Sampoor – Phase 2 Resettlement – Shelters & Toilets

Although Assist RR made an appeal to construct only 20 temporary toilets costing £2500 in April 2016, it was overwhelmed by the support received from the Diaspora. Assist RR ended up raising £20,000 and constructed 100 permanent toilets to Sampoor IDPs. Assist RR is very thankful to IMHO USA, who made this a reality by funding 50 permanent toilets in the first instance. Their support made Assist RR to raise funds for another 50 toilets. After Assist RR started constructing toilets, other INGOs also joined forces and provided more toilets. IMHO USA also provided around £21,000 to construct 35 semi-permanent shelters. Many other Diaspora Tamils from the UK, USA and Singapore have also donated funds to construct another 30 shelters. 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 155 permanent toilets and 120 semi-permanent shelters. I attach some photos. Assist RR would like to express its gratitude to all those who supported this project and provided decent shelters and toilets to Sampoor IDPs, who were living in welfare centres since 2006. A list if donors, who contributed to the construction of shelters and toilets is given below.

List of Donors – Sampoor Shelters & Toilets

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Invitation to Assis RR’s Annual Dinner 2017

Annual Dinner 2017 FlyerDonors and Partners of Assist RR in 2016 

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Deepam TV interviewed Solihull Junior School Head Master

Solihull Junior School Headmaster, Mr Mark Penney gave an interview to UK Deepam TV on 26th Nov. The youtube link is given below. We believe that he conveyed a powerful message to Diaspora Tamils about the plight of victims of war in Sri Lanka. Please watch it and share it with your friends and families. Please click the link below to watch the interview.

Solihull Junior School Headmaster Mr Mark Penney’s experience of his visit to the north & east – Deepam TV Interview on 26-11-16

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Solihull Junior School Raised £10908 to PTK RCTM School

Head Master of Solihull Junior School Mr Mark Penney, accompanied by Assist RR Trustees, visited Sri Lanka in July/August 2106 . When we visited Puthukudiyiruppu (PTK) Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed School (RCTMS), the Acting Principal of the school, Sister Yaso James, invited us to witness a dilapidated temporary shelter that is being used for four classrooms. The shelter was in a very bad condition and in an urgent need of replacement. Photos of this shelter is given below. Mr Penney was taken aback by the conditions under which children were learning. After witnessing the need there, the Solihull Junior school agreed to raise funds during their fund raising week in October 2016 to construct a classroom building to PTK RCTMS . The Youtube below shows various activities of the pupils and staff and their amazing efforts during their fund raising week in October to raise funds to a cause that they have no connection with. They raised £10908 for the school building project, breaking their previous record again. If these children can achieve this goal, why can’t the Diaspora Tamils do more to help our needy back home? We are indebted to Solihull Junior School children, staff and parents for their continuous kind support to our needy back home since 2009.

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Update – Sampoor – Phase 2 Resettlement

Assist RR have now completed constructing 75 permanent toilets and are currently constructing another 25 permanent toilets. Although we appealed to construct low cost temporary toilets, we were able to construct permanent toilets due to the overwhelming support we received from the Diaspora Tamils. We were also constructing shelters in addition to the toilets in Sampoor and have already completed 20 shelters. This is in addition to the 55 shelters and toilets built by Assist RR during the 1st Phase of resettlement in Sampoor. Currently, we are in the process of constructing another 20 shelters. An organisation from the USA has pledged to support more shelters and we hope that we will be able to start them soon. We would like to express our gratitude to everyone, especially IMHO USA, MIOT Wales, Saiva Munnetra Sangam UK, Raja Rajeswary Temple Surrey, anonymous donors from the USA and Singapore, ELETA UK, who donated funds to provide sanitation and shelters to people, who were displaced for almost 10 years and were resettled without any basic facilities.

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Solihull School raises funds for a building to PTK RCTM School

Solihull Junior School Headmaster, Mr Mark Penney, visited North of Sri Lanka with Assist RR Trustees in July. During his visit, Assist RR Trustees took him and his family to Puthukudiyiruppu (PTK) Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed School (RCTMS) to show him the two-storey building that was rebuilt in April 2014 by Assist RR with funding from a family in Malaysia with roots in Urumpirai. When we went there, the Acting Principal of the school, Sister Yaso James, invited us to witness a dilapidated temporary shelter that is being used for four classrooms. The shelter was in a very bad condition and in an urgent need of replacement. An engineer felt that the shelter should not be used, as it was structurally unsafe. A few photos of this shelter is given below. Mr Penney was taken aback by the conditions under which children were learning and felt very sorry for them. He told us, at the end of his tour, that he would endeavour to do something to assist with at least one of the needs identified in the North.  Last week, Assist RR received a call from Mr Penney, who gave the wonderful news that their school has decided to raise funds, towards constructing a 100′ classroom building to PTK RCTMS, during their fund raising week in October. We are indebted to Solihull Junior School children, staff and parents for their continuous kind support to our needy back home since 2009.

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Cataract Surgeries funded by Solihull Junior School

Solihull Junior School children, parents and staff in the UK raised nearly £9000 towards funding cataract surgeries in Sri Lanka. In consultation with the school, it was decided that the funds would be spent across Sri Lanka. Initially 75 surgeries were carried out in Ratnapura, which included patients from the upcountry. Another two camps were conducted on 23 April 2016 in Ratnapura and Matara for another 80 patients. Assist RR also organised a camp for 100 patients in Vavuniya in May 2016 and another camp benefiting 80 patients was organised in Mullaithivu in July 2016. All these surgeries were funded by Solihull Junior School and organised by Assist RR. Dr Dias Jeyasiri volunteered to carry out most of these surgeries. Some photos from Ratnapura and Matara, and also a youtube link of a video taken in Matara and Ratnapura are given below. The video is very powerful and sends a message that “Charity has no boundaries”.

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