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January 8, 2005

Thank You Bill Frist


Sarvodaya would like to thank US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist for his generous donation from the World Hope Foundation. These are Dr. Frist’s words:

Earlier this afternoon in a small village in Sri Lanka I hand-delivered $25,000 from the World of Hope Foundation directly to Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne and his wife, founders of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movment, which is now one of the most highly regarded indigenous nongovernmental organization in Sri Lanka. It was our first meeting. But he is a saintly man and a legend in the country. Their focus is children and relief and basic human services, with a very special emphasis on self-development and the psychological impact of disaster. I met him outside on a sunny day at one of his orphanages where we had just helped in the delivery of massive amounts of a vital children’s fluid replacement solution called Pedialite donated by Abbott Labs, carried over generously by Tennessee’s own FedEx and supported by the Limited and other US and Sri Lankan companies. As I personally presented the World Of Hope funds on behalf of so many of you (WOH was established this year to respond to public health and disaster crises around the world as a currency of peace through humanitarian and medical assistance and contributed to by many of you – and I deeply thank you.), I was struck by the warm coming together of so many world and American partners to respond to the evolving disaster, beginning with you and families all across America. What a connected world we really are!

Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement for the People in Need.