Yet Another Cataract Surgery Camp in Mullaithivu on 15-16 Nov

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.
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Another Cataract Surgery Camp, this time in Matara

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.

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PTK Paediatric Ward Construction – Update

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.

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GTV Interview with Assist RR Trustees on 06/09/14

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:

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Desperate Need for Water in Vanni – Appeal for Donations

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?

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Cancellation of Assist RR’s Sports day on 07/09/14‏

We regret to inform you that we had to cancel the sports day planned for 07/09/14 due to certain unavoidable reasons. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. However, we are planning to meet you at our annual dinner in November. We will inform the details in the near future. We apologise again for the inconvenience caused.
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1000 Cataract Surgeries Completed by Assist RR

We are happy to inform that we have reached a milestone of assisting around 1000 cataract surgeries since June 2013 with the support of Vision 2020. These surgeries were organised by Assist RR and sponsored by many organisations including Assist RR and many generous individuals as follows: Friends of Assist RR & Gods Own Children Foundation, Australia; SCOT UK; Tamil Engineers, Singapore; Batticaloa Social Welfare Organisation and Australian Fund for Mahalirillam;  Enlightenment Circle, an arm of Saiva Munnetta Sangam, UK; Friends of Assist RR in the UK; Hartley College Past Pupils Association (HCPPA) of NSW, Australia. Nearly 600 surgeries were carried out in Surgery Camps arranged by Vision 2020: 3 camps in Mannar, 2 in Mullaitivu and 1 in Batticaloa. All these 600 surgeries were carried out single handed by a great service minded surgeon, Dr Jeyasiri Dias, who is currently serving at Batticaloa Teaching hospital. Another 200 surgeries are being assisted by donating 200 foldable lenses and other consumables to be used at four hospitals: Kalmunai; Batticaloa; Trincomale; Puttalam. Another 200 surgeries, which were funded by a Colombo based Charity, Youth Progressive Foundation, and by an anonymous donor, were carried out in a camp in Colombo on 17/18 August 2014.

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