Project Updates

Sewing Centre - Amman Mahaleer Girls Home

HELP has continue its support of the Amman Mahaleer Girls Home over the past three months, following a visit by our Trustees and volunteers in July.  We have now firmly established a sewing centre in the Home which provides free lessons in dress making etc on a weekly basis for local mothers in the village and for the eldest girls in the Home.  We habe bought 6 Singer treddle sewing machines for the Home, pay the costs of the teachers and provide the cloth that is required.  This women sell the clothes they make which provides them with a small income, but more importantly they learn a skill which offers them the opportunity to work in local textile shops.  We hope to be able to expand this scheme over the next year.  The sewing machines cost £100 and we provide a bursary of Rps 10,000 (c70 per month) for the salaries of the teachers and the purchaseof the cloth.

Thanks to Peter Woodward's fantastic fund raising exlploits on his cycle journey (total raised £2,800!!), we have had further extensive work undertaken on the Home.  A water tank has been moved to make it usable (the girls now have running waterfor showers and toilets) and the bedrooms in the upstairs floor of the Home have had ceilings put in - the girls were previously sleeping under a roof but with gaping holes for birds to enter.   Needless to say, the girls and staff were very grateful for this.

We are planning to set up our own micro finance scheme in the village of Thirrikuvil under the guidance of Mr Gunapalan, the Principal of the Little Flowers school. The sheme will provide small, very low interest loans to the most needy single mothers in the village to provide them with a livelihood.  We hope to have this up and running in 2012.  Mr Gunaplan is currently working on the various permissions that are required.  We will keep you posted...  And Little Flowers itself continues to prosper.


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Helping East Lanka Progress (HELP) is a UK registered charity that was set up by Dr Vip Thiagarasah in August 2005 to relieve the suffering of victims affected by the devastating tsunami of December 2004 on the East Coast of Sri Lanka.

The aim of HELP is to provide assistance to the families, and specifically the children, in the Ampara district of Eastern Sri Lanka who have suffered as a result of the tsunami. HELP operates on the simple principle that all funds raised will be spent on the projects identified by the Trustees.

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Current projects

Girls Home Sewing Centre

In 2010, HELP acquired 5 Singer sewing machines for the Amman Mahaleer girls home and paid for teachers to provide training in dress making and sewing for the older girls and single mothers in the village. Read more »

Prior to a visit in July 2009, HELP had been informed of the plight of a children’s safe house in Ampara and was asked if we would be prepared to support it. Read more »

Working with our colleagues in Komari, HELP has set up a community-based garden project in the village. Read more »

The Swami Vipulananda Children's Home in Akkraiapattu provides a safe haven to 30 boys orphaned by the tsunami and/or the civil war. Read more »

Achievements to date

HELP has been actively providing medical and other equipment to the local hospital in Thirrukovil, which services a large population of Ampara District.
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Following a very generous donation from YEAR 7 of The Latymer School (Edmonton UK), HELP has funded the building of two children's playgrounds in Komari. Read more »

Latest news

April 2014

Senny, our accountant, recently completed the Tough Mudder charity run in London, raising around £2,000 for HELP.

November 2013

HELP has transferred Rps 600,000 to the Amman Mahaleer girls home to set up a second micro-finance scheme to provide sewing machines for 20 girls and local single mothers. This is the second scheme we have financed. The loans attract interest of 1% per month. to date, all loans made are fully performing. This is a transformative scheme for the girls and women.

August 2013

Our Treasurer, Alan Ball and his son, Elliot, visited SL for two weeks in August with four friends (Ana, Sophie, Olivia and Abby) to take stock of the current projects. A newsletter summarising the trip has been sent to our donors and friends and has been posted to the website.

June 2013

We have had some additional cricket and football kit donated by the Old Chelmsfordians Association (this was delivered during the trip in August). The cricket kit belonged to Chris Eve, a lifetime cricket fan who would be delighted to see it being put to great use.

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