Currently,there are over 90,000 woman-headed families in the North and East. The breadwinners generally comprise war widows and single parents (husbands in military custody or have deserted, or raped victims). Hundreds of them are physically challenged. Many of them belong to the lowest of the lowly sectionof the society in the North and East and, being women, are also the most vulnerable.
SCOT proposes to fund some Projects that will support these vulnerable families. The Projects will be carried out in two phases:
Working together as a group will give greater strength to the members, a sense of comradeship and most importantly accountability to each other.
SCOT works with selected, long established local partners in North and East Sri Lanka, who have proven track records in establishing similar projects during the last 12 months. The recently completed projects have cost Rs 200,000 per self-help group, which covers field staff salary, travelling expense and supply of equipment / facilities. The already established self-help groups have increased the income per family from their initial Rs 3,500 per month to over Rs 12,000.
We were able to witness almost all the IDP population being resettled in areas sometimes unknown to them throughout their lives. This created a situation for family breadwinners having to re-train and start a new life from the scratch. We are seeing many orphans, widows and vulnerable old people still unable to carry on with their normal lives following the war even after three years. we are working with many front line volunteer organisations and NGO’s engaged in providing livelihood programmes and rehabilitation projects to meet these challenging demands.
Beginning of this year in January, the entire Eastern province experienced severe flooding following unprecedented downpour almost never seen in this part of the world before. SCOT responded swiftly and sharply to alleviate the suffering of our people in the East by contribution £8500 within days of the outbreak, channeling the funds through YMHA (Young Men’s Hindu Association) and EHED (Eastern Humanitarian Development of the Bishop of Trincomalee and Batticaloa).
Due to the war many of our past beneficiaries themselves are displaced. We are contacting many of our past beneficiaries directly in Sri Lanka with a view to understanding their current needs and how we support their current projects. This will see us effectively directing our resources at the most urgently needed areas in the North and East affected by the war.
The districts of Batticaloa and Ampaarai east of Sri Lanka have been affected by second natural disaster within two months, with lashing torrential rains and floods. The overflowing water from irrigation tanks has entered villages in the two districts and normalcy has been badly affected. Flood affected people are forced to undergo tremendous hardships due to lack of food and other facilities as the civil authority had failed to provide relief promised for the previous natural calamity that took place few months back.
SCOT has been working closely with two Registered Local Charities to provide food and accommodation to affected parties. More help is required for resettling the displaced families and to bring back a level of normality in the region.
Working with Jaffna University Sri Lanka we have created a Gold Medal Scholorship Fund to award a Gold Medal to the best student who scores the highest marks in the clinical component of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the Final Examination.
A fund raising Dinner & Dance is planned in London for the 19 November 2011
SCOT has been working closely with two Registered Local Charities to provide food and accommodation to affected parties. More help is required for resettling the displaced families and to bring back a level of normality in the region. A fund raising Dinner & Dance is planned in London for the 19 November 2011.
The General Council unanimously decided that our priority is to help the Internally Displaced People (IDP’s). Funding has been mainly prioritised to help the orphans housed in schools and orphanages, and medical in the Vanni district
Due to the war many of our past beneficiaries themselves are displaced. We are in the process of contacting many of our past beneficiaries directly in Sri Lanka with a view to understanding their current needs and how we may support their current projects. . This will see us effectively directing our resources at the most urgently needed areas in the North and East affected by the war.
This year also saw the first funding from our Scholarship Fund, set up a couple of years ago. This funding is mainly to help the educational needs of the members of the Tamil community from all three religious backgrounds. An Investment Trust is now in place to invest approximately £15,000 in a fund to generate continuous income supporting this project in the coming years.
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