Ampara Safe House

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. The safe house provides a temporary (6 week) refuge for abused children who are made wards of court prior to being found more permanent places in children's homes. The safe house can accommodate a total of 12 children at any one time. We visited the property and were distressed to see the lack of basic facilities available; cramped rooms, no bedding, toys or clothes and only basic kitchen equipment. The previous funding of the Safe House had fallen away and its ongoing costs (food/utilities) were being met on a temporary basis by a local charity.

We met the Warden of the House and recognized that she was doing as good a job as possible in very difficult circumstances. We are not in a position to fund the Safe House's ongoing expenses but we committed to buy the necessary bedding, clothes, toys etc for the children from our current resources. The house desperately needs a small playground for the children (swings, roundabouts etc) at a cost of £500 which we will endeavour to support from future donations as and when funds permit.

 

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Achievements to date

HELP has provided a monthly bursary to the Swami Vipulananda Home from 2006 to assist with its ongoing expenses and to employ an after-school IT teacher for the boys. We also provided funding to assist with the setting up of a sustainable farm run by the boys. The Home is now funded by other donors and no longer needs our support.

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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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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