Relief provided for Flood victims

As reported by the BBC and Guardian newspaper, there have been some devastating floods in Central and Eastern Sri Lanka in the past month with over one million people displaced.  A large number of families have lost all their belongings and their means of income, as the paddy fields and reservoirs on which their livelihoods depend have been ruined.  As a consequence, many of the families have been forced to move to temporary welfare centres as their homes have been destroyed.  Help has been working through the  Amman Girls Home to provide emergency relief assistance to help the local community in Akkaraipattu.  Their report - below - sets out some details of the scale of the local problem and an indication of where your funds are being deployed.  The daily cost of providing food and basic necessities for the 120 families displaced in welfare centres is approx £300.  We have undertaken to provide as much assistance as we can.  

If you or any friends, family or colleagues are able to provide further funds for this cause, please contact Dr Vip Thiagarasah at drvipt@yahoo.co.uk

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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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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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