The provision of medical services in the area is very poor. HELP has been actively providing medical and other equipment to the local hospital in Thirrukovil, which services a large population of Ampara District. The hospital lacks any diagnostics and has very little in the way of medical equipment. We provided the hospital with its first ECG machine in addition to a number of other items that were specifically requested by the medical staff.
The only equipment in the hospital's ICU is an oxygen cylinder and a few basic drugs. We are delighted to have been able to deliver a Graseby 3400 Infusion Pump that was donated to us by Astra Zeneca. Dr Thiagarasah trained 4 nurses to operate it and we understand that a very sick 2 month old child has already benefited from its use. More generally, we have provided a much needed fax machine and a bed for the nurses on call overnight.
Our Trustees discussed the immediate needs of the hospital with one of the two resident doctors at the hospital during a visit in February 2007. A 'shopping list' of requirements was drawn up (see below), which HELP aims to raise funds to fulfil. The total cost is in the region of £5,000: Hospital Shopping List
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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 »
Senny, our accountant, recently completed the Tough Mudder charity run in London, raising around £2,000 for HELP.
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.
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.
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.