Latest Report (April 2006)

April 2006 As outlined in previous reports, Sarvodaya’s work has focused on twelve broad areas. This report summarises the work achieved in the second half of 2005 and first quarter of 2006. Many projects remain ongoing and new projects are started as new needs and opportunities arise. Click to download the PDF version of the complete report (60MB)

CAMP AND COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT
Whilst the welfare centres and temporary shelters work was completed in the first six months, Shanthi Sena Peace Brigade volunteers continue with village-to-village activities linking different ethnic communities.

WATER AND SANITATION
Work continues with a number of projects in funded by various partner donors; some 904 wells and 4,572 sanitation facilities have been built, many more repaired. In addition, rainwater harvesting tanks, 185 water tanks and agro-wells have been created. In all, 86,665 beneficiaries have been assisted, many of them paid stipends to contribute to the work themselves under the ‘Cash for Work’ scheme.

HEALTH & PREVENTATIVE CARE
The Community Health Unit has carried out a number of initiatives including the distribution of leaflets and poster programmes on nutrition, health clinics for mothers and children, training programmes and projects to prevent infection and mosquito-borne disease.

HOUSING RESETTLEMENT
Work has included clean-up ‘Shramadana’ programmes engaging the villagers affected, construction of new houses, repairing damaged homes and supplying household goods. Over 400 new houses have been completed. Click here to view the Lagoswatte Opening.

WOMEN, CHILDREN & ORPHANS
40 new pre-schools in 8 affected districts are complete or under construction and a number of damaged pre-schools have been repaired and are now operating again. Some children’s homes are being upgraded to cater for Tsunami orphans and educational supplies provided. Substantial psycho-social programmes have been undertaken such as the ongoing creation of 85 playgrounds and training programmes leading to volunteer-led counselling and ‘children helping children’ scheme. Specific livelihood development schemes have been implemented to benefit 2,727 women in four districts.

LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT
Thousands of families have now been granted loans and livelihood development funds both by Sarvodaya in partnership with donors and by Sarvodaya’s Economic Enterprise Development Society (SEEDS).

DOCUMENTATION & LEGAL ASSISTANCE
Almost 14,000 individuals have received assistance in securing and replacing legal documents whilst an additional 5,000 have received legal aid. Over 58,000 handbooks on how to prepare legal documents have been distributed.

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Waste and compost bins, leaflets on environmental protection and related training programmes have been carried out in 226 villages. In addition, the clean up and replanting programmes continue with special emphasis on educating people on minimising the use of polythene and how to minimise the risk of spreading diseases.

COMMUNICATIONS
This programme focuses on education; 32 villages in 10 districts have received information on natural disasters and a data collection project across all of Sarvodaya’s 226 impacted villages is underway.
The People’s Forum programme, launched earlier in 2005, continues to facilitate grassroots dialogues on the peace process, the effects of the Tsunami and needs of the people in each area. These generated People’s Action Plans for local recovery and reconstruction for which grants were given to put the plans into action.

DISASTER MANAGEMENT & MITIGATION
Sarvodaya has now set up a new Disaster Management Unit, housed in a purpose-designed building close to the headquarters in Moratuwa. Four projects are already underway:- developing an early warning system; enhancing resilience of coastal communities to natural disaster; disaster preparedness; hydro-meteorological project. All of these are in partnership with specialists and donor partners.

INTEGRATED VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT

The Peace Secretariat is working with a number of specialised donor partners in conflict transformation and peace building. Starting with the reconstruction of villages and multi-purpose community centres, this work will develop to encompass village integration and the development of ethnic harmony.

WHAT IS NEEDED NOW?
Sarvodaya’s work programme continues unabated; some projects remain ongoing, new ones are identified each month. All of this work hasn’t replaced Sarvodaya’s day-to-day activities but has added to them on an unprecedented scale. New staff have had to be employed, we face new challenges upgrading our IT facilities, transport costs have increased dramatically and we need funds to support the driving force which has achieved so much and has so much more to achieve to help the Tsunami survivors to rebuild sustainable lives in permanent homes with adequate facilities. Let your donation help us to help people to help themselves.