We are sure you remember a ward that was built by Assist RR at Puthukudiyiruppu hospital. This ward is currently being used as female and paediatric medical ward. It has already started to over flow and patients are sleeping on the floor. The hospital has no medical ward for male patients and they are still using the beds in the OPD area. The ward built by Assist RR is capable of having another floor that can be used as a paediatric ward or a male ward until another ward is built. However, we are struggling to raise funds to build the first floor ward at a cost of around £22k (includes furniture). People affected by the war need our help to improve their standard of living. We, the Diaspora Tamils, are fortunate enough to help these people. I am sure many of us can afford at least £1. There are many organisations around the globe who can also contribute. It is not impossible. Please kindly share this with your friends and also consider either donating or raising funds amongst your friends and family.
You can donate between £1 & £10 by sending a text ARRT01£? to 70070 to donate to this project and make a difference to PTK Hospital. Please insert an amount between 1 – 10 where the “?” is in the text message. Alternatively, please visit the website below for donating more than £10. A lady doctor, Phil Karthigesalingam, is walking 100 kM non-stop this weekend to raise funds for the same cause. Please help……..
A cataract surgery camp, organised by Assist RR with the support of Vision 2020 and sponsored by Enlightenment Circle, an arm of Saiva Munnetta Sangam, a registered charity in the UK, was completed on 15 June 2014. Vision 2020 confirmed that they have restored eyesight to 108 patients at this camp. Dr Dias Jayasiri, the eye surgeon, who is now attached to Matara hospital, volunteered again to perform these surgeries single handed. We are pleased to inform that Dr Dias has now assisted nearly 500 patients to gain vision in the North and East through Assist RR. Vision 2020 has promised to carry out another two camps: one in Mannar; another in Mullaithivu within a few months. Assist RR would like to thank Enlightenment Circle for their support and funds to the camp in Mullaithivu and Vision 2020 for organising this camp to help the vulnerable in the North. In particular, we would like to thank Dr Dias for his selfless service to the needy in the East and North. His willingness to travel from Matara to the North shows his dedication to help the needy.
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Araneri Pre-School was operating in a tent and was one of the top priorities in terms of the need. Mullaithivu District Educational Development Trust Fund approached Assist RR last year and made a request to construct a building for this pre-school. Assist RR agreed and made an appeal to its supporters. Assist RR also made a presentation to Tamil Forum Malaysia, who agreed to fund 60% of the cost of this project. Another two anonymous donors from Malaysia donated Rs 376,000 and Rs 37,000 respectively. The rest was funded by Assist RR. The project was commenced in March and was completed at the end of May. It was declared open by Mullaithivu GA, Mr Vethanayagan on 04 June 2014. Assist RR would like to express its gratitude to Tamil Forum Malaysia and two other Malaysian Tamil Diaspora donors for their generous support towards constructing the building for the pre-school. This is the third school building project funded by Malaysian Tamil Diaspora.
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A house built using funds donated by Anbaalayam, Australia, for a destitute family of eight, who were living in a tent in Mullivaikal East, was handed over to the family on 30 May 2014. Assist RR can see from the 4th photo is only the face of the eldest girl (to the far left of the 4th photo in yellow Suridhar), but not the house constructed. Assist RR also donated clothes to the family for the handover ceremony. Assist RR noticed that the children are very happy, active and intelligent. Some of them may benefit from hostel education. Assist RR would like to thank Anbaalayam for their financial support for the construction of this house. Anbaalayam’s assistance is much appreciated. This project proves that it is not impossible to help the needy.
During April/May 2014, Assist RR visited many remote villages in Trincomalee district including Sampoor. There are nearly 850 families still living in camps. Assist RR visited Kunithivu and Sulaikuda, where 350 families were resettled recently, and saw the issues facing the recently resettled people. They also visited the school in the village, where two schools are currently functioning in a small building built by an INGO. People of Kunithivu and Sulaikuda are facing various difficulties in normalising their lives. Many houses are still without roofs and many are jobless. When Assist RR spoke to the this villagers, they asked Assist RR to provide livelihood support. They also need support to rebuild their houses. Assist RR also met some residents of the welfare centre in Kaddaiparichan. Even though they have been struggling to survive, they asked Assist RR to help their children to learn. There were two schools including Sampoor MV, which served this village before the war, and are now functioning temporarily in the hostel of Chenaiyur MV. Assist RR went back to Sampoor MV next day and provided exercise books and pens worth Rs 50,000 to O/L and A/L students. Desks and chairs suitable for primary school children are being used in these temporary schools for the secondary students, which create Knee Joint pain and make it very uncomfortable for them to learn. Assist RR believes that they should be helped by donating new desks and chairs. Assist RR also learnt that some of the A/L & O/L students, including 4 girls, have been walking to the school from Kunithivu, which is nearly 5 kms. Assist RR went back to Kunithivu and donated 10 bicycles to these students from Kunithivu.
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After 5 years since the end of the war in 2009, the first in-patient ward (medical), which was built by Assist RR, was declared open by Mr Vethanayagan, Mullaithivu GA, on 07 May 2014 at a simple ceremony attended by the hospital staff and local development society representatives. Assist RR initiated, managed and completed this ground floor of a two-storied ward complex project using funds raised by Assist RR and Serendip Children’s Home at a cost of around £30,000. Assist RR has contributed nearly £20k and Serendip Children’s Home has contributed £10k through Keiran Arasaratnam’s long walk fund raising event in Sri Lanka. Assist RR also provided furniture to the ward and arranged medical equipment worth Rs 2.5 Million through Australian Medical Aid Foundation. Local residents appreciated the assistance provided by Assist RR and said that Assist RR has been helping the war affected people in Vanni in many ways, which also help them to forget the war, as traces of war are being removed by the infrastructure projects carried out by Assist RR.
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Members of Assist RR have been travelling between the districts of Kilinochchi and Amparai to carry out basic needs assessment. They have managed to cover many remote and elephant roaming villages including Koddaikaddiyakulam in Thunukkai, Sampoor in Trincomalee, number of colonies in Batticaloa and Alikambai in Amparai (Alikambai village has an interesting history and deserves a special report). Although people in these villages struggle for survival, their main requests have been to help their children to learn. Assist RR learnt that nearly 95% of children from these villages choose Arts/Commerce subjects due to science teacher shortages and their inability to have private tuitions to improve their knowledge of maths/science subjects. Please kindly read the attached full report below. The children from remote villages need to be helped. Assist RR believes that this is a serious issue and there will be consequences, if we do not help them now. Assisting the current generation would eventually help the future generation and improve their chances to succeed. Assist RR hope some of you would consider supporting helping these children and the 42 boys, who are boarded at Kalmunai St Mary’s Boys Home, as detailed below.