tsunami rebuilding efforts
SOS Children's Villages of Sri Lanka,
best known for taking care of orphaned and abandoned
children over the past 25 years were among the many
NGOs that offered assistance and relief to those affected
by the December 2004 tsunami. Virtually from day one
after the disaster, co-workers from the Children's Villages
were involved in providing food, clothing, medical supplies
and shelter to the victims from Kalutara to Ghandara
in the south, and from Kayankerni (north of Batticaloa)
to Komari (near Arugambay) in the south-east.
|SOS tsunami project in Peraliya
SOS was also one of the very first
NGOs to sign MOUs with the government, to reconstruct
and repair 750 houses in Komari, 274 houses in Kayankerni
and 129 houses in Iraalodai (close to Kayankerni). SOS
also undertook to construct social centres/tsunami shelters
(consisting of kindergartens and training centres) at
Peraliya and Ghandara in the south and at Panama, Ulle,
Komari (2), Periyar Kallar, Batticaloa, Kurukkalmadam
and Kayankerni (2) in the east. The Al Misbah School
in Kalmunai (1,758 students) was also to be reconstructed.
SOS also established partnerships with other NGOs as
part of their policy of initiating and sustaining relationships
with like-minded organizations, sharing good-practice
information and working in cooperation for the benefit
of those in need.
Among the organizations that SOS partnered
for tsunami-related work were 'Alliance Development'
(building transitional shelters in Kayankerni), Give2Asia
(repair and reconstruction of the Medical Centre and
Doctor's residence in Komari), 'Rebuilding Komari -
Sunshine Coast Queensland' donations through Errol and
Rohina Johnston (solar-power for 50 houses), CFDR (well
cleaning, garbage disposal and rubble disposal in Komari),
Seva Vanitha Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(Social Centre/Tsunami Shelter in Komari) and Brandix
(provision of tents for a refugee camp in Komari).
SOS will be maintaining its presence
in the east even after the ongoing tsunami-related work
is finished, as the Social Centres and kindergartens
they have established for the many communities will
be conducted with the assistance of the communities
SOS is also in the process of establishing
a SOS Children's Village in Komari so that the children
in the east who have been deprived of their parents
and homes due to the war and the tsunami will have the
security and love of SOS mothers and brothers and sisters
in SOS families.