The New York-based Asia Society invited Professor Patrick Mendis, who set up The Tsunami Leaders Caring “TLC” Foundation, to participate at the Tsunami Summit on post-tsunami rehabilitation and reconstruction at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. While teaching at the University of Maryland, Professor Mendis serves on the Sarvodaya-USA Board as a volunteer. A life-long supporter of Sarvodaya for more than thirty years, he visited the Sarvodaya family and traveled to tsunami-affected areas in April.

At the last week Summit, Professor Mendis met with President of the Asia Society Ambassador Richard Holbrook and the former two Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, who chair the U.S. private sector response to tsunami recovery. Both Presidents addressed the audience of high-level government representatives from Asian countries and other NGO and philanthropic representatives around the world. The Tsunami Summit was co-sponsored by the US-ASEAN, the US Chamber of Commerce, The Asia Foundation, Coca-Cola, Pfizer, and other corporate sponsors. The Asia Society is the primary organizer of this Summit.

In a press release prior to the Summit, the Calvert Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland highlighted the extraordinary work of Sarvodaya and its leader Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, who inspired Professor Mendis when he was a village child in the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa. See the press release by the Calvert Foundation:
http://www.csrwire.com/article.cgi/3911.html

Ambassador Richard Holbrook (right), the President of the Asia Society and former US Envoy to United Nations, talked with Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton who co-chair the U.S. Response to the Tsunami Recovery in Asia. Both Presidents visited Sri Lanka.

Professor Patrick Mendis (left) met with Ambassador Richard Holbrook at the Tsunami Summit. Both Professor Mendis and Ambassador Holbrook served at the U.S. State Department during the Clinton Administration.

Sarvodaya-USA Board Member at the Tsunami Summit in Washington DC, USA

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  • 15 June 2005 at 5:09 pm
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    Dear Sir,
    Greetings from Grama Seva Kendra, we have great pleasure by knowing that your willingness of support fpor the victim of Tsunami disaster. We would like to let introduce ourself yto be now to you as Grama Seva Kendra is a social welfare voluteers service organisation constituted by well determined dedicated service minded people in the year of 1984. It was registered as a voluntary service society in 1986, under the Government of Tamilnadu society Act 1976. The Government of India registered our service and alloted a number 07650008 under section Foreign contribution regulation Act 1976.

    Beneferies:

    Since its inception, the Kendra has completed a number of projects funded by the State Government, Central Government and Doner from abroad for the benefit of the rural poor, exspecially Widows, Devocee, Single womwn, Lonely, Aelples, physicaly Handicapped, Educated unemployed, youths-Boys and Girls, Farm Labourers who depending on land lords money lender, Government officials and the middle man who are preventing the government sponsored welfare schemes, reaching the deserved ones.

    Goal:

    We wanted to bring the downtrodden economically weaker section of the socirty to self relient in food and basic needs and free from the mustle power and money power from depency to indepentant.
    (Especially Tsunami Affected People)

    Activities:

    Create and awareness through non formal education, formal education, health education, preservation of environment, family planning, human rights, women rights, cultural programs and training them in self help schemes and income generating, job oriented small scale ventures and helping victims of natural calamities such as Earth quake, (Tsunami) rain flood, Thanderstorm displaced people due ethnic dashes and conflicts.

    Present Axctivities:

    Awreness programe on prevention HIV/AIDS spreading, community organisation, forming credit union in Taluk level and District level and construction of low cost house for poor people and brick making by self Group of women.

    The Government of Tamilnadu have alloted a peace of land consisting 50 acres for the use of this Kendra is Trichy district.

    We are operating in poor District. They are Thiruchirappalli, Pudukkottai, Thanjavur, and Nagapattinam in each District we have adopted 10 villages the you are aware that India is a very large country and it cannot br developed with our the help of the well developed countries more over the Government allown cannot go on the without the support of the NGO’s like us. We concentrate in the rural poor who’s status and condition of living, quality of food clothing and sheltor and very low.

    Our specific need for the Tsunami affected people:
    Besides it is relevant state that after analysing of four villages such as Puspavanam, Naluvedhapathi, Ariyanat Street, Vellapallam which we have adopted we came to know that there is 300 Fibre boats required for 1200 fishermen (a boat for 4persons) who lost their own belongings, shelrtors and employment. We further more you are therefore asked to support them to develop there standared of living by providing essential instrument (Fibre boats). The budget for the 300 Fibre boats is given below for ypur kindly attention. 600000 US $. Please let us know whether would you provide us (or) share which other organisations (or) recommended other agencies to arrange fund for this programe.

    Thanking you,
    Yours Sicerely,
    R.Manoharan.
    Program Director,
    Grama Seva Kendra,
    Nagavilagam,
    Rathamangalam (Post),
    Kilvelur Taluk,
    Nagapattinam District,
    Tamilnadu,
    India
    Pin – 611 109.

  • 15 June 2005 at 5:11 pm
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  • 15 June 2005 at 5:12 pm
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    Dear Sir,

    Greetings from Grama Seva Kendra, we have great pleasure by knowing that your willingness of support fpor the victim of Tsunami disaster. We would like to let introduce ourself yto be now to you as Grama Seva Kendra is a social welfare voluteers service organisation constituted by well determined dedicated service minded people in the year of 1984. It was registered as a voluntary service society in 1986, under the Government of Tamilnadu society Act 1976. The Government of India registered our service and alloted a number 07650008 under section Foreign contribution regulation Act 1976.

    Beneferies:

    Since its inception, the Kendra has completed a number of projects funded by the State Government, Central Government and Doner from abroad for the benefit of the rural poor, exspecially Widows, Devocee, Single womwn, Lonely, Aelples, physicaly Handicapped, Educated unemployed, youths-Boys and Girls, Farm Labourers who depending on land lords money lender, Government officials and the middle man who are preventing the government sponsored welfare schemes, reaching the deserved ones.

    Goal:

    We wanted to bring the downtrodden economically weaker section of the socirty to self relient in food and basic needs and free from the mustle power and money power from depency to indepentant.
    (Especially Tsunami Affected People)

    Activities:

    Create and awareness through non formal education, formal education, health education, preservation of environment, family planning, human rights, women rights, cultural programs and training them in self help schemes and income generating, job oriented small scale ventures and helping victims of natural calamities such as Earth quake, (Tsunami) rain flood, Thanderstorm displaced people due ethnic dashes and conflicts.

    Present Axctivities:

    Awreness programe on prevention HIV/AIDS spreading, community organisation, forming credit union in Taluk level and District level and construction of low cost house for poor people and brick making by self Group of women.

    The Government of Tamilnadu have alloted a peace of land consisting 50 acres for the use of this Kendra is Trichy district.

    We are operating in poor District. They are Thiruchirappalli, Pudukkottai, Thanjavur, and Nagapattinam in each District we have adopted 10 villages the you are aware that India is a very large country and it cannot br developed with our the help of the well developed countries more over the Government allown cannot go on the without the support of the NGO’s like us. We concentrate in the rural poor who’s status and condition of living, quality of food clothing and sheltor and very low.

    Our specific need for the Tsunami affected people:
    Besides it is relevant state that after analysing of four villages such as Puspavanam, Naluvedhapathi, Ariyanat Street, Vellapallam which we have adopted we came to know that there is 300 Fibre boats required for 1200 fishermen (a boat for 4persons) who lost their own belongings, shelrtors and employment. We further more you are therefore asked to support them to develop there standared of living by providing essential instrument (Fibre boats). The budget for the 300 Fibre boats is given below for ypur kindly attention. 600000 US $. Please let us know whether would you provide us (or) share which other organisations (or) recommended other agencies to arrange fund for this programe.

    Thanking you,
    Yours Sicerely,
    R.Manoharan.
    Program Director,
    Grama Seva Kendra,
    Nagavilagam,
    Rathamangalam (Post),
    Kilvelur Taluk,
    Nagapattinam District,
    Tamilnadu,
    India
    Pin – 611 109.

  • 15 June 2005 at 5:12 pm
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    TTP
    Dear Sir,

    Greetings from Grama Seva Kendra, we have great pleasure by knowing that your willingness of support fpor the victim of Tsunami disaster. We would like to let introduce ourself yto be now to you as Grama Seva Kendra is a social welfare voluteers service organisation constituted by well determined dedicated service minded people in the year of 1984. It was registered as a voluntary service society in 1986, under the Government of Tamilnadu society Act 1976. The Government of India registered our service and alloted a number 07650008 under section Foreign contribution regulation Act 1976.

    Beneferies:

    Since its inception, the Kendra has completed a number of projects funded by the State Government, Central Government and Doner from abroad for the benefit of the rural poor, exspecially Widows, Devocee, Single womwn, Lonely, Aelples, physicaly Handicapped, Educated unemployed, youths-Boys and Girls, Farm Labourers who depending on land lords money lender, Government officials and the middle man who are preventing the government sponsored welfare schemes, reaching the deserved ones.

    Goal:

    We wanted to bring the downtrodden economically weaker section of the socirty to self relient in food and basic needs and free from the mustle power and money power from depency to indepentant.
    (Especially Tsunami Affected People)

    Activities:

    Create and awareness through non formal education, formal education, health education, preservation of environment, family planning, human rights, women rights, cultural programs and training them in self help schemes and income generating, job oriented small scale ventures and helping victims of natural calamities such as Earth quake, (Tsunami) rain flood, Thanderstorm displaced people due ethnic dashes and conflicts.

    Present Axctivities:

    Awreness programe on prevention HIV/AIDS spreading, community organisation, forming credit union in Taluk level and District level and construction of low cost house for poor people and brick making by self Group of women.

    The Government of Tamilnadu have alloted a peace of land consisting 50 acres for the use of this Kendra is Trichy district.

    We are operating in poor District. They are Thiruchirappalli, Pudukkottai, Thanjavur, and Nagapattinam in each District we have adopted 10 villages the you are aware that India is a very large country and it cannot br developed with our the help of the well developed countries more over the Government allown cannot go on the without the support of the NGO’s like us. We concentrate in the rural poor who’s status and condition of living, quality of food clothing and sheltor and very low.

    Our specific need for the Tsunami affected people:
    Besides it is relevant state that after analysing of four villages such as Puspavanam, Naluvedhapathi, Ariyanat Street, Vellapallam which we have adopted we came to know that there is 300 Fibre boats required for 1200 fishermen (a boat for 4persons) who lost their own belongings, shelrtors and employment. We further more you are therefore asked to support them to develop there standared of living by providing essential instrument (Fibre boats). The budget for the 300 Fibre boats is given below for ypur kindly attention. 600000 US $. Please let us know whether would you provide us (or) share which other organisations (or) recommended other agencies to arrange fund for this programe.

    Thanking you,
    Yours Sicerely,
    R.Manoharan.
    Program Director,
    Grama Seva Kendra,
    Nagavilagam,
    Rathamangalam (Post),
    Kilvelur Taluk,
    Nagapattinam District,
    Tamilnadu,
    India
    Pin – 611 109.

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