Puthukudiyiruppu (PTK) Hospital Ward Project – Update

Assist RR was approached by Mullaithivu GA, Mr Vethanayagan, with a request to fund construction of male & female wards at PTK hospital. The GA has been trying to get funding through other sources but, as he failed to do so, he approached Assist RR for assistance to build at least one ward. Assist RR agreed and has been raising funds. Although it was estimated that the cost would be around £31k for the 24-bed ground floor ward, we are now confident that it would be completed at a cost of around £26k. Serendip Children’s Home has agreed to donate £12k towards the ground floor and Assist RR is funding £16k. The foundation was laid on 05 Nov 2013 and the project has been progressing well.

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Bicycles donated by Harrow Aathiparasakthi Mandram to Children in Batticaloa

There is another good news that we would like to share with you.  Following our visit to two remote villages in Wellaveli, Batticaloa in January 2014, we made an appeal to assist these villagers in a number of ways.  Further to this appeal, Dr Namasivayam of Sivanarulillam approached Annai Aathiparasakthi Valipaddu Mandram in Harrow, UK and appealed them to consider donating 15 bicycles to the children from the two remote villages called 16th Colony and Maalayarkaddu.  They responded positively and arranged the donations through Kathankudi Aathiparasakthi Valipaddu Mandram on 03 March 2014.  We would like to thank Annai Aathiparasakthi Valipaddu Mandram in Harrow, UK for agreeing to donate at a short notice and for donating these bicycles to the children, who were walking up to 13 kMs one way to attend their schools. We also would like to thank Dr Namasivayam for approaching the donors and making this happen.  This would certainly assist these children’s learning to some extent. But we can do more by providing evening classes in their villages. Please remember there are no A/L students and only 3 O/L students in these villages.

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Yet another Cataract Surgery Camp organised by Assist RR

Assist RR is happy to inform you that, with the assistance of Vision 2020, we have successfully organised yet another cataract surgery camp, this time in Batticaloa, this weekend to help nearly 100 patients.  This camp was funded by “SOCIAL WELFARE ORGANISATION”, BATTICALOA AND “FUND FOR MAHALIRILLAM”, AUSTRALIA. Dr Dias Jeyasiri has been carrying out these surgeries all day along. Please note that Dr Dias carried out another nearly 50 surgeries yesterday, funded by two voluntary organisations from Sydney, Australia (one of them  is called “Regain Sight Inc”). We should all thank Dr Dias for his selfless and tireless service to the needy in the East and North of Sri Lanka. This is the fourth camp organised by Assist RR, restoring vision to nearly 400 patients, in partnership with Vision 2020 and Dr Dias.  Our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Dr Dias for his selfless service to the people of the East and North of SL and to Vision 2020 for organising these camps and their support. 

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Cataract Surgeries in the East & North of SL by Assist RR

Assist RR is happy to inform you that we are organising yet another cataract surgery camp, this time in Batticaloa, this weekend to help nearly 100 patients.  This camp is funded by SOCIAL WELFARE ORGANISATION, BATTICALOA AND FUND FOR MAHALIRILLAM, AUSTRALIA.  Dr Dias Jeyasiri has agreed again to carry out these surgeries.  This would be the fourth camp organised by Assist RR, restoring vision to nearly 400 patients, in partnership with Vision 2020 and Dr Dias.  Our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Dr Dias for his selfless service to the people of the East and North of SL and to Vision 2020 for organising these camps. Click the link below to read the full details.

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Renovation of Puthukkudiyiruppu RC Vidyalayam

This school is located in the vicinity of Puthukudiyiruppu hospital and was badly damaged during the war. This school started functioning in September 2012 after the end of war in May 2009. Currently, there are 445, both Hindu and Christian, students, from Year 1 to GCE O/L, learning here with the services of 24 teachers. At present, the school infrastructure include a temporary shelter built by UNICEF, a permanent building recently built by Child Fund, and the badly damaged building, in which six classes are being conducted. Following Assist RR’s appeal for funds to renovate this school building, a generous and kind-hearted Malaysian family with roots in Urumpirai have pledged funds around Rs 2.2 Million to renovate this school building. Assist RR would like to thank the family for their kind support.

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Living conditions of Disabled persons and their needs in E&N

There are hundreds of families in the East and North of Sri Lanka where at least one member is suffering from physical disability due to the war.  In Mullaithivu district alone, there are 3351 disabled persons, of whom  1786 persons are disabled due to the war.  Most of the disabled people have had artificial limbs fitted but are still facing extreme hardship due to lack of suitable job opportunities to re-start their livelihood. Assist RR met representatives of disabled families on 16 Jan 2014 in Mullaithivu, which enabled Assist RR to realise the extent of the problems, the disabled families have been facing since the end of the war.

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Current living and economic conditions in war affected areas

It is very sad to note the current living conditions and economic situation in the East and North of Sri Lanka since the end of the war.  Based on a number of visits of Assist RR trustees and Mullaithuvu District statistical Handbook of 2013, a report has been produced and linked below.  The numbers in the handbook indicates that there are nearly 66% of the families in the district are earning between Rs 1500 and Rs 5000 per month and 18% of the families are earning less than Rs 1500 per month.  It also indicates that around 74% of the employable persons in this district are unemployed.  It is a very sad and pathetic situation and there is nothing wrong in saying that these people are “the unfortunate” ones.  The important question is what are we, the fortunate Diaspora, going to do to help them?

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