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.
The first playground was a temporary, but badly needed structure, at the rear of the school in Komari. After the tsunami hit, the children of the village had no play facilities until the swings, roundabout and climbing frame funded by Latymer was constructed. The Trustees visited the site in July 2005 and were delighted to see the children make full use of the new structures during their breaks. It was a welcome sight amidst the rubble that continued to dominate the surrounds of the school at that time.
In the course of their visit of January 2006, the Trustees committed HELP to fund a larger and longer term playground for the village. The children of Latymer school again rose to the challenge of raising the necessary funds and we are delighted to be able to report that the facility is now complete and in full use by the Komari community and children in particular.
The children and staff of Latymer have every right to be proud of their fund raising achievements. They have brought genuine happiness to the children of Komari.
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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.