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- Cardiology Services Organised by Assist RR in Vanni, Sri Lanka August 12, 2018
- New Building to Ki/Sivapathakalaiyagam School in Kilinochchi July 22, 2018
- Penneys to Walk the Talk to Assist War Victims in Sri Lanka June 12, 2018
- Tamil Forum Malaysia’s Assistance to Adivasi families in Muthur June 3, 2018
- Stupendous fund raising effort by 8-year old “Amazing Ajesh” May 20, 2018
- “Charity Dinner 2018 – London” on 05/05/18 & Donation of an Echocardiogram Machine to Kilinochchi Hospital May 7, 2018
- 3rd Echocardiogram Clinic in Mannar on 12-15 Feb 2018 February 25, 2018
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Further to our appeal to assist flood affected people in the east, we have received support from Tamil Forum Malaysia to assist the affected people. We, the fortunate in the UK and Europe, can do more to help the affected people, who haven’t still recovered from the war. In the past, I visited a camp in Sampoor, where many displaced families have been living in very pathetic conditions since 2006. I attach some photos of their living condition before the flooding. A Tamilnet article below shows the flooded condition of this camp. It is really sad that they have to go through all these hardship since 2006 as a result of the war. Can we please help these unfortunate people as well as people in Batticaloa district?
Following our appeal for building the first floor paediatric ward at Puthukudiyiruppu (PTK) hospital, Children’s Hunger Relief Fund (CHRF) and Dr Philomina Karthigesalingam responded positively and have managed to raise enough funds to carry out this project. Dr Philomina successfully completed her sponsored walk and managed to raise nearly £6000. CHRF made an appeal to their friends and families and raised nearly £12,000. Assist RR is funding the balance needed to complete this project. Further to another appeal, UK Medical Institute of Tamils (MIOT) has donated £8300 towards providing furniture and essential medical equipment to this ward. The construction work had been completed and the ward was handed over by Mullaithivu GA Mr Vethanayagan to the hospital on 04 Dec 2014. Assist RR would like to express its gratitude to CHRF, MIOT and Dr Phil on behalf of people of PTK for their selfless efforts towards assisting people affected by the war.
We are happy to inform that yet another cataract surgery camp, sponsored by London Shri Kanagathurkkai Amman Temple (Ealing Amman Temple) by raising funds from the devotees of the temple and organised by Assist RR, was successfully completed on Sunday, 16/11/14 in Mullaithivu. Surgeon, Dr Malaravan, attached to Jaffna Teaching Hospital, carried out surgeries to nearly 102 patients. The local eye doctor asked us to convey the gratitude of the local people to the donors and organisers. Doctors from Vanni and Vision 2020 have informed Assist RR that there are thousands of needy patients in the North and East, who are still on their waiting lists and would benefit from these surgery camps because many can’t afford to pay for the lens and consumables needed for the surgery. Surgeon, Dr Malaravan has volunteered to perform surgery camps every month in the North. Assist RR will endeavour to find sponsors and support this on going project. Assist RR and people of Mullaithivu are indebted to Dr Malaravan for his selfless service to the vulnerable and needy patients in the North. Assist RR also wish to express its gratitude to the devotees of London Ealing Amman temple for their financial support for this camp. Finally, we would like to thank Vision 2020, in particular Dr Asela Abeydeera, for their continued support in organising surgery camps in the East and North of Sri Lanka.
A great Sinhala surgeon called Dr Jeyasiri Dias, whose native place is Matara and has been serving people of Batticaloa for a number of years, has been helping the needy and vulnerable people of North and East by carrying out 600 free cataract surgeries in surgery camps organised by Assist RR in the North and East. This teaches us that charity should not have any boundaries and it should be beyond race, religion, colour, language, etc. Friends of Assist RR, Engineers Sriskandarajah from Vavuniya and Henry Amalaraj from Kalmunai volunteered to sponsor a free surgery camp for 150 needy patients in Matara. This camp took place on 22/10/14, on Deepavali day. Sri & Henry attended the ceremony on this day, although it was Deepavali. Well done friends and keep up your good work. The people of Matara were very appreciative of the assistance provided by Sri & Henry. Matara doctors also promised to visit North & East to help the needy in any way they can. The eye doctor at Matara has already carried out a cataract surgery camp in Kilinochchi.
Following our appeal for building the first floor paediatric ward at PTK hospital, Children’s Hunger Relief Fund (CHRF) and Dr Philomina Karthigesalingam responded positively and have managed to raise enough funds to carry out the project. The construction work started in July 2014 and nearing completion. Dr Philomina successfully completed her sponsored walk and managed to raise nearly £6000. CHRF made an appeal to their friends and families and raised nearly £12,000. Assist RR is funding the balance needed to complete this project. Further to another appeal, Medical Institute of Tamils (MIOT), UK, has donated £8300 towards providing furniture and essential medical equipment to this ward. Assist RR would like to express its gratitude to CHRF, MIOT and Dr Phil on behalf of people of PTK for their selfless efforts towards assisting people affected by the war. Assist RR would also like to thank Australian Medical Aid Foundation (AMAF) for their financial support for providing medical equipment to the ground floor female ward.
GTV presenter Mr Jegan interviewed Assist RR trustees Dr V Sarveswaran and Dr R Jeyapooranabala on various issues related to living conditions of the innocent victims of war in the east and north of Sri Lanka. Please watch the interview below:
It is well known that there has been little rain in the Northern province since January 2014, which has been insufficient for farming activities. As a result, farmers have been struggling to engage in cultivation and also lost their crops due to sever drought. It is understood that drought caused by no or lack of rain this year is worse than the drought experienced in 2012. This year’s drought is causing immense hardship to farmers as they are unable to carry on with their farming activities and support their families. It is also forcing families to struggle for drinking water. Many wells have dried up and have become unusable. Although NP has been supplying water using bowsers to many villages, it is understood that NP is struggling to cope up with the demand due to lack of funds. Children’s Hunger Relief Fund (CHRF), UK, recently was sent hundreds of requests from families in Vanni for assistance. Further to discussions with CHRF and due to the overwhelming demand for wells in Vanni, Assist RR have decided to join hands with CHRF and participate in providing wells to families who desperately need them. Assist RR and CHRF therefore would like to appeal to Diaspora Tamils to consider helping the unfortunate people in Vanni by helping to them to have access to water. These people have already suffered enough as a result of the war and are suffering further due to lack of or no water. Could we please help them by providing water?