Hospital Funding

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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Current projects

Educational and Vocational centre in Navkatadu

A local village, Navatkadu, has been recognized by the local authority as impoverished, with families living under the poverty line and children having difficulties without proper access to education. Read more »

Girls Home Sewing Centre - microfinance scheme

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 »

Amman Girls' Home

The Amman Girls Home in Akkaraipattu cares for 52 orphaned girls between the ages of 6 and 16. Read more »

Little Flowers School

HELP has funded free after-school classes in Tamil history, English, Science and Social Studies for the children of Thirikuvil, a village on the East Coast which was devastated by the tsunami. Read more »

Latest news

March 2018

The trustees agreed to fund an exciting new project in the village of Navtakadu. It involves the refurbishment of an old military barracks to provide the village with a pre- and post-school educational facility and a vocational centre for women looking to learn sewing and other skills.

February 2018

As in previous years, we were delighted to buy the girls in the Amman Mahaleer Home new clothes an school equipment for the year ahead. we also bougt new bed covers for them.

August 2017

Amy Anfilogoff and friends visited the Home and spent a wonderful day with the young girls.

April 2017

At the request of the Amman Mahaleer Orphanage, we provided funds to buy a new generator for the Home. In February, we provided funds for the girls to buy new clothes and school equipment.

June 2016

Following their visit to Sri Lanka last year to see our projects, two of our keenest supporters, Ros and Malcolm Nattrass, have kindly offered to open up their (stunning) gardens to friends and family to raise money for HELP. We'll post photos after the event and hope the weather is kind on the day...

March 2016

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have arranged to fund the bank accounts of 19 of the young girls at the Amman Mahaleer girls home to provide them with a start in life when they leave at the age of 18. The donors have agreed to provide Rps50,000 to each of the girls (c£250) over a period of up to three years. We have informed the Principal of the Home that we are keen to provide similar support to any new girls who join the home.

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