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 »
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...
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.
We should pay huge thanks to Jean Campbell and Helen Wiltshire, teachers at the King Edward VI grammar school in Chelmsford, for running the bric-a-brac stall at the school's annual Summer and Christmas fayres on behalf of HELP. Over the years, this has raised several hundred pounds for which we are very grateful.
Thanks to two very generous donations from Doreen Cooper (mother in law of our treasurer) and Dr Malcom and Ros Anfiligoff. we have been able to inform the girls Home to commence work on a small extension to the Home to provide a vocational training centre. The girls will use this for their computer studies and for their sewing centre lessons. The local village will also use it for teacher training.
Following a visit by Trustees. we arranged for electricity to be connected to the Amman pre-school and bought them some cabinets for the children's book and personal effects. We also agreed to pay for new clothes for all of the girls in the Amman Mahaleer girls home and to buy their school books.