Swami Vipulananda Childrens Home
The Swami Vipulananda Children's Home in Akkraiapattu provides a safe haven to 30 boys orphaned by the tsunami and/or the civil war. Our Trustees have visited the orphanage on a number of occasions and have been struck by the dedication of the (volunteer) staff and the overall sense of well being of the boys. However, the funding of the orphanage (all voluntary) has recently fallen away as funds have been diverted to other worthy post-tsunami causes.
HELP has therefore undertaken to provide a monthly bursary to the Home to ensure that it can continue its work. An additional sum has also been allocated to the Home to employ an after-school IT teacher for the children. We receive a monthly letter from the Principal acknowledging our contribution. Further details of the Home can be found on the attached web link http://anathi.org/vipulananda.htm
During the visit in July 2010, HELP has undertaken to provide funding to support a self-sustainable farm that the principal is setting up in the outskirts of the village. This will provide milk and coconuts to defray the ongoing costs of the orphange and provide employment for the boys. The farm is at an early stage of development although the first coconuts are evident. HELP has agreed to provide toilet and wash facilities on the farm and will be looking at other opportunites to assist in the year ahead.
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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.