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 (cÂ£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.
With huge thanks to the Thomas family, we were able to buy a three wheel vehicle for the Amman Girls Home. They are delighted with the tuk-tuk and make regular use of it to get the weekly food etc from the local town and to run the girls to the local doctor when needed.
Following their successful, and exciting, drive from Essex to Thailand (via China), Will Woodward and Elliot Ball raised Â£415 for HELP - many thanks to both...
April 2014 Tough Mudder charity run in London
Senny, our accountant, recently completed the Tough Mudder charity run in London, raising around £2,000 for HELP. One week later and he has yet to recover... But all in a good cause as this will go a long way to meeting the cost of buying some land for Mr Gunapalan's school if we need to do so.
November 2013 Sewing centre micro-finance scheme
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.
August 2013 Project visit
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.
June 2013 More kit on its way
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.
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HELP has been actively providing medical and other equipment to the local hospital in Thirrukovil, which services a large population of Ampara District.
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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. Read more »
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 »