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- Donation of an Internal Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD) to a Heart Patient in Mannar July 21, 2019
- Living conditions in two villages of Batticaloa District and CHRF’s timely support July 13, 2019
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Assist RR have been working in Sampoor, Trincomalee District, providing shelters, toilets and livelihood assistances, with the partnership of many kind hearted individuals and like minded organisations around the world. As part of livelihood support, IMHO, USA, provided funds to purchase 5 sets of engine boats and nets, which were handed over to the beneficiaries on 23rd Nov 2017 and 27th Dec 2017. Dr Rajam Thevendran, IMHO, USA and her husband Dr Thevendran from New York, and Henry Aamlaraj, President of Assist RR (SL) attended the handing over ceremony on 27th Dec 2017. IMHO, USA have already funded another 5 sets of engine boats and nets that were handed over in June/July 2017. Each boat has been successfully shared by 5 families. This meant 50 families are being benefitted by these 10 sets of engine boats and nets (costing nearly Rs 5.5 Million) funded by IMHO, USA. Assist RR would like to inform you that IMHO USA have already funded 119 shelters to Sampoor IDPs at a cost of Rs 14.28 Million (around $95,000). Assist RR, on behalf of Sampoor IDP families, would like to express its gratitude to IMHO USA for their continued support to enhance the lives of Sampoor families.
Due to the absence of specialist cardiology service provision in Mannar in Sri Lanka and the resulting long list of patients waiting to see a cardiologist in Jaffna or Vavuniya, Dr Mayooran and Assist RR, with the help of donations of well wishers, set up a free cardiology and echocardiogram clinic in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Northern Provincial Council in Mannar between 13th-17th Nov 2017. This clinic was conducted by Dr Richard Brown, Dr Gemma Parry-Williams and Dr Mayooran Shanmuganathan (cardiology doctors from UK). Over the course of 5 days, 200 patients of all ages were seen by these three cardiologists. These patients would otherwise have had to wait months for an appointment and travel 100s of kilometres to see a cardiac specialist, often involving an overnight admission to Mannar hospital and inter-hospital transport the next morning. During this clinic, the doctors assessed their symptoms, clinical signs including blood pressure and performed an echocardiogram on all the patients. Patients with heart conditions were given follow up appointments with a general medical physician in Mannar District General Hospital. A handful of patients were referred to the nearest paediatric cardiologist, interventional cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon for further evaluation of their symptoms with view to an interventional procedure or surgery. Assist RR remains grateful to the donors who contributed towards the cost of accommodation food and local travel for the participating doctors, and to the volunteer doctors, who flew to Sri Lanka from the UK using their own funds and volunteered to provide the free service. As we need more funds to conduct these clinics in the future, please kindly consider donating through the following link:
To see more photos of the clinic, please use the FB link below:
A UK based charity called Margaret Carey Foundation (MCF) collects used bicycles and refurbishes them in a rehabilitation program in the UK, where MCF provide hands-on experience on repairs of bicycles. Another charity called PhysioNet are then responsible for storing and distributing them to the needy. MCF and PhysioNet agreed to assist the needy children in Sri Lanka and collected nearly 200 bicycles for this purpose. PhysioNet then arranged the shipment of these bicycles in early September in a 20’ container, which had room for 176 bicycles. It arrived in Colombo on 3rd October and reached Jaffna last Wednesday (15/11). The finance ministry gave us duty exempt for these bicycles. All 176 bicycles were handed over to Mr N Vethanayagan, Government Agent (GA) and District Secretary of Jaffna District, who will donate these bicycles to needy school children in Jaffna and Vanni. Assist RR would like to express its gratitude to the Diaspora Tamil, who made the connection but wants to remain anonymous, PhysioNet and Margaret Carey Foundation for arranging 176 bicycles to be donated to needy children in Sri Lanka. It also would like to thank Mr Sivagnanasothy, Secretary of Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation for providing funds to meet the local costs incurred in receiving the bicycles and Jaffna GA Mr Vethanayagan, and Mr Sriranhan, ADP, District Secretariat, Jaffna for their hard work in making this happened.
In 1982, there was flooding in Kilinochchi. 1980 engineering undergraduates from University of Peradeniya including our Chairman, Sarveswaran, collected dry rations and went to Kilinochchi to hand over them to flood victims. After handing over the rations, they started talking to the villagers, who were predominantly upcountry Tamils and were displaced following the 1977 communal riots. The villagers told that they desperately wanted to educate their children. They were struggling to get school admissions in Tamil schools to their children. They asked whether the undergrads could provide them with a building so that they can start teaching their children in Tamil. 1980 engineering batch mates took their request as a challenge and raised funds, while they were continuing with their degree course. Eventually, the batch managed to construct a building for a school, which was then handed over to the local priest Fr Pias. The school was named “Sivapatha Kalaiyagam”. Fr Pias continued with his services to this school and managed to convert it into a government school. The school has grown very well over the years and is providing education to pupils up to GCE (O/L).
Recently, there was a news item about this school telecasted by Sakthi TV. The link is given at the end of this email. There were many needs at this school as exposed by the TV news item. Assist RR and our E80 Peradeniya engineering batch mates got together and managed to meet some of the needs (please refer to the attached link). However, the school is still lacking classrooms for conducting lessons. They are currently conducting some lessons in a temporary shelter and under a tree. Some photos are attached. The principal has been asking whether Assist RR could provide a 100’ building that solve their classroom shortage. If we could raise £25,000.00, we could construct a 100’ building that would provide a safe and acceptable environment to the school children for learning. Assist RR recently completed a similar building to Puthukudiyiruppu Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed School. A Malaysian Family with Origin from Urumpirai East have pledged Rs 3.0M (£15k) in memory of their Maternal Grandparents for constructing a classroom building to war affected Sivapathakalaiyagam GTM school. We need another Rs 2M (around £10k) to complete this building. If any organisation or individual is interested in contributing to this project, please kindly contact us. Please share this with your friends and family as well.
Our chairman and his wife (Dr Velautham & Mrs Ananthi Sarveswaran) have been in petroleum retail since 2002. They recently switched their fuel supplier from Harvest Energy to Motor Fuel Group (MFG), Murco Branded fuel, at one of their sites in Birmingham. The director of MFG, Jim Mulheran, who has visited Assist RR’s website has been impressed by the charity’s humanitarian and compassionate works. Keen to support such a good cause, MFG agreed to provide a £7,000 donation to Assist RR to help the needy people in Sri Lanka. This money will be spent on several projects and will be reported to MFG as well as to our supporters. Assist RR, on behalf of the needy people in Sri Lanka, would like to express its gratitude to MFG for their generous donation. This story proves “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you”.
Assist RR made an appeal in Feb 2017 seeking more support towards the resettlement of Sampoor IDPs. As a result, Assist RR has now constructed 50 more shelters and are currently constructing another 10 shelters. Donors who generously contributed to these shelters are: IMHO USA – 23; IMHO Canada – 30; A Tamil from USA – 3, Tamils from Singapore – 3; A Tamil from UK – 1. Since the start of resettlement of Sampoor IDPs in Sept 2015, Assist RR, with the support of many Diaspora organisations and kind hearted individuals from around the globe, has managed to build 161 permanent toilets and 180 semi-permanent shelters. IMHO USA has pledged funds to construct another 60 shelters. IMHO USA also donated funds to assist fishermen families by providing five sets of fishing boats, engines, and nets at a cost of Rs 550,000 per set. These were handed over at a ceremony on 25 June 2017. Treasurer of IMHO USA, Mr Murali Ramalingam, participated at this event and handed over these items. IMHO USA has also agreed to fund five more sets of fishing equipment. There is still need for more shelters in Sampoor. The cost of a shelter is only £600. Please assist these unfortunate families, who are struggling without a decent shelter even after 2 years of resettlement. Please see photos below. You can also watch a youtube link, which shows the living condition of a widow: Living Conditions in Sampoor after their Resettlement. We would like to express our gratitude to IMHO USA, IMHO Canada, and Diaspora Tamils from the USA, Singapore, and the UK for their kind support in assisting the IDP families in Sampoor. We also would like to thank Assist RR SL’s President Eng Henry Amalraj and Treasurer Eng Nalliah Sriskandarajah for their selfless services to the victims of war in the north and east.