Lying off the southern tip of India, the tropical island of Sri Lanka has attracted visitors for centuries with its natural beauty.
But it has been scarred by a long and bitter civil war arising out of ethnic tensions between the majority Sinhalese and the Tamil minority in the northeast.
After more than 25 years of violence the conflict ended in May 2009, when government forces seized the last area controlled by Tamil Tiger rebels. But recriminations over abuses by both sides continue.
The island fell under Portuguese and Dutch influence after the 16th century. It gained independence in 1948, after nearly 150 years of British rule.
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In many countries the privilege of free schooling is a luxury that some only wish they had. Cameroon is one such country. With most students affected by poverty, going to school is no longer an economically viable option for most students, despite their desire to attend.
The violent presence of the terrorist group Boko Haram also has far-reaching negative effects on people’s well-being, children’s education and adults’ ability to work. Circumstances are especially difficult for those children who come from widowed households, making them especially vulnerable to poverty and exploitation.
This project seeks to provide and equip 13 students from widowed households with adequate uniform and school equipment to maintain a consistent education. Although the local Adventist church along with the government in Cameroon have assisted students, due to the great need, this project requires greater assistance. This is where you come in…
How can you help? Through a donation of just £500 you could help 13 widowed Adventist households to send their children to school with the adequate resources to succeed. Through your donation, you will be joining forces with ADRA Cameroon and the local SDA church leadership who will assist in distributing goods to those who have the greatest needs.
Help us today by pledging to donate a minimum of £500 to help these children in need. Remember it’s easy to make a difference, visit adra.org.uk/get-involved/ for fundraising tips and ideas.
1712 - Clean Water for 30 Families
Access to basic needs like clean water are only a wish for those living in Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. Badly affected by the 30- year long civil war and the Tsunami, life in these regions is difficult. Due to limited resources, those living in the Northern and Eastern provinces have become very vulnerable and susceptible to water borne diseases. Due to contaminated water in Sri Lanka, a high number of people die from diseases such as Chronic Renal Failure and in some cases Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin.
How can you help? A donation of £2,200 towards this project would provide at least 30 vulnerable families (approximately 140 people) within the Northern and Eastern Province community with not only access to clean water, but also the training to raise awareness about personal hygiene and sanitation across generations.
Your contribution will help ADRA Sri Lanka to provide a hand pump for these families which will give the whole community a sustainable source of clean, safe water.
How do we know it works?ADRA Sri Lanka have taken this project to various other regions of Sri Lanka, where it has been very successful in reducing water borne diseases such as Chronic Renal Failure which is a common killer in Sri Lanka.
A recipient of this project named Wickramsinghe, says:“it is a good thing that now we have a way to prevent our grandchildren being ill, though too late for me…I am grateful to ADRA for this gift to our village”
1713 -Refugee Returning Community
There are more than 65,000 Sri Lankan refugees in the South of India at present even after the end of the civil conflict in 2009. However, since 2009 there have been 8,000 persons returning to Sri Lanka. A once income generating community through its agricultural produce, the Vauvniya and Kilinochchi District of Northern Sri Lanka has now become home to some of the most vulnerable people within the country. Heavily impacted by the 30-year Sri Lankan civil war, The Kilinochchi District has the highest unemployment rate (7.6%) in the country contributing to the unemployment (5.3%) and underemployment (4.6%) rates in the Northern Province. Additionally, the literacy rate is the lowest in Kilinochchi (86.5%).
Through an 8- week project ADRA Sri Lanka aims to assist 15 families (approximately 70 people) to start their own businesses through an income generating activity, i.e.- agriculture, fishing. ADRA Sri Lanka will assist families to help and support them to select a viable business to help to overcome poverty.
So what can YOU do? ADRA UK and ADRA Sri Lanka is giving you and your local church, the unique opportunity to help in improving the lives and incomes of the Tea Estate Community. You can make a difference by donating £5,000 to the project which will help ADRA to provide the resources, training and business skills to the 15 selected families. These skills will be an asset in supporting the continuity of each new business.
So, what are you waiting for?! Join ADRA in becoming one step closer to a world without poverty and distress. Time to get those fundraising cogs turning!
Connect to people in need!
Help to make life changing impact in communities!
Connect church members!
Raise the funds needed in 6-12 months and see the impact your help makes!