with the water tank and some children of the school (May 2006)
What stories they can tell. You wouldn't believe such smiling faces have been through so much.
Buy a boat scheme boats delivered
September 2005 – Our first boats are delivered ! We have built 10 Sea Canoes. Constructed on site in Sri Lanka by Chandi Marine, photo shows Mr Wazeer senior on the right with Mrs Manel Anandan proudly handing over “Abracardabra” to the fishing village of Kaburugamuwa in the south of Sri Lanka on behalf of Support Sri Lanka Foundation on the 27th September 2005
See more pictures below.
Many people have lost not only their possessions, homes and loved ones, but also their source of income. We have a project to replace badly damaged fishing boats (Sea Canoes), restoring the trade of 135 families and have so far delivered 20 boats for the village of Kaburagamuwa in the south of Sri Lanka. All 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. Of the 31,000 people killed in the tsunami, 27,000 were members of fishing communities, according to official figures.
“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.”
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Lucy at handover 2005
Lucy now in use May 2006. We found her whilst looking for our donated boats. We were most excited to actually see the efforts of all our hard work. The pontoon is added on to give balance to the boat.
Handing over Best Wishes & Endevour II 5th December 2005
Handing over Aqua Princess and Compass Rose to fishing families in Weligama, Matara, Sri Lanka on the 11th of April 2006
HANDING OUT FOOD AND AID IN HIKKADUWA
Buying the fresh vegetables at local stores. The quality was excellent. Most of the production is organic. As well as vegetables spices, salt, tea, milk powder and sugar were added to the food bags.
Some of the food aid bags handed out. Some of the Toilet bags and Pencil cases handed out. Note the tent in the back ground. This family of five lived here.
The joy of a new teddy. A new dress, just look at her delight.
The children with Nicki and all their new toys after Nicki & Jonathans visit to hand out toys and school equipment. This refugee camp homed families how had lost either a mother, father or both parents.
Nicki meets a Tsunami survivor with her baby born 1 week afterwards.
Excited children wait their turn.
Will I have enough toys for them all?
Handing out much loved teddies to children recovering from their ordeals. Stopping outside poor areas and handing out tourist donated clothes.
The lull before the storm! Once news is out that we are delivering aid we get mobbed!
Happy families with their donations. Note the tin sheds they are forced to live in!
Child walking home with her bag of goodies
KACPAW - KANDY 2006
Nicki handing over funds to Dr Champa Fenandez . These funds enabled all the 100 resident dogs and one cat! to be fed and looked after for 20 days.
Our Grateful Thanks to WINALOT for their support in this fundraising.
Nicki with a year 3 class. The building has no glass just wire mesh in the window apertures.
Some of the aid waiting to be handed out. The children in immaculate white uniforms wait for the aid to be handed out.
A rare glimpse of Jonathan in front instead of behind the camera!
Nicki and Jonathan traveled to Matara on the 19th of May 2005 where they personally handed out 100 school uniforms, schoolbags, shoes and socks to children of Kaburupitiya Maha Vidyalaya School.
Support Sri Lanka Foundation paid to have this part of the beach cleared of rubbish and debris. This is the turtle conservation hatchery beach. Clearing the beach will enable the turtles to come ashore to lay their eggs unhindered by debris. We have also arranged for the shoreline will be replanted with palm trees to replace those destroyed by the Tsunami.
One day old turtles at the hatchery.
There are 5 species of sea turtle in Sri Lanka all are on the conservation list. Killing a sea turtle in Sri Lanka carries the death penalty. The adult turtles come ashore and lay their eggs each night. The hatchery staff collect the eggs and re-bury the eggs in a protected fenced area and mark them with a date sign. 45 days later they hatch and come out of the sand. They are then collected and placed in a hatchery tank. They stay there for 3 days to grow and strengthen up. After the 3 days they are released into the sea. There survival rate is massively improved.
For every 100 hatched on the beach only around 5 percent survive to adulthood, they are not strong enough at one day old to fend for themselves and just become part of the food chain.
Those hatched in the hatchery around 80 percent survive to adult hood. A huge success.
The hatchery collects turtle eggs and keeps them safe from predators. These 3-inch turtles are only two days old.
May 2006 Nicki releasing 3 day old turtles Jonathan with the owner outside the new into the sea shop and offices May 2006
Nicki handing over funds to rebuild family house near Hikkaduwa. Picture on right shows family with Nicki and Jonathan.
The land for one house costs approximately $2,000-$2,500 (USD), depending on the location. Nearly $4,000-$4,500 is needed to build the house. This cost depends upon the size of the land, the size of the proposed home, and the size of the family. The total cost of the land and the newly build home would be approximately $6,000-$6,500. The tsunami also swept away most of the household necessities of these families. Therefore, some money will need to go towards the purchase of kitchenware, furniture, clothes, books, and other needs of the families.
House building pictures 2005
House almost complete May 2006
We have arranged for the roof on Galle Childrens Home to be rebuilt as it was leaking inside and damaging the walls and interior. Now with our help it is dry inside providing better standards for the children..
© Support Sri Lanka Foundation 2005
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