Over the past two months the Rosie May Foundation has tirelessly been campaigning to raise money for the victims of the recent flooding in Sri Lanka, May 2017. With over 200 deaths and nearly 500,000 people being displaced RMF have been on the ground to offer continued help and support for the families that have been affected.
The Rosie May Foundation has been able to raise an incredible £3,245.37, with over 30 supporters to provide immediate and continued support. Project Hope is a community out reach programme which offers single parent mothers at risk of abandoning their babies and children the support and opportunity to empower themselves. The reality in Sri Lanka is that mothers are so poor, orphanages become a realistic alternative to look after their children. Through incentives such as incense making, cooking and sewing programmes and tuk tuk driving lessons the Rosie May Foundation aim to strength families. These incentives are created in order to develop skills for women to become financially independent and take control over their futures.
I have had the opportunity to work with Project Hope and visit families that have been affected by this recent natural disaster. With the money raised Project Hope have been able to help 8 families and provide;
- Build 4 toilets
- Repair 2 roofs
- 8 double matteresses and one single
- 12 bed sheets and 24 pillow cases
- 8 double mosquito nets and one single mosquito net
- 4 school bags, 12m of material for school uniform and 9 vouchers for school shoes
- Food vouchers
Here are the families that we have been able to support with your help:
Kushal and his family were referred to Project Hope by a local hospital after Kushal fell ill, loosing his speech, becoming unable to swallow and is now paralysed in his right hand. Project Hope have been able to support Kushal's family by providing his monthly supply of special milk which he drink through his tube, in addition to paying for his transportation to physiotherapy.
Kushal’s grandmothers house was completely destroyed by the recent flooding in Sri Lanka. Luckily, the community came together to rebuild her house out of mud. Unfortunately, the flooding also damaged the families roof and their toilet is broken. The family are very poor and worried about paying for Kushals medical treatment, so cannot afford to repair their toilet or roof. The Rosie May Foundation have been able to offer support by repairing their roof and building them a new toilet. Below, Kushals sister and mother receiving new bedding, pillow cases and a voucher for school shoes.
Nirosha is one of our Project Hope women, she is involved in insence making, cooking classes and has recently just passed her tuk tuk driving lesson. She is a single mother, and lives with her daughter and her grandmother. The Rosie May Foundation were able to provide her with three mattresses, bedding, pillow cases and mosquito nets.
The roof on her house was also badly damaged in the flooding. When natural disaster strikes, women are usually more disadvantaged. They are less likely to receive access to the resources needed to survive and rebuild. They are more likely to be dependent on others, and also have the added responsibility of uneven expectations concerning child care.
Nandawathie is a single parent mother who has two children of her own. She has recently also taken on her brothers 3 children after he abandoned them. Nadawathie makes cinnamon sticks and sells them to the local market, but with only one income and 6 mouths to feed they don't receive much. The family has received two double mattress with mosquito nets, so all four of the girls no longer have to share one bed, pillow cases and bed sheets and 12m of material to make school uniforms.
The families toilet was damaged in the flooding, so the family currently have no working toilet and have to go into the jungle. Often issues relating to women, female hygiene, sanitary pads and tampons are often forgotten, or not seen as necessary in emergency rations. Project Hope are now re-building this family a toilet to ensure that these women receive the economic and psychological support and privacy they deserve.
Suneetha kodituwakku, a local family in the chief priest village with two young children were left helpless after their home was destroyed. After the flooding left lasting damage on their personal possessions and their children's school equipment the parents were unable to replace the necessary essential's for them to go to school. RMF were able to provide this family with school packs, a mattress and mosquito net for the children.
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