Komari Garden Project
Working with our colleagues in Komari, HELP has set up a a community-based garden project in the village. Ten single-mother families have been identified as participants in the scheme. The project involves clearing land around the house of the family, providing irrigation and seeds and then growing cash crops which the family can sell in the local market. Preparation of each 'allotment' costs in total £125 and the construction of wells a further £300. This is a very worthwhile project providing sustainable livelihoods to some of the poorest families in the region.
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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 »
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.