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 »
With thanks to the Old Chelmsfordians Association (and to Brian Terry and Terry Charrington in particular), we have sent three kit bags of football and cricket kit for the use of the local teams in Pottuvil. We hope to have some photos soon of the locals in OC kit...
We have also sent some funds across to a boys Christian Tamil boys home in Thirrikuvil at the request of the Principal who we met in July. The funds will be used to provide food and clothing for 300 children over the christmas period.
A big thanks to Gaj Ragunathan for raising £3890 for HELP during the Wimbledon tennis period 2011. A great effort by all involved. This is our biggest one-off donation to date and will make a massive contribution to our future projects. Well done again. Next year lets hope Murray gets in the final too!
Claire Abery raised £238 for HELP at her 40th birthday party recently. We will be sending this money to buy equipment for some junior schools in Pottuvil.
And Peter Woodward, father of Will who came out to SL last year and who is returning later this month, is raising money for HELP by cycling 953 miles (!!) from John O'Groats to Lands End from 11to 19th June. If anyone wishes to donate, his just giving page is www.justgiving.com/Peter-Woodward2. Good luck Peter and thanks!