By Amaravathi Navaratnam, Head of Sri Lanka Project
Following is the report of TECH Outreach’s Sri Lanka Project team’s trip to Sri Lanka in May 2014.
Friday, 16 May 2014
Mano, Murali, Navin adn Charu departed from KLIA to Negombo, Sri Lanka. I departed from Trichy, India to Negombo.
We checked into the Nelly Star Hotel at Vavunniya.
Saturday, 17 May 2014
Mano, Murali and I interviewed 84 potential loan recipients in Santhapuram village with the assistance of RWF (Rural Women’s Forum) staff.
Navin and Charu meanwhile went off to visit, interview and take photographs of 5 villages for ‘Model Village project”.
Sunday, 18 May 2014
We visited houses of selected potential loan recipients interviewed previous day.
We also visited the RWF office in Killinochi to see sponsored children.
Monday, 19 May 2014
We visited the late Dilojan’s mother and handed over the balance of money donated by Prema Kanthaswamy.
We visited existing loan recipients to assess the success of their business ventures.
Water shortage is a serious issue and many expressed their inability to cultivate due to lack of water. The wells get inundated with water plus the debris from the sides of the well during the rainy season. When the rains stop, the wells need to be cleared of debris to obtain water.
We visited Mahasakthi (NGO) to discuss the Rice-mill project.
We had a meeting with RWF staff on processes.
We met sponsored children at RWF office at Vavunniya.
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
We visited Thanduvan village in Mullaitivu. Kugaselvi from RWF will be responsible for selecting 16 poor war widows for Savings and Credit Financing.
We disbursed school fees to children sponsored through CFCD in 2 different schools in Puthu Kudiyirruppu and proceeded to Jaffna.
We met with Senthini from WANT.
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
We interviewed 90 women from Oori. Oori is a poor fishing village in Karainagar where the women go fishing. The women requested loans to buy new fishing nets to get a better catch.
We had lunch with Father Kamal and Usha (new pre-school coordinator at Oori).
The Karainagar society in Malaysia has come forward to help these women to buy fishing nets.
Thursday, 22 May 2014
We had dinner with the RWF staff at Vavunniya.
Friday, 23 May 2014
Return to Malaysia.
The Project Sri Lanka team would like to record our appreciation to Dr. Malar, Murali and Mano for making all the necessary arrangements for the trip.
Special thanks too, to Murali for enabling the team to have a comfortable ride back to Malaysia on upgraded seats.